Sirimavo Bandaranaike: Show Strength Through Fashion
17th April is the birthday of Sirimavo Bandaranaike. Haven’t heard of her? Neither had I but it turns out she’s a woman we all should have heard of and should all celebrate. Sirimavo Bandaranaike was the first female Prime Minister in the world. That’s right, you read that correctly. She wasn’t just the first female Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, she was the world’s first female Prime Minister.
Sirimavo held the position from 1960 to 1965. She is a source of inspiration and motivation for women who aspire to break the glass ceiling and achieve their dreams. Since her election, there have been 90 elected female leaders around the world.
Expressing Your Strength Through Fashion
As the first female leader in a male-dominated sphere, Sirimavo faced immense pressure to conform to gender stereotypes. Despite this, she stayed true to her authentic self. She embraced her traditional attire – the Kandyan saree – as a statement of her identity, values, and roots. This choice of clothing not only asserted her cultural pride but also inspired women globally to embrace their heritage in their own unique ways.
Bandaranaike’s sartorial choices were emblematic of her self-assurance and determination, making a powerful statement that resonated with women around the world. By boldly wearing her Kandyan saree, she became a trendsetter, encouraging women to proudly don their traditional garments. Her legacy lives on as an enduring symbol of female empowerment and cultural pride.
Sirimavo’s impact on the fashion world serves as a testament to the power of authenticity and self-expression. By embracing her heritage and defying societal expectations, she changed the landscape for women in fashion and beyond, proving that confidence and determination can overcome even the most formidable challenges. Today, we honour her for paving the way for women around the globe to stand tall in their own unique styles and to make their mark in the world.
Sirimavo shattered the glass ceiling and became a symbol of strength and resilience. Like many women out there, I know first-hand what it’s like to be a woman in a man’s world. Before starting my lingerie brand, Candis Creations panties, I worked in a male-dominated workplace. I was often the only female in meetings. I had a special women’s lingerie bright red bra that I wore under my uniform during these meetings. It was my secret, hidden underwear armour. If only I’d hand a comfortable and pretty pair of undies to match!
Through her leadership and influence, Sirimavo revolutionized the way women dress and perceive themselves, leaving an indelible mark on the industry. We can all learn from her strength. Whether it’s by wearing traditional attire, or sexy lingerie under our clothes, we can remainn true to ourselves through fashion.