Sarah Jessica Parker is on the cover of the August issue of US Vogue, her sixth cover with the magazine. Anna Wintour clearly is a fan - and why wouldn’t she be? Via Sex and the City, Parker has done as much for the fashion industry and its popularisation as many a fashion magazine. Numerous brands, starting with Jimmy Choo, owe her their household name position.
However, I can’t agree with Wintour when she suggests the following in her editorial:
Personally, I’m fascinated to see what she [Parker] will do next. Movies, for sure, but perhaps on the other side of the camera? Or politics? SJP for mayor of New York? Why not?
Parker has a lot of qualities required of a politician. She’s a talented actress with popular appeal and a consummate PR maestro. The shoot she did for Vogue in itself is a brilliant exercice in owning and controlling her public image. She’s also very active with the arts and has been a vocal advocate of causes ranging from gay rights to UNICEF. She is an active member of the Democratic National Committee. I also don’t doubt Parker is smart - you don’t get her career by being an idiot.
So why am I so against the (hypothetical) idea of Parker running for mayor of New York? I can’t quite explain it myself. Is it a simple knee-jerk reaction to how celebrity has become a passport to everything, from design to politics, in lieu of training and sweat and blood? Considering how much heat Parker got when she started at Halston Heritage, I doubt her campaign would be a smooth ride. My worry is that people would vote for Parker as Carrie Bradshaw rather than Parker, the woman. Being a good actress and a mother without live-in help doesn’t qualify anyone to be a mayor. However, this is how many grassroots political vocation start, juggling a career with a family life and attending political meetings in the evening.
More importantly maybe, how likely is this candidacy? Is it just a sentence thrown in an editorial? Wishful thinking on Wintour’s part? Something Wintour and Parker have discussed? A way to test the water and see reactions?
Photos: Sarah Jessica Parker: Show and Tell editorial ; Andy Cohen, Sarah Jessica Parker & Mayor Bloomber @ the Sheraton New York Towers from Next Magazine