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The visit to Taiwan by Nancy Pelosi was unexpected. The House Speaker’s aircraft touched down at Taipei Songshan Airport on a Tuesday evening when there were no early morning crowds or the typical island nation hustle and bustle. However, Pelosi’s entry into the nation was crucial for it.
The pink jumpsuit Pelosi wore while strolling through the airport in front of media and Taiwanese celebrities stands out among the sea of monotonous suits. Even though Pelosi’s trip has been viewed primarily from a political perspective, her choice of clothing says more than just what she was trying to accomplish when she visited Taiwan.
Pelosi announced, as was reported that the United States would support Taiwan in its efforts to achieve economic prosperity and market opening. But more than that is the political message that her pink clothing conveys.
Pelosi didn’t alter her suit while waiting for her flight. The House Speaker actually traveled to Malaysia before Taiwan wearing the same attire. She is wearing the customary pearls and heels worn by US politicians along with her suit.
Pelosi could have changed her outfit while traveling to Taiwan, but she chose not to. This merely indicates that Pelosi wore the pink outfit with the intention of conveying a message.
Although the suit exuded confidence and was strong, no threats were prompted by it. Instead, it appeared that the speaker was wearing pink in front of Taiwanese officials as a sign of friendship, not as a protest against China, which has since accused the speaker of being on the island with the intention of inflaming tensions between the two nations.
Pelosi mirrors another strong woman
With her choice of attire, many have begun to wonder if she intended to resemble Hillary Clinton, a woman who served as an inspiration to many Americans.
At the Fourth World Conference on Women, hosted by the UN in Beijing in 1995, Clinton wore a pink outfit. The then-first lady’s declaration that “women’s rights are human rights” has become ingrained in many societies all over the world.
Clinton continued by criticizing various countries, including China, for their threats against women and stating that the cycle of prejudice and violence needed to be broken. Similar to how Pelosi disobeyed China after her visit to Taiwan, this form of dissent against China has angered Beijing.
Clinton’s speech was censored in China. And now, here is Pelosi showing up wearing the same pink outfit as if to show China that women are capable of taking on a superpower.
The pink outfit for Pelosi
The senior US official has frequently been spotted donning pink clothing. She appeared on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” wearing a pink suit, she posed for pictures with the chairs of the House committees wearing pink pumps, and she wore a Fuschia dress for the 166th inauguration of Congress. Pelosi can also be seen wearing a pink blazer on her Twitter page.
Pelosi rarely responds to inquiries about her clothing choices, like many other women in politics. However, we can be sure that the House Speaker values what the public perceives as the power of clothing, including color choice.
Pelosi’s use of pink always conveys a strong sense of femininity. A number of women in the political sphere also embody this spirit, such as Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who wears red lipstick as “war paint,” and Vice President Kamala Harris, who wore an all-white suit to accept the position as the nation’s first female vice president.
Tsai Chi-chang, the deputy speaker of the Taiwan legislature, may have worn a pink tie when he met with Pelosi the morning after her arrival because the public, and even politicians, place a great deal of value on the clothing choices that individuals make.
Clothes have symbolism, and Pelosi’s message was effectively delivered when she chose a color that represents feminine power.
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