Clinton’s New Humans of New York Profile Explains Why She Appears ‘Walled in,’ Unreachable


We’ve talked about Humans of New York before, you and I. The popular Facebook group has blown up into what could very nearly be considered a phenomenon just by posting photos of everyday people into the feeds of their 17 million followers. Those pictures are accompanied by raw, insightful, and funny quotes and stories, which is what makes them special. When not taking pictures of people in Manhattan’s Union Square or on random street corners in the Bronx, Brandon Stanton, the photographer behind the years-long project, has traveled to the Middle East, to children’s hospitals, to red carpet events, and to prisons to document the daily lives of the inhabitants. From celebrities like Chrissy Teigen to teeny-tiny fashionistas on their way to Easter mass, he’s captured them all, but today’s photo is unique in a way.

“I was taking a law school admissions test in a big classroom at Harvard. My friend and I were some of the only women…

Posted by Humans of New York on Thursday, September 8, 2016

18 hours after posting a photo of a young woman who suffers from mental problems that prohibit her from leaving the house for fear of germs, Stanton just posted a photo of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton like it was no big deal.

In a way, it was no big deal. The entire point of HONY is to humanize and equalize everyone by showing how much we have in common. Clinton’s story about being heckled as she sat for a law school admissions exam is something people will be able to relate to and is something that highlights the fact that she’s also just a person.

Of particular note — especially today, when she is being judged for not being presidential-looking enough or showing the right amount of emotion during a forum last night — is her comment on why people so often perceive her as being emotionless:

I know that I can be perceived as aloof or cold or unemotional. But I had to learn as a young woman to control my emotions. And that’s a hard path to walk. Because you need to protect yourself, you need to keep steady, but at the same time you don’t want to seem ‘walled off.’ And sometimes I think I come across more in the ‘walled off’ arena. And if I create that perception, then I take responsibility. I don’t view myself as cold or unemotional. And neither do my friends. And neither does my family. But if that sometimes is the perception I create, then I can’t blame people for thinking that.

Good timing, Stanton.

[image via screengrab]

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