Politics 20/1-15 13:13

Politics outstripped by breasts of conservative student politician

Nikita Klaestrup
Photo: Courtesy of Nikita Klæstrup
Nikita Klæstrup's revealing gala dress. Photo from Nikita Klæstrup's Instagram profile.
Female empowerment or internalised sexism? Danish moral threshold tested by UCPH rhetoric student and young conservative politician. So much for her politics, the media concentrates on her other attributes

Nikita Klæstrup poses for the camera in the Odd Fellows Mansion banquet hall in a confident pose, with her hand on her hip and impeccable makeup. Her hair is pinned up with a few curls framing her face.

The occasion was the Young Conservatives' 110 year anniversary, and the provocative element here is Nikita's dress: a black, floor-length model, with the textile split open above the navel, leaving a substantial section of bare skin visible between the breasts.

Nikita studies rhetoric at the University of Copenhagen. She was surprised when, a few days after the event, the Danish media came calling.

Denmark's election babe

On the Danish TV programme Aftenshowet, the revealing dress was displayed on a mannequin in the background, and the hosts of radio channel P3 discussed Nikita's side-boobs and under-boobs.

The old Conservative Party's anniversary did not really form part of the discussion. In fact, she was only asked one single question about the party, says Nikita. And it was in the last minute on Radio 24/7. Otherwise, it was all about the dress, her skin and her breasts.

It is not the first time Nikita appears in the media, because she is both pretty and politically active: During the local elections in 2013, she was voted Denmark's election babe by newspaper BT. The many beauty-votes did not translate to personal votes in the municipal ballot boxes, however.

Considering how many people know Nikita Klæstrup, there are few who know anything about her political stance. But she does regularly participate in the political debate by writing letters-to-the-editor and comments. To the University Post she says that women are shamed for dressing sexually and acting sexually and are denigrated for looking beautiful.

Going all in for politics

Political branding expert Kresten Schultz-Jørgensen said to Danish newspaper Metroxpress that the attention she gets is not necessarily bad for Nikita's political career.

On the contrary, he says, it helps sharpen her profile. So if she wants to stand for a modern, open-minded conservativism, it is not a bad idea to wear a daring dress.

Nevertheless, Nikita has not only received acclaim for her choice of dress. On Facebook, many believe that the dress makes the politician appear frivolous and downright stupid.

Breasts - the weapon or the target?

Is the dress a sign of female empowerment or is its wearer the victim of internalised sexism?

The Facebook community disagrees on whether Nikita is trying to garner the media attention that her political views fail to attract or whether the public is turning Nikita's cleavage into the center of a political debate where it clearly does not belong?

As a rhetoric student, Nikita is fully aware of her communicative toolkit.

And she believes that she can appropriately use herself as an example of a political rhetoric where you cannot disregard the fact that female politicians may well be vain and good-looking while nevertheless being intelligent.

'We cannot escape the fact that it sells. There is a natural focus on women's appearance. That's just how it is', says Nikita, who is not planning to choose a different style of dress for the next party.

Read also: Copenhagen student Nikita now has 72,000 followers.

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Comments

Let her rule with those

By Jim on 3. February 2016, 7:03.

Let her rule with those puppies in full bloom for all to see. The female form is wonderful!!

Nikita Klæstrup or Ayn Rand?

By Mickey Keith on 28. January 2016, 9:48.

In an appendix to Atlas Shrugged the founder of Objectivism stated ....

"My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute." - Ayn Rand,

When Ayn said "man" she meant mankind, this includes both man and woman. I would wager this definition fits Nikita Klæstrup. Smart women can be heroic, intelligent, and sexy. And being so can make them happy. Nor will i lie ... many men will be happy also. Myself included;)

dress

By Craig Gustafson on 15. April 2015, 8:35.

in the words of my captain my captain: do you know why why men were put on the earth ????
To whoo women
Whooo she looks fantastic. You know haters gunna hate.
And please always always remember...and this is important, so write it down....liberalism is a mental disorder. The symptoms of the disease are so apparent as to make one feel they could possibly help the indicted soul but like alcoholism until the person reaches bottom they can't be helped only loved.

dress

By Craig Gustafson on 15. April 2015, 8:35.

in the words of my captain my captain: do you know why why men were put on the earth ????
To whoo women
Whooo she looks fantastic. You know haters gunna hate.
And please always always remember...and this is important, so write it down....liberalism is a mental disorder. The symptoms of the disease are so apparent as to make one feel they could possibly help the indicted soul but like alcoholism until the person reaches bottom they can't be helped only loved.

Comment on her dress

By PASCO_HK_KENNETH on 11. March 2015, 4:47.

The dress she wearing to the banquet is comparatively conservative even
is elegant. Only is her Breast size make other people think it is too sexy!!

"evil white heterosexual male" - quote from THE PATRIARCHY, Not only white male, but also all the males in world are admire or pay attention to her!!
You can't denied that: SEX SELL Men!!! Men like pay attention beautiful ladies!!

I think people should advertised her or her party's political view !! Not pay attention to her body!!

Come on! What's the big deal?

By Paulo Ramos on 9. March 2015, 1:56.

She will have beautiful breasts for just a few years.
Just let her be proud of what she's got regardless of being "appropriate" or not, because it's just within a flash of time that she can enjoy exhibiting a fresh and beautiful body.
At least to remind that all humans are sexual beings.

Her appearence

By Josiah on 6. March 2015, 0:52.

I truly think the biggest disservice being done to women and girls today is telling them that they can be beautiful and sexy, or smart and respectable. BUT NOT BOTH.
However, when you try to buck that nasty trend, when you try to show pride in your physical attractiveness while expecting people to respect your intelligence, you have to know that people, particularly stupid people, will see it as a contradiction and be very confused.

I think that point is best made with questions like: "Is the dress a sign of female empowerment or is its wearer the victim of internalised sexism?"

that question asks "does she feel more powerful as a woman because she wears dresses like that, or does she feel that she must parade herself for men like a piece of meat?"
and what is really offensive is that that question is being asked by the SAME PRESS who do the interview with her that asks about the dress, her breasts, and neglects her politics.

How messed up is this, that the same feminists who oppose "slut shaming" for promiscuous women would attack her for wearing a dress that complements her female form as "internalized sexism"?

but what is almost as bad is men, being shamed for looking at her in this dress and focusing on it. we are visual creatures, and we look at what we like. just because we're staring at hit tits doesn't mean we are incapable to respecting her as a person.

Absolutely shocked

By The Patriarchy on 6. March 2015, 0:26.

It blows my mind that an attractive woman can't wear an extremely revealing outfit without some evil white heterosexual male looking at her or acknowledging her outfit! WHY DOESNT THE WORLD WORK EXACTLY HOW I WANT IT TO!? We should neuter all men! That would be true equality!

I hope you're joking

By yasuo on 21. March 2015, 0:03.

Neuter all men? My goodness, so much for 'diversity of opinions'
You just look at the bad examples and generalise it to everyone, in this case 'men'.
Thank goodness the world isn't in 'your view' otherwise you'd wipe out the entire human population in 50 years haha.

She Deigns to Conquer

By Jonathan Swifter on 5. March 2015, 17:29.

Didn't like it was possible to add even more beauty to Copenhagen, but I was wrong.

hmm...

By Justathought on 5. March 2015, 17:12.

it is only logical that conservatives nurture sexism.

Strange...

By PhilanthropicMisanthrope on 5. March 2015, 3:29.

"...many believe that the dress makes the politician appear frivolous and downright stupid."
Maybe it's different in Europe, but it's generally observed that politicians are frivolous and downright stupid.

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