The Prime Minister Theresa May has made history as the first female British leader to feature on the cover of US fashion bible Vogue.
And the interview, and first pictures, have now been released – and it’s a revealing insight into the life of the woman leading the UK towards Brexit. She was pictured for the cover at her country home, Chequers, and was shot by renowned American photographer Annie Leibovitz, who has famously photographed the Queen before.
In some photos, Theresa is pictured in a £225 deep blue L.K Bennett dress, and matching £225 blue coat, as the designer is a favourite of hers. She is also seen wearing a pair of her own shoes, a pair of patent leather over the knee boots, which she previously wore to meet the queen. And although the Prime Minister is famed for her style, in the interview she was keen to defend her interest in fashion – as she’s been forced to do many times before, sadly.
(Credit: Annie Leibovitz/Vogue)
Gaby Wood, the journalist conducting the interview with Theresa, asked about the infamous pair of £995 Amanda Wakeley trousers she was pictured in for the Sunday Times, which caused controversy at the time for their price.
She said, “Throughout my political career, people have commented on what I wear. That’s just something that happens, and you accept that. But it doesn’t stop me from going out and enjoying fashion.”
And she stated the important fact that we should probably all remember – that she is far more than just a clothes horse. She said “I also think it’s important to be able to show that a woman can do a job like this and still be interested in clothes.”
And the Prime Minister delved into more personal subjects during the course of the interview too. She discussed her marriage with husband Philip, who she was pictured with in the magazine, and who she’s been married to for 37 years. And apparently, their marital duties are as equally split as they come.
She said that the pair have a long-standing rule where “I cook, and he puts everything in the dishwasher, simply because I love cooking”. But clearly, being the leader of the United Kingdom doesn’t leave much time to cook a leisurely meal so, of late, Philip has taken to rustling up a “very good mushroom risotto”.
Theresa with husband Philip May (Credit: Annie Leibovitz/Vogue) wearing her own Russell & Bromley over the knee boots.
(Theresa wearing the boots to meet the Queen back in 2015)
During the interview, Theresa also maintained that despite the fact that she is Prime Minister, hers and Philip’s home lives are as normal as anyone elses. She said, “Do you know, I think we argue about the same things that most people argue about – like, who has the remote?” Theresa also revealed the TV she enjoys watching too, saying they also argue about “what we’re watching tonight. His history program? No-NCIS!”
The American magazine interview also occurred just days after Theresa had been to visit the newly elected President, Donald Trump – and that controversial photo, of the two holding hands, appeared. So what was her take on it?
“I think he was actually being a gentleman. We were about to walk down a ramp, and he said it might be a bit awkward.”
So what are her thoughts on the new President? She stayed coy about the controversial leader during the interview, and said, “I like to think we got on. We don’t comment on private conversations that take place.”
But Theresa did mention that she would continue to stand firm with him, saying “All I would say is, I’ve been very clear: I’m not afraid to raise issues. And the nature of the relationship is such that we should be able to be frank and open with each other.”
(Credit: Annie Leibovitz/Vogue)
When speaking to Vogue, Theresa May came clean about her thoughts surrounding the EU referendum – a timely issue, considering she’s just confirmed that she’ll be triggering Brexit talks on 29th March. She said, “One of the things we’ve seen happening in recent years in politics is an increasing lack of trust between people and the politicians,”
“I think it’s very important that people feel that politicians are holding faith with them. And Parliament having said to the public, ‘You vote, you decide,’ we need to deliver on it for them.”
“So yes, I did vote to remain. But also what’s important is that the country feels, I think, that it wants to come together.”
The Prime Minister was alo asked about the constant comparisons between her and the only other female leader of the United Kingdom, Margaret Thatcher. And she answered succinctly saying, “There can only ever be one Margaret Thatcher. I’m Theresa May. I do things my way.”