Finland’s Prime Minister Sanna Marin became the youngest head of government in the country’s history. But found herself at the receiving end of some social media trolling for posing in a low-cut blazer.
According to local reports, Ms Marin, 34, posed for fashion magazine Trendi earlier this month. For the cover photoshoot, she wore a black blazer with a plunging neckline that a section of the Internet deemed “inappropriate” for someone in her position.
Supporters immediately turned the tables on sexist trolls, sharing pictures in similar blazers with hashtags like #ISupportSannaMarin and #ImWithSanna.
The photo drew backlash after it appeared on Trendi’s Instagram account.
According to the Daily Mail, one commenter suggested that it ‘eroded’ her credibility. “Is she a prime minister or a model?” another questioned.
Several people, however, were quick to come to her defence. The post was flooded with comments from people praising the image and refuting suggestions that it was “unprofessional” or took away from her achievements. On Twitter, hundreds of women shared pictures in near-identical outfits to support the Finnish prime minister.
Some Twitter users compared her photograph to an unorthodox pic of former President Urho Kekkonen, which did not face any backlash.
Sanna Marin, a Social Democrat, took office in December 2019, becoming the youngest head of government in the country’s history. She leads a coalition of five parties.