United Kingdom: We won't be influenced by Pippa
Pippa Middleton made “Time” magazine's list of the world’s 100 most influential people.
Is this the best the British can do? asked Jan Moir. It’s a sad day for the U.K. when one of the few Brits named to Time’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people is a mildly pretty socialite who has done nothing but hold the train of her royal sister’s wedding dress. Pippa Middleton made the cut this year, along with her elder sister Kate, Prince William’s bride. The magazine’s Europe editor says that the two were chosen because they are “avatars of aspiration” and other women around the planet want to emulate their style, their “easy athleticism, and their more problematic slenderness.” Really, Time? That’s what we aspire to? Looking crisp and preppy, inoffensively pleasant? Pippa is hardly cutting-edge. “Style-wise she is 28 going on 50.” Worse, her behavior is nothing to emulate. Lately she has been “photographed with assorted smirking Eurotrash playboys,” one of them inappropriately brandishing a gun as they drove through Paris. “Pippa thought this was—wot a larf!—a very funny prank.” She’s influential? Great. “With any luck, this will empower millions of young women to wear fascinators” and “have a nice bottom.”