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British Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip John May attend the Pride Of Britain awards (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Women in politics

Theresa May faces criticism for wearing ‘short’ sleeveless dress

November 3, 2016

British Prime Minister Theresa May is causing a stir in England — not just with her politics, but also with her wardrobe. At the Pride of Britain Awards on Monday night in London, May wore a sleeveless navy dress that drew the ire of viewers who complained about being able to see the prime minister’s arms and knees.

May has long be open about her interest in fashion — including a penchant for leopard print kitten heels. “I feel that one of the challenges for women in politics, in the world of business everywhere, is to be ourselves. To be able to say, ‘You know what? You can be clever and you can like clothes,” May told Tina Brown at the 2015 Women in the World Summit in London. Of course, the criticism of May’s wardrobe mainly came from the peanut gallery on Twitter. She also earned praise from Telegraph writer Linda Kelsey for “tearing up the fashion rulebook” and proving that “that when it comes to style, her self-assurance is rock solid.”

In the United States, Michelle Obama has also courted criticism with her preference for sleeveless dresses. The Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, has also faced criticism on social media and from Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for her choice in pantsuits. Below, watch the full interview with May in which she discusses the challenge women in politics face trying to do their jobs and be themselves.

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