Wednesday, June 29, 2011

A Remarkable Femme d'Un Certain Age

Christine Lagarde

Meet the perfect conjuncture of femininity and feminism, Christine Lagarde.

As of yesterday she is the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, the first woman to head the institution since its founding in 1944. Today she leaves her post as France's Finance Minister as rumors swirl about who could possibly replace the remarkable Madame Lagarde.




As I've mentioned before, I have been a Christine Lagarde groupie ever since she arrived back in France from the United States where her last job was president of the Chicago-based law firm, Baker & McKenzie.

I think women of every age can learn a great deal from her. She is confident, brilliant, straight-talking and glamorous. She dares to wear pink! She loves Chanel, her Birken bag, her jewelry and her scarves. She wears skirts, high boots, and dresses. She sees absolutely no conflict between her femininity and her principles as a feminist.






When asked last night on French television if she thought being a woman brought more to the table, she didn't hesitate for a moment. "Absolutely," she said.

In an October interview with Christiane Amanpour on ABC's This Week she said: "I think we inject less libido. . . And less testosterone into the equation. . . It helps in the sense that we don't necessarily project our egos into cutting a deal."

Edwin Truman, a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, who has met Madame Lagarde on several occasions says her style is "both politically forceful, but personally charming and likable."

As you are no doubt aware, she replaces Dominque Strauss-Kahn who is awaiting his trial in New York City for allegedly attempting to rape a chamber maid.



A few Christine Lagarde facts and figures:

Age: 55

Education: Attended the private Holton-Arms prep school near Washington, D.C. and has law and political science degrees from prestigious French universities.

Forbes: In 2010 the 43rd most powerful woman in the world. (That's about to change.)

Mother: Two sons in their 20s.

Marital situation: Divorced.

Romantic situation: With a handsome man since 2006.

TV appearances: Daily Show with Jon Stewart. (She gave him a beret.)

Firsts: The first female Finance Minister in the G8.

Exercise: Yoga every morning, swimming. (She was a champion swimmer in her teens.)

Miscellaneous: No alcohol, no red meat.

And: She Tweets!

Oh, Yes: Her English is as proficient as her French.

43 comments:

Jennyta said...

She certainly stands out as a wonderful role model for more mature and younger women - elegant, intelligent and a strong, but not overbearing personality. That last, I think, is something women often find particularly difficult to achieve in a male dominated professional environment.

une femme said...

She's fabulous!

I'm very glad they appointed her to this position; I think she was the best candidate.

She's a great role model in so many ways: powerful, stylish, SMART.

LuxeBytes said...

It was excellent news yesterday. She is great!

xoxoxox

Jeanne-Aelia Desparmet-Hart said...

YOU BEAT ME TO IT! and you put it all so well I am glad you did! I LOVE her, she is a big role model for me and should be, for the world(no less.
She now might be the whole shining star in terms of , as you put it, femininity and feminism. And by the way, even her romantic life is great!
Bravo Ms. Lagarde and good luck! And thak you Letitia for putting it so well. So much fun ahead!

Lilacs In May said...

Such good news, a great post.

Karena said...

Tish, she has impeccable taste and is a brilliant woman. That silver-grey gown is glorious!!

An inspiration to all of us!

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

Rubi said...

I think her greatest asset is that personality combination of "kind and firm" that is so important to get right in leadership positions, regardless of gender.

The fact that she's beautiful and glamorous doesn't hurt either.

kathy peck said...

On a superficial level first - I think she EXUDES confidence, which is perhaps the most beautiful thing about her appearance - a lesson to us all.

And yes, she was the right person for the job.

That's Not My Age said...

This is good news, she is perfect for the job and has excellent hair!

Lorrie said...

I've admired her for a long time - a great mix of style and brains. I think she'll be great in the IMF.

P.Gaye Tapp at Little Augury said...

Yes, she is terrific. So glad you put this out today! pgt

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

She has a great sense of style...I love her hair and the way that she draped her red scarf just oozes confidence.

Brains and beauty are a winning combo and she has them both....Bravo!

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

I love her style...it says strong, confident, dignified woman in charge! She communicates without words!

Splenderosa said...

What an amazing improvement for the IMF. Love her style. xx's

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

I was incredibly pleased to hear this!
And she will not be jumping hotel bellboys in her spare time! Finally, an adult takes over!

LPC said...

OK. She's my hero now too. Taking on the big boys in their Finance cave. And I think she balances the pink with a no-nonsense haircut and her native muscularity. Perfect balance, perfectly appropriate.

I'm actually standing up and applauding, in my mind.

Belle de Ville said...

Tish, I agree with you. She is an amazing woman and I'm certain that she will bring a lot of positive change to the IMF.

Jeanne said...

Thanks for this post Tish...I really enjoyed it. I have been reading and wondering and you just filled in all the gaps. Great post!

Jeanne xx

ida said...

We Brits love her also well I do + my HB!!

I have seen her many times on UK tv and she can certainly stand up to Jermey Paxman many males quail before his questions on News Night!!

Must say though I thought she was older than 55,but whatever she is French chic & one strong lady.

So pleased she got the job.

Thanks Tish for the bio.Ida

Joan said...

She's a class act.

California Girl said...

Thanks for the bio. I've wondered about her in the past, saw her on Stewart. She must be very adept to have landed this position.

"less libido, less testosterone"...what the world needs.

Anonymous said...

I agree with everyone here and wonder if the IMF chose her, beyond all of her qualifications, because she was a woman. Perhaps in order to make a statement in light of the recent scandal. Just wondering...

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

What the world needs now more than ever is more class acts such as Christine Lagarde. She's a wonderful role model for women of all ages.
Sam

J.W. said...

"Mr" J.W. was a partner at Baker & McKenzie when she was there. He admired her then and still does.

To LPC - he said that the hair cut of today is much more soigné than it was back then. :)

Villette said...

Oh, dear. Sorry to add a negative note, but -- yes, she looks great and is so charming, but because of my own work I've had to follow her influence on the eurozone bailouts very closely: her policies have been disastrous. Now she is going to head up the IMF, one of the toughest economic postings in the world, though she has never had a moment's training as an economist. She got the job because the EU, led by Sarkozy, demanded the job stay as ever with a European. And it had to go to a European who would go on pouring IMF billions into the weakest eurozone countries. And so Sarkozy's Finance Minister got the job. Her style and sex are diversions from the more important facts surrounding her appointment.

M said...

I agree with Villette. I'm much more interested in whether she will continue to funnel money into PIGS than how she looks since much of that money comes from US taxpayers.

Tree said...

I'm also a big fan of Madame Legrande's mix of incredible achievement and style - an ultimate femme d'un certain age!

Yes, this appointment is undoubtedly political, as is the IMF, but she undoubtedly has the legal, financial and political chops to do it.

The more mature women leading the world, the better!

L'age moyen said...

We're on the same page here, mon amie. I was so thrilled to see CL on the cover of the paper - I'm just beside myself. She's fabulous and such an inspiration to women in l'age and, more importantly, to our sons and daughters.

metscan said...

Impressive - no meat and alcohol! I support her!

Angel Jem said...

Just because a woman's clever doesn't mean she needs to be a dowd. Just because a woman's beautiful doesn't mean she can't be clever. Just because she's over 50 (40, sometimes!) doesn't mean she's past her sell-by. Just because she has a uterus doesn't mean she can't stand with the big boys and play the game just as good (but with some different tactics) Feminism won us a lot, but lost us the right to be everything and at once. Thanks for putting this post out. What a role model!

Fay said...

The perfect mix of everything I think
Im certain she will do an excellent job and be feminine simultaineously!
thankx Trish
fay xx

Donna said...

Hi Tish -- love this post on Christine. Great photos! I wanted to write about Christine on Rock the Silver, but you did just a wonderful job, I just linked over here. I know my readers will enjoy seeing such a beautiful silver icon.

Alice Olive said...

Thanks for sharing - she is inspirational!

aBroad said...

I think she is just fantastic and fantastic looking !

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beyondbeige said...

My she exudes such polish,class and brains! I am in awe. But Tish are you sure she is 55?

quintessence said...

LOVE her!!! Does it get any better? Smart, educated, beautiful, stylish, multilingual and fearless - she's definitely someone to emulate - except for the no alcohol and no red meat of course.

aBroad said...

I apologize for the multiple postings, my computer ( or Argentine internet) had the hiccups apparently ...
besos ~

nyamekye said...

i simply adore her but i would ensure to achieve better than she has.In the next five years i have to become twice my size aiming to a more graceful end.

Anonymous said...

Fantastic sexy woman, high class and simplicity.. Intelligent, beautiful and natural.. SHe represents well the superiority of the mature women..

Maryl said...

We loved Christine in our July blog post too: http://bit.ly/u2oO9d

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