In her first official appearance since her concession speech, Hillary Clinton spoke at the Children’s Defense Fund’s Beat the Odds Gala in Washington, D.C. While the speech itself was touching, Clinton’s makeup-free face and low-key hairdo made it particularly poignant for women and as always, triggered a avalanche of opinions.
Some said “weary-looking,” “unkempt,” and “clearly no longer concerned about impressing the public visually” but I think that, as with everything Hillary Clinton does, it was deliberate and had a message. Her whole career in the public eye, Clinton has been criticized for her clothing choices, her appearance and the amount she does or does not smile at any given time. "For Clinton to give any speech, particularly her first after the election, with little to no makeup packs a powerful message. Clinton is not here for you, me or anyone else. She does not have to look a certain way for anyone. She has no one left to impress. She does not have to look perfectly polished to give a speech to benefit children because it’s the message that matters, not the makeup."
Women know what it is to be judged by how we look, how we smile, how we talk and walk and not by the message or the work we represent. Hillary Clinton is sending a powerful message - I am done playing the game. After suffering the biggest disappointment of her life—she is focused on public service and continuing her work, not her hairdo or her face.