Zille gets zooty in her Cardin boots

2012-05-05 18:24

First the knee-high Pierre Cardin boots, and soon to follow this winter will be ankle boots.

DA leader Helen Zille seems determined to walk all over the ANC come 2019, and she has the fashion accessories to do it with style.

Zille, whose looks have become more youthful with the DA’s increasing successes at the polls, turned a few heads when she showed up in dark-brown boots at her party’s Workers’ Day rally in Midvaal, south of Gauteng, on Tuesday.

It was her first pair of boots, she confessed to journalists, and also her first pair of high heels – although they weren’t killer heels.

She also confessed that the boots, which she wore over skinny jeans, weren’t really made for toyi-toying, although her jiving on stage to the sounds of Brenda Fassie’s Vulindlela belied this.

“The high heels make dancing a bit difficult, but they do tend to keep me upright,” Zille joked as journalists interviewed her at the Graceview Industrial Estate, where the rally was held.

She was flanked by Janine Schouw, the assistant to her events and programme manager, who also acts as her stylist and also wore a pair of boots on the day.

Schouw told City Press that Zille had “a strong and modern personality. She is out there and she can pull off a modern look”.

Schouw said she was in a shopping mall when she saw the boots at Edgars, a department store, and thought they would suit Zille.

“I have athletic legs with big calves and she does too. But I tried them on and they fitted me, and when I took them to her they fitted her, too.”

She said that Zille, who had become clued up about style, worked very hard and that “fashion is the last thing on Helen’s mind in the morning”. 

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