Worst-Dressed World Leaders

Time lampoons the decadent, inept or just plain weird fashion decisions of the powerful
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 12, 2009 6:28 PM CDT
In this image issued by the semi-official Iranian Students News Agency, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attends a meeting in his office in Tehran June 25.   (AP Photo/ISNA, Arash Khamushi)
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(Newser) – Not all world leaders are world fashion leaders. Time pokes fun at the most inept:

  1. Kim Jong-Il. He mainly wears khaki suits that call attention to his paunch and “Kanye West-sized” sunglasses.
  2. Vladimir Putin. Not a bad dresser—when he wears clothes. Unfortunately, he's often snapped shirtless to keep his strongman image intact.

  1. Augusto Pinochet. Chile's dictator dressed like a Hollywood villain: shiny jackboots, army uniform, and the occasional cape. The result was somewhere between a Nazi general, Dracula, and Street Fighter’s M. Bison.
  2. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He forgoes a tie as per Ayatollah Khomeini’s declaration that the accessory is un-Iranian. In his signature khaki windbreaker, then, he recalls the '80s “Members Only” fad.
  3. Fidel Castro. He spent his convalescence from recent surgery in a colorful Adidas tracksuit. He looked sharp, but should a Communist leader really embrace an international clothing brand?
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