Australian politician Julie Bishop hoped to break the stigma that older women can’t wear certain clothes for an International Women’s Day photoshoot.
The former Minister for Foreign Affairs, 66, channeled her inner Carrie Bradshaw from Sex And The City as she posed for Stellar Magazine in just a jacket and tights, but many readers were not impressed.
To celebrate International Women’s Day, which takes place on March 8, she posed for the magazine in several colourful and out-there outfits- but the comments for one outfit, in particular, were anything but celebratory.
As the first female foreign minister in Australia, she has certainly shattered some glass ceilings- but many Instagram users don’t love her bold outfit choices.
In one snap for her magazine photoshoot, Julie stands tall in a blue blazer dress and black sheer tights.
Australian politician Julie Bishop (pictured) hopes to break the stigma that older women can’t wear certain clothes for an International Women’s Day photoshoot with Stellar Magazine
The former Minister for Foreign Affairs, 66, channeled her inner Carrie Bradshaw from Sex And The City (played by Sarah Jessica Parker, pictured) as she posed in just a jacket and tights
On her feet, she opted for open-toe black stiletto heels.
Her short blonde hair falls around her face as she accesorised with simple gold hoops and full-glam makeup look with a bold dark lip.
Many readers weren’t a fan of the look, and some questioned where her trousers were.
One person wrote: ‘Is she auditioning for a role as a stripper? Who would wear something like this? Surely with her time spent in chambers she would know to say NO to this styling.’
Many readers weren’t a fan of the look, and some questioned where her trousers were
Someone else chimed in: ‘No definitely not… cheapens her look. Love more elegance’ with someone else agreeing: ‘That stylist got it wrong completely!!’
While another said: ‘The second photo is a little classier, not sure about the blue blazer with no pants.’
However, others were disappointed that Stellar used the photo on their Instagram page, as it sparked a debate about her style and not her achievements.
One user commented: ‘It’s a shame that they used this photo because all everyone is focusing on is that she forgot to put pants on not her achievements!’
An ambassador of David Jones, the former foreign minister wanted to push the boat for the photoshoot – and prove that women can wear what they want
The former foreign affairs minister wants to show women that style doesn’t age
An ambassador of David Jones, the former foreign minister wanted to push the boat for the photoshoot – and prove that women can wear what they want no matter what age they are.
‘I set my own standards, I meet my own benchmarks and I don’t let others define who I am or what I do,’ she told Stellar Magazine.
‘Style doesn’t age. Women were considered to have a shelf life, and women in media know this better than most. I think we’ve smashed that paradigm.
‘Now you can be an achiever in whatever you set out to do. You can be fashionable at any age.’
Julie admitted that the shoot was inspired by Sarah Jessica Parker’s character Carrie Bradshaw and her book cover. ‘I’ve always been a fan of Sex And The City,’ she said
Julie admitted that the shoot was inspired by Sarah Jessica Parker’s character Carrie Bradshaw.
‘I’ve always been a fan of Sex And The City,’ she said.
‘I felt the story about the connection between the four women who were going through different stages of their lives was very powerful.
‘[In season five], Sumatran styled Carrie for her book cover, and she had achieved what she set out to — she finished a book about her life, and it was that sense of achievement that’s reflected in a rather powerful pose of the tuxedo jacket and the stockings and heels.’
Julie also confirmed that she was ‘Channeling Carrie’ in the comments underneath Stellar’s Instagram post.
Read more in this week’s issue of Stellar Magazine