Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin has sparked controversy after she recently wore a sleek black blazer with a plunging neckline and no top for a photo shoot in a magazine.
The 34-year-old, who heads the country's center-left government, appeared as the title star in the country's leading fashion magazine Trendi over the weekend.
However, the politician's choice of outfit was deemed "inappropriate" by some social media users after a photo of her wearing the plunging jacket with no blouse underneath was shared on the magazine's Instagram account.
One suggested that the outfit "undermines" her credibility, while another commented, "Yes, a real role model. It would have been better in the darkest clouds. Ridiculous that a woman's breasts appear in two parts without a blouse. Someone with Taste and sense of style. & # 39;
Ms. Marin's outraged fans quickly showed their support and gathered behind her, started the hashtag #imwithsanna and shared photos of themselves in ensembles similar to the Prime Minister's.
Thousands of posts were shared with photos of everyday people and Finnish celebrities in almost identical outfits.
And fans were quick to praise the original photo and one person wrote, “Stylish picture. Anyone who condemns an overopened throat can end the hypocrisy. Our beautiful Prime Minister who is a good role model for all Finnish women. & # 39;
Another wrote: "Such a wonderful woman, not afraid to break the dusty, hardened patriarchal formulas."
& # 39; Great picture from our Prime Minister. Remember that in the future, women will wear bags, especially on magazine photos, so that your competence or reliability is not questioned by external factors, ”commented another.
Trendi's contribution featured its title star with the headline: "Prime Minister Sanna Marin has a leading position as a role model, role model, change of things and influencing factor."
Thousands of posts were shared with photos of everyday people and Finnish celebrities wearing nearly identical outfits in support of Ms. Marin
Outraged fans gathered behind Ms. Marin, started the hashtag #imwithsanna and exchanged photos of themselves that were set up in ensembles similar to that of the Prime Minister
In the accompanying interview, Ms. Marin revealed the "pressure" and "exhaustion" she experienced in this difficult year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
"It is clear that these years are leaving their mark," she said. “This is not an ordinary job or a normal life, but difficult in many ways. Pressure and exhaustion may build up and appear later. & # 39;
Anu Koivunen, professor of gender studies at Tampere University, told YLE that the social media storm about her outfit didn't surprise the Finnish Prime Minister.
In August, Ms. Marin married her long-term partner Markus Räikkönen, with whom she shares the two-year-old daughter Emma Amalia Marin. The couple have been together for 16 years after dating when they were 18
"There are certainly some who believe that Sanna Marin shouldn't appear in glamor magazines because it diminishes your position as prime minister or politician," she said.
“These politicians know very well what kind of discussions they are starting. They are very media aware and this social media storm (via Marin's outfit) came as no surprise.
& # 39; Marin's actions are carried out with full knowledge. The caption in the Trendi article says that Marin is aware that a woman's appearance is always a matter of debate, and therefore, as Prime Minister, she always tries to dress the same
Ms. Marin, a social democrat who is intensely involved with social media and is deeply committed to environmental issues, became Finnish Prime Minister in December.
Their wedding took place in Kesäranta, Ms. Marin’s official residence, and was attended by 40 guests composed of close friends and family
At that time she was the youngest incumbent head of government in the world – a title that she lost a few weeks later when the Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz returned to power, who turned 34 in August this year.
In August she married her long-time partner Markus Räikkönen, with whom she shares the two-year-old daughter Emma Amalia Marin.
The couple have been together for 16 years after dating when they were 18.
Their wedding took place at Kesäranta, Ms. Marin’s official residence, and was attended by 40 guests composed of close friends and family.
According to Finish Media, Ms. Marin (pictured earlier this month) was raised in a "rainbow family" by her mother and partner
Their permanent home is in the Kaleva district of Tampere, but during the 2020 pandemic they lived in the Prime Minister's official residence.
According to Finish Media, Ms. Marin was raised in a "rainbow family" by her mother and partner.
She lived in Espoo and Pirkkala before moving to Tampere, where she was the first in her family to attend university.
Ms. Marin, a millennial “Instagram Generation” politician, recorded her pregnancy journey on her Instagram page during her rise to success in politics, sharing selfies of her pregnancy threshold and even an open still shot.
She also shared poolside footage of a romantic vacation in Italy in July 2017 during which she and Markus traveled to Portofino, Rome, Sardinia and Veneto, and snaps of Pride events showing her support for same-sex unions.
Ms. Marin, a millennial “Instagram Generation” politician, recorded her pregnancy journey on her Instagram page during her rise to success in politics, sharing selfies of her pregnancy threshold and even an open still shot
In 2015, Ms. Marin told the Menaiset website that she felt “invisible” as a child because she couldn't speak openly about her unconventional family.
"The silence was hardest," she said. Invisibility created a feeling of incompetence. We were not recognized as real families or equated with others. But I wasn't bullied a lot. Even when I was little, I was very open and stubborn. I wouldn't have made it easy for myself. & # 39;
She also admitted that she never expected to get into politics, telling the publication, “When I was in high school, I felt like the people who do politics are very different and different Background than me. At the time, I didn't think it was possible to get myself involved. & # 39;
Ms. Marin, who spent her teenage years in a bakery, added that her mother was always very supportive and made her believe that she could do anything she wanted.
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