Dressed in branded clothes and carrying pricey accessories, politicians today seem to have fashion and glamour at the top of their agenda.
The elected members may come to the assembly halls unprepared for speeches and unaware of the statistics, but they are aware of what to wear for the session as they shine from head to toe. They are familiar with major designer labels as they walk into the halls.
While some follow fashion trends, others strive to stick to their own personal statement, aspiring that the public take them more as fashion icons than political figures.
When asked by Express 24/7 about their inspirations, some members of the Punjab Assembly flaunted their knowledge of designer brands, others boasted about the prices of their dresses while others talked about themselves as fashion gurus in their own right.
Armani, Gucci, Jaeger. My shalwar kameez are tailored locally but the suits [I wear] are branded.
Dost Muhammad Khosa, provincial minister
I don’t care about the brands really. I just want that people should look at what I’m wearing and copy those trends.
Chaudhary Abdul Ghafoor, provincial minister
This dress of mine costs around Rs15,000.
Zoobia Rabab Malik, Member of Provincial Assembly (MPA) PML(N)
Our fancier suits cost anything between Rs5,000 and 10,000.
Seemal Kamran, MPA PML(Q)
If I get to go abroad for a visit, accessories are on top of my shopping list.
Azma Bukhari, MPA PPP
I got these shoes as a gift when I went to England. Half of the clothes I’m wearing, I received as gifts from friends.
Rana Sanaullah, provincial law minister
Published in The Express Tribune, June 30th, 2010.
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