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Daily Express Says Paris Attacks Talk From Ex-Home Secretary Makes Her Look 'Fabulous'

19/11/2015 14:59 GMT | Updated 19/11/2015 15:59 GMT

The Daily Express has been criticised for describing a former minister's style as "frumpy to fabulous", following an interview to discuss last week's Paris attacks.

The Richard Desmond-owned tabloid was lambasted by Jacqui Smith and her supporters for remarks saying she was "barely recognisable" in a TV appearance, the ex-MP's "long mane of brunette hair with gentle blonde highlights" praised in particular.

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Wednesday's article on Smith's discussion of the Paris Attacks

The original piece said of Smith, who served for eight years in Government, that she was "showing off a new slender frame" and had deliberately dressed in a "purple shirt and black waistcoat" to discuss the rampage in France which killed 129.

Ignoring Smith’s comments on the tragedy, the writer instead said that the politician had been "sporting a sleek new hairstyle and snazzy glasses".

Leaving Parliament, they added, clearly "did wonders for formally-frumpy Jacqui, who oozed confidence on Sky News this afternoon".

The article itself prompted Smith herself to pen a tweet, though, calling the Express out for their coverage of her punditry.

Supporters on Twitter piled in to rebuke editors for commissioning the piece, some remarking that the offending content was "unbelievable", others that it was reminiscent of 1970s-style thinking.

While one even managed to muster a joke about the Express' coverage.

The newspaper was contacted for comment but did not respond by the time this story went live.

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