But that doesn't mean Clinton doesn't have her undiplomatic moments. In the Vogue article, Clinton discusses the infamous translation faux pas in Kinshasa, Congo, where she snapped at a student whose question about China and the World Bank was mistranslated to begin as, "What does Mr. Clinton think, through the mouth of Mrs. Clinton ...?"
"I'll tell you, it made me cringe," Van Meter quotes her as saying, "as you saw. And the actual text of the question was pretty clear in the way it was translated. But, you know, it was just one of those moments."
Van Meter describes Clinton as tough and "comfortable with war talk in a boys'-club environment," yet he also describes in detail her clothes, what she has in her makeup bag and what she looks like after a swim in the ocean -– "pretty."
Perhaps is it that type of scrutiny that has led so many women in America to admire and identify with her.
"So many women feel like I'm on their side," Clinton says. "I somehow, through my life or their perception of me, give them courage to do things. And I think it's also that, whether I am meant to or not, I challenge assumptions about women. I do make some people uncomfortable, which I'm well aware of, but that's just part of coming to grips with what I believe is still one of the most important pieces of unfinished business in human history -- empowering women to be able to stand up for themselves."
Read the full article.
See Jonathan Van Meter's photo diary of Clinton.