| 7.5°C Dublin


Michelle Obama and Ann Romney were in the pink when they wore an almost identical shade of fuchsia while supporting their husbands during the American presidential debate earlier this week. A coincidence, or were America's first lady and first lady-hopeful hoping to send a powerful message with their choice of colour?

"Pink has the passion of red mixed with the purity of white, and says I'm passionate, committed and confident," says stylist Marietta Doran.

"We dress in pink to show our feminine side and this may have been a conscious decision on the part of Michelle and Ann," she says. "These are two very powerful and intelligent women, especially Michelle, but, at the same time, they didn't choose to wear red at this critical time."

Instead, Michelle wore a fuchsia pink dress and matching jacket by Michael Kors with bracelet-length sleeves, and paired it with black patent leather pumps and a single strand of pearls. And Ann, wife of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, dressed in a short, pink dress with short sleeves, with a double strand of green beads and baby-blue nail polish.


Pink has long been associated with femininity, girliness, cosiness and fun. Rosanna Davison looks stunning in a new at-home magazine spread wearing a low-cut, pale pink fitted dress.

Other celebrities recently spotted being in the pink include Gwyneth Paltrow, who wore a hot pink mini-dress on the red carpet, and Friends With Benefits actress Emma Stone, who looked the girly 20-something she is in a blush-pink short dress.

So, why was fuchsia pink the choice of the wives of the men competing for one of the most powerful jobs in the world?

"Neither Michelle nor Ann chose a soft shade of pink but instead went for a strong version of the colour," says Marietta, of mariettadoran.com.

"It's not red but it's strong and vibrant and in charge and without a hint of aggression," she added.