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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern wears two pairs of Spanx for TV interview

This world leader is just like any other new mum.

By Kylie Matthews
When New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in the US earlier this week, we all fell a little bit more in love with the young, progressive world leader representing the Land of the Long White Cloud to the world.
But it was what she was wearing underneath her dress on the program that has earned her the undying devotion of women around the globe.
Jacinda appeared on a late night TV talk show after wowing the world with her UN speech.
The 38-year-old Kiwi Prime Minister recently attended the 2018 United Nations General Assembly in New York to talk trade, offer diplomacy and tackle world politics between breastfeeding sessions with her three-month-old daughter, Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford.
Both mother and baby made history by attending the UN together, with little Neve even getting her own UN ID, which her father, Clarke Gayford, showed off on Twitter.
Jacinda played with baby Neve before wowing the world with her inspiring speech to the UN delegates.
"If I could distil it down into one concept that we are pursuing in New Zealand it is simple and it is this. Kindness," she said.
"I can assure all of you, New Zealand remains committed to continue to do our part to building and sustaining international peace and security. To promoting and defending an open, inclusive, and rules-based international order based on universal values."
The New Zealand Prime Minister managed to squeeze in a cuddle with daughter Neve at the meeting of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
During her visit, New Zealand's third female Prime Minister – who's also only the second world leader ever to have given birth whilst in office - was shadowed by a reporter from the New Yorker magazine.
In the article, Jacinda Ardern's role as Prime Minister and mother to a young baby is described as a 'Juggling Act' and the journalist details a scene where Jacinda, disappointed she can't 'breastpump and walk' to the studio for the interview, is preparing for her appearance on The Late Show.
"Ardern shimmied into a second Spanx underskirt, and reflected on her dual roles as mother and world leader," the reporter from The New Yorker wrote.
"If anything, [Ardern] said, she wanted to spread the message that 'I'm normal. And that there are normal people in politics who sometimes consider whether they should wear one or two layers of Spanx'."
And we thought we couldn't love her any more.
WATCH: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks at the UN.
Later that evening, Prime Minister Ardern appeared on The Late Show, laughing at host Stephen Colbert's jokes, making a few of her own and tactfully dodging around thorny diplomatic questions including her thoughts on US President Donald Trump.
The Prime Minister talked about being stopped for a chat while shopping for maternity bras in New Zealand, and detailed the moment her partner, Clarke Gayford, managed to trip over and decimate a flag pole during a meeting with Trump.
But it was her response on social media to the fact the world is talking about her underwear that was well and truly on point.

On her official Instagram account, the Kiwi PM shared an online newspaper article with the headline 'Jacinda Ardern wore two pairs of Spanx on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert' captioning it, "To be fair, one layer was spanx and one layer was a pregnancy belly band. #Glamour."
Prime Minister Ardern's partner Clarke Gayford was also in attendance on their recent US trip.
The former TV and radio host and now stay-at-home dad joined so that Jacinda could continue to breastfeed and stay close to her baby girl as the couple do not employ a nanny.

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