Wednesday, September 30, 2009

"The Only Thing That Separates Us From Animals Is Our Ability To Accessorize"

I love that quote from 'Steel Magnolias'

I’ve always been interested in Madeleine Albright’s story. An immigrant. A woman who blasted away the glass ceiling. A professor. A stateswoman. And a bit of whimsical soul with a wonderful sense of understated humor.

I have to mention that I have not always been enamored of her pro-military stand on many situations but that’s a different post.

Her pin collection has become famous. When I was a child they were called brooches. I remember my Nana had a few that she lovingly attached to her “good sweater”.

Ms. Albright’s pin collection is on display at NYC’s Museum of Arts and Design. You can read about the exhibit HERE

Ms. Albright also has a new book out called ‘Read My Pins’. In her book she explains …

“Former President George H.W. Bush had been known for saying ‘Read my lips.’ I began urging colleagues and reporters to ‘Read my pins,’ ” Albright writes explaining how she began to portray messages through her jewelry.

One of the most famous pins …

… came about after Saddam Hussein called her an “unparalleled serpent”. She began wearing it to all meetings involving Iraq.

After wearing a bee pin to a meeting with Yasser Arafat he sent her a butterfly.

One of my favorites is the zebra pin she wore to stand side by side with Nelson Mandela.

Ms. Albright’s grand daughter doesn’t understand all the fuss over “Grandma Maddie”, according to her “all the Secretary‘s of State have been women, what’s the big deal”.


Bond said...

A special lady indeed...unfortunately today I can not see your pictures

Linda said...

"Read my pins" - that's excellent and Madeline Albright is definitely a true treasure and to be admired even if one doesn't agree with all of her policies.

Perhaps I'll have to try to get down to NYC to check out her pin collection at some point in time; I bet it's worth the trip!

bobbie said...

I saw her with her pins on TV. I think it was on CBS Sunday Morning. Loved it!

Raven said...

Love that snake pin. Zebra is very cool too. I wasn't aware of her pin collection. Very cool. Thanks for teaching me something new.

Arkansas Patti said...

I also saw her on CBS and thought some of her pins would look good on a coffee table(really big). They were all so different and each had meaning and a story behind it. She would be a fun lady to lunch with.

Mrs. C said...

Do all her shirts have holes in them? Emperor and Elf love little buttons, but can't keep them on well. :]

Daryl said...

She is an amazing woman. She learned not long ago her birth mother was Jewish ...

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful post today. I love this blogging. I'm learning so much about others in snipets that I didn't know.

I'm borrowning your pin with the gay couples of you don't mind. if you do, come tell me & i'll take it down okay?

Hope your feeling well today. have you heard back from them yet? Tammy

Mare said...

CBS Sunday Morning did a piece on Madeline Albright and her pins. It was a super interview. I love that Sunday Morning show.

kaye said...

very interesting post. I'll have to read the book

Jay said...

I've always been a huge fan of hers. She's an amazing person.

Cloudia said...

cool post today.

Aloha, Friend!

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Matt-Man said...

I am not a huge fan, but I like her and think she is incredibly smart. Cheers Di!!

SnoopMurph said...

An impressive woman for certain. I'd love to see her pins....such great stories behind.

The boys and I enjoyed Siren's antics too in your previous post. Of course, I couldn't post any comments, because they had me scrolling around looking for more cat photos.....

Hope all is well.

Scott Oglesby said...

I’ve always like Madeleine Albright. She’s been on The Daily Show a lot lately and she’s really funny too. I think I remember that picture of her standing next to Mandela. Was it when he was declared president of South Africa?

My great aunt had 100’s of those pins, but unfortunately they were mostly really tacky, HUGE pieces of fake gems. She’d plaster them all over her torso for bingo night.

Micky-T said...

She has a great sense of humor and I bet her and Bill got along really well, but I'm sure he never wanted to fuck her. Ha Ha

the walking man said...

What no American flag pin? The commie! Actually I would have to have a middle finger raised pin had I ever the opportunity to meet either bush.

maryt/theteach said...

I love this post, Dianne! What marvelous pins! I'm going to find that book! thanks for the info! I've renewed interest in the lady! :)

CG said...

What an interesting post! I'm a huge fan of accesories but don't really wear pins. I like the way she uses hers to make a point!

Nessa said...

"Maddie" is a fascinating woman. Her pins are pretty. i have a lot of pins but I don't wear them. I just look at them in my jewelry box.

PS. Please check your reader if you are not seeing new posts for me. It seems my feed address changed while I was gone. I am posting daily. And most importantly, Rabbit, Rabbit!

Linda Reeder said...

I like Madeline and her pins. I saw her On Rachel Maddow's show the other day. They were a kick together.
I would like to read her book.

Grayquill said...

You taught me a thing or six today. She sure did have the accessorizing down.

Shelly said...'re making me miss network news...with the digital switch my only (3) channels are Canadian. Don't care for her political stance but the woman has brains and guts - gotta give her that.

Reb said...

Love that Zebra pin. I'll bet she got great joy out of wearing all those pins.

Deborah Godin said...

Did you catch her interview with Rachel Maddow,too? That's a wonderful zebra shoulder pin. I think she's a great lady and stateswoman; I'm a fan!

jennifer said...

An extremely intelligent woman.

We still call them brooches in my family. When I dress up, I like to wear them too.

Hilary said...

Wow that zebra pin looks mighty impressive. I can't imagine it would too comfy to wear, but it sure looks cool. Fun post. I had no idea about the pins.

Jacob said...

I saw the interview with Katie Couric...I almost came unpinned! What a collection!

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

GREAT Post, my dear. I hope you are going to go see this show! It sounds quite fascinating, as she herself is....! I have always been taken with her "pins", too...I might just have to read that book!

Happily Retired Gal said...

Marvelous post about a fascinating woman! I've seen her interviewed on several shows about her new book and plan to read it soon.
Hugs and blessings,

Michael Manning said...

I learned something new today! I don't know much about her except that she tried very hard to achieve peace in the Middle East. Yassar Arafat walked out of a White House meeting and she ordered the gates closed and ran down the drive way to urge him back to the table. I liked that spirit!

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