Colombian senator Piedad Cordoba voiced her support for the use of sportswear by world leaders, claiming “the use of this type of informal clothing humbles a leader to the level of his or her constituency.”
Cordoba made her statements while visiting Cuban communist dictator Fidel Castro, who gave her one of his (somewhat oversized) tracksuits at his 84th birthday on Friday.
“One may not listen to his people, but one can sure try to look like them,” said Castro, who changed his military uniform for a tracksuit after he resigned in 2008.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, long-time Castro ally and fierce critic of U.S. foreign politics, has been following the change-your-military-uniform-for-executive-sportswear trend for a while now and is keen to appear abroad in a custom-made yellow, blue and red tracksuit.
Castro and Chavez have not yet been able to uniformize their fashion trend as the Cuban leader refuses to wear anything but Adidas, while the Venezuelan Head of State prefers brandless outfits made in Bolivarian sweatshops.
Cordoba, who has been emphasizing her afrocolombian roots while running for the 2006 senate elections, says she hasn’t yet chosen whether to go for the established-brand look or the cheap-ass sweatshop look.
“Both have their charms, but the fact remains that one can stimulate equality through sportswear” the leftist senator, who earns approximately 20 times Colombian minimum wage plus benefits, admitted.
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