Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is having a strong fashion rival in his British counterpart Theresa May.
If Modi made it to the headlines for his pinstripe suit with tiny letters spelling out his name, May took power dressing to another level when she wore her signature kitten-heel, leopard-print shoes while taking over David Cameron at 10 Downing Street on July 13 after Britain voted to leave the European Union (EU).
However, May’s achievements are not restricted to her designer outfits, fetish for shoes and red manicure. Given the context in which she presumed office, it would be interesting to see how the Conservative Party leader steers the future of ‘one-nation Britain’.
Here are 10 interesting facts that you would like to know about May:
- May is the second woman to become the British PM after Margaret Thatcher (1979 to 1990).
- A geography graduate from Oxford University, the 59-year-old politician is the longest serving home secretary of the United Kingdom in over 50 years (2010-2016).
- May loves long walks in the countryside. She, especially, has a passion for Alpine hiking. She walks up and down the Westminster Bridge when she needs to relax.
- She enjoys cooking and making pasta from the scratch is one of her favourite pass-times. She even owns over 100 cookery books.
- Britain’s 76th Prime Minister is a Type I diabetes patient. She has to take her two doses of insulin injections every day.
- Born to Church of England clergyman Reverend Hubert Brasier, she is quite religious and goes to the church every Sunday.
- It was Pakistan’s former PM Benazir Bhutto, who introduced May to her future husband, investment banker Philip John May at a Tory student disco. The two got married in 1980 when she was 23 and he was 22. However, May regrets having no children due to health issues.
- May brings her Sports Direct mug to all her cabinet meetings.
- Despite being a supporter of same-sex marriages, in 2002, she voted against adoption rights for gay couples.
- She hates giving interviews to media and claims to be a private person and not a “showy” politician.
(Sources: The London Evening Standard, Al Jazeera, The Independent, Grablists.com, The New York Times, BuzzFeed)
Sreya is based in Kolkata. She is a Senior Editor of Big Wire.