National magazine calls Maine’s House speaker ‘the next Nancy Pelosi’

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Posted Oct. 09, 2010, at 3:33 p.m.

The women’s magazine “Marie Claire” this month featured Hannah Pingree in its “Women on Top” awards and called the 33-year-old speaker of Maine’s House of Representatives “the next Nancy Pelosi.”

On Page 129 of the October issue, mixed with a feature story on Katie Holmes, but placed before “Skincare for Beginners” and “New Diet Rules” articles, Pingree stands in jeans, a black shirt and, in her words, “ridiculous shoes.”

Pingree flew to New York City in June to do a photo shoot for the magazine. She was one of 18 women from various careers interviewed for the piece.

“I told them I don’t wear makeup — don’t go overboard. I’m glad I didn’t have a mirror,” Pingree said in a phone interview recently.

The magazine’s staff worked on Pingree for about an hour, blotting her eyes with dark makeup and tying back her blond hair. Maine’s speaker of the House wore a bronze chainlike necklace for the shoot.

“We had no choices as to what we would wear.

Thankfully, I got to wear jeans and a black shirt,” she said. “It made me realize politics is the arena I should stay in — model is not a lifestyle I could deal with.”

The magazine wrote of Pingree that, “championing clean energy and gay marriage, she’s shown there’s nothing remotely small-town about her politics — or her ambitions.”

Pingree, who was elected to a seat in Maine’s House in her early 20s, said she was honored to be featured in the article.

“Their goal was to inspire their readers to show what sort of jobs women could have,” Pingree said.

“Everyone was a leader in their field. I think it is incredibly important that magazines geared toward women do that.”

Also featured were an engineer, a lawyer, a photographer, a stem cell biologist and more.

Additionally, Marie Claire’s online edition has a video in which Pingree speaks.

“Women need to take risks. They need to be confident. They need to put themselves out there. And they can’t doubt themselves,” she said to the camera on a New York City rooftop. “I got elected speaker of the House by lots of men older than me, and I think the fact that they voted for me is a good sign for women and espe-cially young women.”

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