PRIME Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has been named on Vanity Fair’s list of the top ten best-dressed world leaders.
“Vanity Fair is a cultural filter, sparking the global conversation about the people and ideas that matter most,” according to its website, vanityfair.com.
The magazine claims an average monthly audience of 2.7 million.
On the home page for the site, Persad-Bissessar is featured alongside United States President Barack Obama, David Cameron, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, and President of Costa Rica Laura Chinchilla.
The introduction for the top ten list of the best dressed world leaders states:
“VF.com’s celebration of the sartorial elite has already included stylish television characters, well-appointed pontiffs, and readers like you.
“Today’s gallery is a distinctively international affair, spotlighting the men and women who accessorise political acumen with perfect tailoring, bold colour schemes, and idiosyncratic personal touches.”
Persad-Bissessar’s photograph is the sixth on the list, although the countdown is not ranked.
In the caption supporting the photograph of Persad-Bissessar, Vanity Fair states:
“The first female prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago—and the second first female prime minister on this list—Kamla Persad-Bissessar chose a shiny, lime-green suit for her swearing-in and has not ceased experimenting with more adventurous fashion since.”
“She pairs drop earrings with pearl necklaces, brooches with statement lapels, pink jackets with purple eye shadow and, most notably, a punchy personal style with political appropriateness,” the caption stated.
Sonia Gandhi, president of the Indian National Congress, and Joyce Banda, president of Malawi, were the only other women featured on the list.
In August 2010, Persad-Bissessar was named on an unranked list of the “Top 10 female leaders” on Time Magazine’s website, time.com.