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Finland’s PM sets pulses racing in plunging blazer sparking fierce sexism debate
October 17, 2020
Finland's Prime Minister Sanna Marin has set pulses racing by seemingly wearing nothing underneath a plunging black blazer.
The 34-year-old was pictured in a daring ensemble for a photoshoot for Trendi Magazine which has sparked a sexism debate online.
The magazine said the young PM has a “leading position as an example, role model, change changer and influencer”.
Ms Marin said in the article: “Clearly, these years are leaving their mark. This is not an ordinary job or a normal life but heavy in many ways.
“It may be that pressure and exhaustion build up and come later. In situations, it has been necessary to put emotions aside, but they do accumulate.”
But not everyone was impressed with the image with one person saying it “eroded” her credibility.
Another commenter asked if she were being “Prime Minister or modelling?”
Her supporters were quick to jump in saying “I’m with Sanna”, sharing pictures of themselves in similarly low-cut blazers.
Others pointed out double standards over Russian leader Vladimir Putin previously posting topless photos.
Mr Marin is Finland’s youngest PM and the world’s youngest female leader.
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Anu Koivunen, a media scholar and Professor of Gender Studies at Tampere University, told yle magazine that Ms Marin is very “media savvy” so would have known what to expect.
She said: “These politicians know very well what kind of discussions they are starting. They are very media savvy and this social media storm [over Marin’s outfit] did not come as a surprise.
“Marin’s actions are done with full cognisance. The photo caption in the Trendi article reads that Marin is aware that a woman’s appearance is always a matter of debate and that is why she, as prime minister, always strives to dress the same.”