Move over, housewives — there’s a new fashionista in D.C.
New York Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand revealed a new, sleek look in the November issue of Vogue.
Clad in a slimming Michael Kors sheath dress and sophisticated white walking coat, Gillibrand — who has lost more than 40 pounds since she was appointed to the Senate seat vacated by Hillary Clinton in January 2009 — stands striking and confident in front of the U.S. Capitol.
How did Gillibrand get so fit and svelte? The senator claims she kept to a very strict diet and started playing sports again, namely tennis.
“I had saved all my [size] 4s and 6s from before I had children, but when I started this diet I said, ‘I’m going to give away all my clothes because I want to start fresh,’ and I wanted to reward myself; if I ever get back to that size, I can buy new clothes,” she said.
“I gave away every stitch of clothing that I was not wearing. I started at a size 16, and now I am back at a 4/6.”
In the magazine spread, Gillibrand displays her softer side: playing with her young sons in her Senate office and walking with aides in a stylish Dolce & Gabbana jacket and dress.
Vogue writer Jonathan Van Meter said: “Gillibrand is loose and fun ... She’s a small-town girl with rural American values, but big-city aspirations.”
But for all her new style, don’t expect Gillibrand to follow in the footsteps of fashion lover Michelle Obama anytime soon.
“As modern and young as Gillibrand is, [fashion] is one part of her job that remains fuddy-duddy; it seems unlikely that she will blaze a daring fashion path on Capitol Hill,” Van Meter wrote. “Which is too bad, because these days, she could pull it off.”