As the first female presidential candidate nominated by a major political party, Senator Hillary Clinton was under constant scrutiny during the election not only for her for proposed policies, but for her physical appearance. On the campaign trail, Clinton was known for her pantsuits, her coif, and spot-on lipstick. In her new memoir What Happened, Clinton reflected on her lengthly beauty routine and the pressures she felt to look a certain way.
"I've never gotten used to how much effort it takes just to be a woman in the public eye," Clinton wrote. "I once calculated how many hours I spent having my hair and makeup done during the campaign. It came to about 600 hours, or 25 days. I was so shocked, I checked the math twice."
While Clinton tried to make time in the makeup chair productive by taking calls and preparing for meetings, she regretted the hours lost—hours her male counterparts could use to do other things. (A recent study showed that women spend 355 hours, or two weeks a year on their appearance.)
"I'm not jealous of my male colleagues often, but I am when it comes to how they can just shower, shave, put on a suit, and be ready to go. The few times I've gone out in public without makeup, it's made the news," she wrote.
Before her husband's 1982 bid for governor of Arkansas, Clinton admits that she barely wore makeup, according to a profile by the New York Times. As part of an effort to convince voters that she could be a more traditional first lady, Clinton switched her glasses for contacts, changed her clothes, and started wearing cosmetics.
President Trump has made comments about "not being impressed" with his former opponent's looks, and in the days after the election, Clinton made headlines appearing relatively makeup-free for a speech for the Children's Defense Fund.
"So I sigh, and keep getting back in that chair, and dream of a future in which women in the public eye don't need to wear makeup if they don't want to, and no one cares either way," she wrote.