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Unkind, unkind. Those com-
ments on Her Excellency s
wardrobe choices for the Inde-
pendence Day ceremony and
awards function were just mer-
"Like she hurriedly wrapped
herself in a flag, one anonymous
observer remarked. (Hey, if you re
going to be forthright, disclose
"The white shoes were also
strange came another sniper.
My friend Jay, a gentle soul, sug-
gested, "An intervention is need-
Before we get all overwrought,
when all that might be needed is
a nice cup of tea and nibble of
chocolate, consider the inequality
of treatment here.
Did anyone utter a syllable on
what Dr Jean Ramjohn Richards
wore to any event? Was Mrs Zalay-
har Hassanali ever assessed on her
Is Mrs Reema Carmona to be
held to a different standard because
she is young and cute and has all
Oh, how well I know the burden
of being beautiful.
Short of wearing a veil, I have
had to turn down my own dimmer
switch a notch or two just so I
could get through the day and con-
centrate on necessary tasks without
being bombarded by compliments,
unsolicited advice and hate mail.
So I am not fretting over Mrs
Carmona, whom I am sure is a
nice woman, with better things to
do than weep over what the news-
papers say about her white shoes
and unco-operative chignon.
It s like Barbara Bush said when
she was America s First Lady and
observers were carping about her
white hair and grandmotherly
appearance, compared to her hus-
band s more contemporary look.
"Don t ask me about my
clothes, she said, charmingly. "Ask
me about my beautiful mind.
Life just is not fair to women in
the public eye.
Nobody said anything about
Laura Bush s schoolmarm choices
(except me right now) but the
whole world had an opinion on
Hillary Clinton s headband.
Anna Wintour, the sharp-
tongued editor of US Vogue, once
berated Hillary for declining to
appear in the magazine in 2008
because she feared appearing too
feminine. "This is America, Wintour
snapped. "Not Saudi Arabia.
Ouch. Few women manage to capture
the public imagination the way Michelle
Obama has, for her brains as well as
her overall image.
Fashion arbiter Andre Leon Talley
says he can t remember what Michelle
wore when he first met her but what
sticks in his mind is how well informed
she was on so many topics.
Michelle has become such an inter-
national fashion icon that Iranian news
agency photoshopped a higher neckline
and sleeves on the evening gown she
wore to the Oscars this year, lest Iranian
women get the idea that they, too, are
The rule seems to be that the better
looking you are, the more is expected
of your stylist. Modern women in public
life have to be brilliant---from their brain
cells right down to their designer shoes.
Men just have to show up, preferably
on time, and with their zippers up.
Mrs Carmona and feed her to Joan
Rivers and the Fashion Police.
You think designers are flinging their
garments at her for free to get the
recognition? You think she has time,
in between children s homework, char-
itable projects and the gym, to worry
about how we feel about her disobe-
On the other hand, a woman with
such status can do powerful things with
the right image, and not just for the
Image is about psychology and a
strong, optimistic outlook, which comes
from more than what we put on our
backs, can only help this beloved repub-
Leave Reema (her clothes and shoes) alone!
Critics have given a cold reception
to a new film starring Naomi Watts
as Diana, Princess of Wales in the
final years of her life.
The film, which premiered in Lon-
don on Thursday, also stars Lost s
Naveen Andrews as heart surgeon Has-
nat Khan, with whom Diana had a
The film company said they set out
to make an "insightful and compas-
sionate study of Diana s later years".
But critics have called it "atrocious
Writing in her one-star review, The
Times Kate Muir took aim at the
biopic s "squirmingly embarrassing
script". The Mirror s David Edwards
described the film as "a cheap and
cheerless effort that looks like a Chan-
nel 5 mid-week matinee".
"The Queen of Hearts has been
recast as a sad-sack singleton that
even Bridget Jones would cross the
street to avoid," writes Edwards.
Similarly Christopher Tookey s one-
star review in the Daily Mail brands
the film as "terribly, terribly dull".
"The movie is not as tacky or sen-
sationalist as one might fear," writes
Tookey, but concludes "the bottom of
the royal barrel has been scraped once
Naomi Watts describes how she got
into character to play Diana, at the
film s world premiere in London
"I hesitate to use the term car crash
drama , writes Guardian critic Peter
Bradshaw. "But the awful truth is that,
16 years after that terrible day in 1997,
she has died another awful death."
"This is due to an excruciatingly
well-intentioned, reverential and sen-
timental biopic about her troubled
final years, laced with bizarre cardboard
dialogue---a tabloid fantasy of how
famous and important people speak
Watts, best known for her Oscar-
nominated turns in last year s The
Impossible and 21 Grams, also comes
in for criticism. Bradshaw says "Watts s
elaborate impression has... the doe-
eyed gaze of seduction and reproach".
But adds "she looks like she s in a
two-hour Spitting Image sketch,
scripted by Jeffrey Archer".
The Mirror s Edwards scoffs that
Watts "looks, acts and sounds nothing
like the Princess of Wales".
"Wesley Snipes in a blonde wig
would be more convincing."
The Independent s Geoffrey McNab
gives a kinder 3-star review, praising
Watts s "intense and volatile perform-
ance", but echoes that the 44-year-
old actress "doesn t really resemble
the character she is playing".
"What makes it frustrating as a film
though, are its many sudden shifts in
mood," he adds.
The Daily Express, however, counters
the momentum, calling the film "a
must see this autumn (which) will
leave the audience in tears". (BBC)
Diana film slammed
by British press
Some critics are unconvinced by
Naomi Watts, left, who plays Diana,
Princess of Wales. One critic said
"Wesley Snipes in a blonde wig would
be more convincing." AP PHOTO
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