LONDON — Theresa May has got almost as much attention for her taste in fashion as for her policies in some corners of the press since she became Prime Minister in July.
May is fond of wearing eye-catching kitten heels and flats, and editors at Britain’s biggest papers have definitely noticed. Here’s just a small selection of headlines:
- The Telegraph: Theresa May reveals her shoes are the ‘greatest love’ of her life and that she dislikes her nose;
- The Sun: Shoe fan Theresa May ditches her trademark heels for barefoot tribute to Gandhi;
- The Daily Mail: It’s the STEEL lady! Theresa May dons £215 Russell & Bromley black suede flats with metal toe caps to deliver a tough Brexit speech in Birmingham;
- Evening Standard: Theresa May’s most memorable looks from parliament’s most talked about shoe closet as she heads to 10 Downing Street;
- The Mirror: Theresa May is a LOT more than her shoes – but it doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy them.
But the Prime Minister says she doesn’t mind the press fawning over her footwear, even if it sometimes looks like its at the expense of her policies.
She told the Financial Times in an interview on Thursday: “Do I worry about people focusing on what I wear? No.
“There’s a story that might illustrate why. A few years ago I got into a lift in the House of Commons with a young woman who happened to be wearing a nice pair of shoes and I said: ‘Oh, nice shoes.’ And she said she liked my shoes as well. And then she looked at me and said: ‘Your shoes got me into politics.'”
She added: “I didn’t get the whole story, but something that can make people feel that they can approach a politician, or that politicians are like them, not some different species, I think is very important.”
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