Heard on the Hill: Female Pols Strike a Pose for Vogue

Posted October 18, 2011 at 7:04pm

Several lady lawmakers joined Academy Award-winning actress Meryl Streep in mugging for renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz’s camera Tuesday afternoon.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) and Sens. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) were all tapped for an upcoming Vogue spread as recognition for their concerted effort to help establish a physical presence in the nation’s capital for the largely conceptual National Women’s History Museum.

A passion project for all — particularly Maloney — the privately funded museum aims to commemorate “the contributions of women to the social, cultural, economic and political life of our nation in a context of world history.”

Everyone appeared downright punchy at the photo shoot. When Mikulski paused to ask whether the setup made her look fat, Streep prodded the photogs to break out the wide lens. Leibovitz apparently jumped in and out of group photos (per Streep’s request), and individual solons sidled up to Streep for candid shots. Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, NWHM Board President Joan Bradley Wages and presidential progeny Patricia Nixon Cox and Barbara Bush were also included in the flashbulb fun.

Vogue vet Mikulski seemed to take the high-profile shoot in stride, joking, “It’s not the Baltimore Sun, but you take what you can get.”