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Nicola Sturgeon on how she plans to counter the detrimental effect of the ‘vicious’ media scrutiny of her appearance during the general election

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The Green Party’s Natalie Bennett, Plaid Cymru’s Leanne Wood and Sturgeon not only performed admirably, but also were, bar David Cameron, the only leaders not to resign their positions following the results.

With 56 new MPs in Westminster, Sturgeon is now one of the most influential women in British politics.

But they also took far more flack than they should for their personal appearances in the tabloid press.

The Scottish First Minister in particular faced deplorably sexist treatment by the media during her campaign trail, and was routinely scrutinised for her aesthetics.

Speaking on ITV’s Loose Women, Sturgeon said that suddenly being in the “glare of the public eye UK-wide” has been an “interesting experience”, though not entirely a pleasurable one.

“The main thing that’s changed about me is I’ve got older,” she said of her supposedly changing appearance – another key “talking point” in tabloid coverage of her political career.

“As you go grey, you have to decide whether you want to do something about it, you get more comfortable in your skin.

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