Merkel feels hair-style kinship with Hillary Clinton
18 August 2005, BERLIN - German chancellor candidate Angela Merkel - who leads polls in the run-up to next month's election - said Thursday she felt kinship to U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton given the public debate over both women's changing hair-styles.
18 August 2005
BERLIN - German chancellor candidate Angela Merkel - who leads polls in the run-up to next month's election - said Thursday she felt kinship to U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton given the public debate over both women's changing hair-styles.
Merkel told Cosmopolitan magazine that in reading Clinton's memoirs 'Living History' she had found "amusing" parallels with regard to their respective hair problems.
"It all really reminded me of the heated discussion of how I look," said Merkel.
Merkel hails from eastern Germany and in the early 1990s was known for severe, short hair and floppy dresses. She has undergone at least as many makeovers as Clinton, all of which have closely followed and picked apart by the German media.
Her latest hair-styling, however, has been the biggest success.
Udo Walz, who cuts the hair of Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, Claudia Schiffer and the late Marlene Dietrich, has worked wonders on Merkel.
"Cinderella is appearing in a new light," gushed Stern magazine, while the glossy Bunte weekly said Merkel was "more attractive than ever".
Asked by Cosmopolitan what kind of men she liked, Merkel said: "I like men who understand a bit about manners and politeness and above all have a sense of humour and are self-confident."
Merkel said she had no problems with the criticism raised by some that she is power hungry.
"Maybe this is because at the moment there are so few women politicians in top positions. I view it as a compliment that I am said to have a good sense for power. If this was not the case I couldn't do this job," Merkel said.
Three new polls released Wednesday showed Merkel's Christian Democratic alliance (CDU/CSU) and its Free Democratic (FDP) ally with a slim parliamentary majority.
German elections are due to be held on September 18 pending a final green light from the country's highest court.
Subject: German news