Makeup artist Bobbi Brown can add another notch to her lipstick case. Notonly did she do the makeup for Jill Biden, wife of Delaware Sen. JosephBiden Jr., who accepted the Democratic nomination for vice presidentWednesday night, but she has also had a role as a delegate from New Jerseyat the convention.
Brown discussed her experience as a delegate, the fashion challenges facingwomen on the campaign trail and at the convention, and her support for Sen.Barack Obama for president.
WWD: What is in your convention delegate survival kit? Bobbi Brown: I have Tori Burch flip-flops, a bright pink summer pashminascarf, a black Theory stretchy skirt, a short-sleeve black cotton Barney’stop and gold Stuart Weitzman platform shoes. It’s odd because it’s like youare around people who are somebody and you want to be comfortable and pulledtogether, but you want to be yourself.
WWD: Can you describe a day in the life of a delegate? B.B.: I woke up [Wednesday] morning at 7 a.m. and had a big cup of coffeeand went down to the gym. In the gym, you’re on the treadmill and it isreally funny to be in this situation because you’re near a state senator andall of these people you know, but you are there in your boxer shorts. It wasa fun bonding experience. Then you have to go to the delegate breakfast at 8a.m. and pick up the credentials. I had an event with [New Jersey] Gov. JohnCorzine for City Meals on Wheels, then I rushed back to have my hair done.Tonight, I have to pick up my husband’s credentials at the Hyatt and I haveto rush over to Mrs. Biden’s. Then I have go to the convention floor andafter that I have tickets to two parties, one with Kanye West performing andthe other with the Black Eyed Peas.
WWD: How would you describe the atmosphere at the convention? B.B.: It’s like the Oscars meets Fashion Week meets the Super Bowl onsteroids.
WWD: Why do you support Obama? B.B.: From the second I met him, I just believed he was the guy for changeand the right change, the right way. I’ve been there since the beginningwith Barack Obama. I turned 50 a year ago and he called to wish me a happybirthday. When I first met him, I remember saying, “You are a rock star” andI really felt it the moment I met him. I’m telling you he is the guy. WWD: How did you meet Obama? B.B.: We did a fund-raiser for New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez and CoreyBooker [the mayor of Newark] was a guest, as was Barack Obama. So we drew abig, interesting crowd and Barack had not even decided to run by then. Hecalled my husband [Steven, who is on the New Jersey state finance committee]to tell him he was going to run.
WWD: What do you think about Michelle Obama’s style? B.B.: Everyone says she is so modern, stylish and strong. She is reallytall. She looks like the black Jackie O. She is so amazing to have as a rolemodel. She is not only smart and has a great career but she is devoted toher family. It is really hard for women in America to try to figure out howto make a career and how to have a family. I find that’s what people look atme for now, even more than makeup tips.
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