- The Washington Times - Friday, September 6, 2002

The black hair band, the flip, the layers, the bouffant, the bangs, the pageboy: gone, kaput, rest in peace.
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has changed her coiffure, and her new 'do was introduced at a Washington labor rally yesterday. The blond locks are now drawn back from her face, revealing the serene brow and knowing smile of a goddess in pearls, with Palm Pilot.
Doubtless, the change in hair demeanor will bring on the rustling of journalists, friends, foes, fans, handlers, TV producers, talk-show hosts, magazine editors, shampoo makers and nervous Democrats who wonder what it all means.
And it does mean something almost as if Mrs. Clinton had taken to wearing white gloves, or perhaps stiletto heels.
"Famous women who change their hairstyle have a message to share," noted Martha Garza, owner of Bethesda's swank Salon Prive.
"Pulling the hair off the face means that a woman is ready to be open, that she is comfortable with herself. A style with hair over the face means she has something to hide."
The senator from New York was not wearing anything that said "2008" on it when she appeared at the rally with Democratic Sens. Joseph I. Lieberman of Connecticut and Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts in tow.
Neither man was sporting any notable sartorial or barber-related changes.
Another Washington stylist speculated that the new look was the work of East Coast advisers.
"That's got to be New York," he said. "It's just too polished for a Hollywood hand."
Staffers are calling her hair a "coin" style, according to online chronicler Matt Drudge as if Mrs. Clinton were going to appear on a quarter any moment.
Mr. Drudge pronounced it "New Early American back to basics and back to the foundations of the nation for the former first lady."
It is, he believes, "in the spirit of Susan B. Anthony."
Well, Anthony did have her own coin, after all.
Mrs. Clinton wore a sleek black suit with V-neck, classic pearls, bright lipstick and a curving smile to the rally. There were no teeth for this photo-op it was pure Mona Lisa fare, tempered, of course, with a dash of Anthony.
This is not the first change in Mrs. Clinton's appearance an event that draws as much media hubbub as Al Gore's earth tones. Hair and clothes appear to serve as a convenient, evocative gauge of life in the Clinton fast lane.
Back when one Southern newspaper pronounced that "Bill Clinton is married to the radical Left," his young missus emerged from her earthy, college days and adopted a trademark black hair band and kicky clothes, just in time to help him run for Arkansas governor two decades ago.
After an untimely remark about Tammy Wynette and cookie baking on CBS' "60 Minutes" a decade later, Mrs. Clinton reinvented herself for an offended heartland in pretty pink suits and a pageboy, toting her own cookie recipe.
In the days after Mr. Clinton's impeachment, she emerged in yellow suit and ferocious bob to point a manicured nail at the "vast right-wing conspiracy." Racing down the 2000 campaign trail, the soon-to-be Sen. Clinton perfected her action look: turquoise and navy blue pantsuits, wash-and-wear hair.
Will the newest image inspire the public?
"Well, I don't know about that," said Bethesda stylist Miss Garza. "Women come in here, they want to look like Jennifer Anniston or Meg Ryan. I don't think we've ever gotten a request to look like a lady politician."
Calls to Mrs. Clinton's office were not returned yesterday.


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