Clinton: Burden 'so heavy' for high-profile women when it comes to appearance
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Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGrassley blasts Democrats over unwillingness to probe Clinton GOP lawmakers cite new allegations of political bias in FBI Top intel Dem: Trump Jr. refused to answer questions about Trump Tower discussions with father MORE says “the burden is so heavy” for many women with high-profile jobs, when it comes to their appearance.

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“We’re doing a job that is not a celebrity job or an entertainment or fashion job. … In a professional setting, treat us as professionals,” the former secretary of State says in an interview for Glamour magazine’s September issue.

Clinton replies in the affirmative when asked if it’s ever valid to pay attention to her fashion choices, saying with a laugh, “I mean, clearly people should meet an acceptable threshold of appropriateness! I think that for many women in the public eye, it just seems that the burden is so heavy.”

Being perfectly coifed “takes a lot of time,” Clinton says. “I’ve often laughed with my male colleagues, like, ’What did you do? You took a shower, you combed your hair, you put your clothes on. I couldn’t do that.’ ”

The former first lady, 66, who, in her own tongue-in-cheek Twitter profile declares herself a “hair icon” and “pantsuit aficionado,” also discusses women who are striving for perfection.

“I think this … ‘perfectionist gene’ that too many young women have holds them back, and instead, they should be really aiming for ‘good enough.’ You don’t have to be perfect,” she says.

Clinton says men “never” have the same perfectionist mentality: “They’re just trying to figure out what’s the opening and how they can seize it. They’re not thinking about, ‘Oh my gosh, I’m not perfect. My hair’s not perfect today. I wore the wrong shoes.’ No.”