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”.