- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Head’s up in Africa

While Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton tours the continent of Africa speaking out on the brutal rapes and sexual assaults taking place in war-ravaged Congo, she has brought along a symbol of “girl power” from her time as the tough-as-nails presidential spouse of the 1990s — the headband.

Mrs. Clinton was first seen wearing headbands while her husband was campaigning for the presidency, and the preppy fashion staple became emblematic of the high-powered “career wives” who were rising in the American workplace at the time.

By the time of her coronation as first lady in 1993, Women’s Wear Daily’s Jill Newman wrote, “Hair accessories designers are predicting that Hillary Clinton will do for hair accessories what Barbara Bush did for pearls.”

Watching Mrs. Clinton’s changing hairstyles and head adornments became a national pastime through the decade, but since becoming a senator, a presidential candidate and now the highest-ranking diplomat, she has settled on the same cut.

However, while visiting Friday with Cape Verde Prime Minister Jose Maria Neves, she was spotted wearing a thick white band in her golden tresses.

We guess she just can’t stop thinking about yesterday.

‘Real World’ shadows

A G2 spy tells us the cast of MTV’s “Real World: D.C.” was spotted at the Shadow Room on K Street Friday night with “Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper” and “The Drew Carey Show” actor Kelly Perine.

“I think [they] got there around 12 midnight or so, and they maybe stayed a little over an hour,” estimates our source, who reports the group was guided by Shadow Room staff to the VIP area.

“To me it was all PR, go there, make a scene with all the lights and cameras, etc. … and get filmed like they are out clubbing and dancing all night,” our source comments. “[Mr. Perine] had all kinds of women clamoring for photos with him, more than the ‘Real World’ folks.”

After the filming was finished, the “Real World” crew dashed out as quickly as it had come in.

With bruised egos perhaps?

Coming home

“I’ve turned down a White House visit a couple of times across the last eight years — I’m looking forward to going,” Rob Thomas announced Monday evening at Gibson Guitar Showroom, where he performed privately for celebrity DJ Tommy McFly and MIX 107.3 FM.

“It’s my White House too,” proclaimed the Matchbox Twenty singer and songwriter, who has launched a solo career.

Ours, too! And, while we’re at it, nuestra casa es su casa - c’mon over, everybody!

No word on whether Mr. Thomas, an avid animal rights proponent, is disappointed by the absence of universal coverage for pets in the health care reform bills circulating in congress.

To contact Stephanie Green or Elizabeth Glover, e-mail undercover@ washingtontimes.com.

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