'I haven't got time to worry about make-up,' says Hillary Clinton as she hits back at critics of her fresh-faced look
'It's not something that deserves a lot of time and attention'
08:36 GMT, 10 May 2012
Hillary Clinton doesn't care if people are unimpressed by her lack of make-up.
The Secretary of State, 64, has laughed at the attention she is receiving for her sense of style, especially after photographs of her make-up-free face surfaced last weekend.
She told CNN today: 'You know, at some point, it's just not something that deserves a lot of time and attention.'
Carefree: Hillary Clinton told CNN today (above) that she does not believe hair and make-up is very important to her anymore. It comes after photographs of her make-up-free face surfaced over the weekend
Unfazed: She was relaxed as she also spoke about the criticism her now-famous scrunchies have received
Mrs Clinton was photographed last weekend sporting an all-natural look at press events held in Bangladesh and India.
She appeared tired and withdrawn compared to her normally-polished self. Admittedly, she had been touring the destinations for three days straight.
She said: 'I feel so relieved to be at the stage I'm at in my life right now… and if others want to worry about it, I let them do the worrying for a change.
'Because you know, if I want to wear my glasses I'm
wearing my glasses. If I want to wear my hair back I'm pulling my hair
Ready for a nap: The make-up free photos (above) were taken in Bangladesh and India during press events
Burnt out: The Secretary of State has been on a brief tour of China, India and Bangladesh since last week
She is of course referring to the attention she recently received after a member of staff criticised her frequent use of hair scrunchies.
She was asked during today's interview: 'It [the attention] doesn't drive you crazy'
She replied with a loud laugh: 'No, it doesn't drive me crazy.'
In January, Mrs Clinton announced that she was ready to step off the 'high wire' of U.S. politics altogether.
Up-do: The U.S. Secretary of State often sports a scrunchie or similar hair accessory when pressed for time
Chig-non! Carrie Bradshaw, Manhattan's favourite
fictional fashionista, once said that no self-respecting New York City
woman would be caught dead wearing a scrunchie. Mrs Clinton has been criticised by her own staff
have made it clear that I will certainly stay on until the President
nominates someone and that transition can occur' if Obama is re-elected,
she told a town hall meeting.
I think after 20 years, and it will be 20 years, of being on the high
wire of American politics and all of the challenges that come with that,
it would be probably a good idea to just find out how tired I am.'
who finished her brief tour of China, Bangladesh and India today, has taken to wearing large dark sunglasses on recent trips –
perhaps in a bid to cover her tiredness.
And the Democrat has appeared stylish
and demure at recent events, toning down her once-gaudy coloured
trouser suits and scrunchie combinations – also perhaps signalling that
she is winding down.
in Kolkata, India this weekend, she revealed she had no desire to make
another run for the White House as it is her time to step down, saying:
'I just want to take some deep breaths.'
Demure: Hillary addresses students in Dhaka, Bangladesh. She said she wanted to 'take some deep breaths'
Now and then: After a busy travelling schedule, Hillary appears more withdrawn than March 2011, right
But she added that she still hopes to see an American woman president in her lifetime.
told the crowd she wanted to see 'that final glass ceiling' broken
after making her own bid for office when she sought the Democratic
nomination four years ago and barely lost to Barack Obama.
added that the American political process is difficult and heavily
dependent on fund raising – which makes it hard for any candidate to
She said: 'I think that there will be an election that will elect a woman,' before quickly adding that wouldn't be her.
Clinton continued: 'I would like to come back to India and just wander around without the streets being closed.
'I just want to get back to taking some deep breaths, feeling that there are other ways I can continue to serve.'
Clinton was in India to urge the energy-starved country to reduce its Iranian oil imports to keep up pressure on the Islamic republic to come clean about its nuclear program.
She also met with a key
partner of India's ruling coalition, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata
Banerjee, to discuss allowing multi-brand retailers such as
Wal-Mart to enter the market.
To the next stop: Hillary Clinton gestures before boarding her plane at Kolkata on route to Delhi
India tour: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton greets West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata
Busy schedule: Hillary met West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to discuss American retailers in India
She then headed to Delhi to meet Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Over just six-days in April, she crammed in visits to Colombia, Brazil, Belgium and France.
In two days the month before, she travelled 13,459 miles to Saudi Arabia and Turkey.
Other destinations this year have included the United Kingdom, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Mexico, Germany and Bulgaria as well as several African countries – totalling 191,000 miles since January.
Variety: She then watches girls perform during an anti-human trafficking event in Kolkata
Looking for some respite: The U.S. Secretary of State goes sari shopping in India