She’s never hidden her love of fashion and has refused to let being Prime Minister dim her famously adventurous taste in shoes.
Now Theresa May, the vicar’s daughter who fought her way to the top of British politics, has appeared in the world’s most influential fashion bible.
The Prime Minister posed for celebrated portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz at her country residence Chequers in a shoot for the April edition of US Vogue.
She also gave a wide-ranging interview to journalist Gaby Wood, in which she spoke about Donald Trump, Brexit and her relationship with husband Philip for the magazine which was published in the US today.
Theresa May has posed for a fashion shoot with photographer Annie Leibovitz for US Vogue magazine. In this photo, taken at the Prime Minister’s Chequers country residence, she wears an L.K.Bennett coat and dress
She is pictured in an Egg coat, Sine for Egg sweater and black boots walking in the countryside with her husband Philip. She praised her husband in the interview she gave to the magazine, revealed he makes an excellent mushroom risotto
Commenting on the famous photo of her and Mr Trump holding hands outside the White House, she said: ‘I think he was actually being a gentleman. We were about to walk down a ramp, and he said it might be a bit awkward.’
Her photoshoot was organised by editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, with some suggesting the PM’s choice of the US version of the magazine was designed to raise her profile on the other side of the Atlantic.
She is pictured, in a dark blue coat and dress sitting in front of a 17th century painting called ‘Master Frankland, Second Son to William Frankland’.
Another photo shows her in a long red coat and grey sweater walking through a wintry landscape with husband Philip, who she praised in her interview.
She said that she tends to cook and he loads the dishwater when they are home together. However, since she has become Prime Minister, he has started cooking more and she has discovered he prepares a ‘very good mushroom risotto’.
Mrs May says she and Philip argue about the same things other couples do, such as what to watch on TV, with Philip preferring history documentaries, and she opting for US crime show NCIS.
It is a magazine which is close to the Prime Minister’s heart, and she chose a lifetime subscription as her luxury item when she appeared on Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs in 2014.
Mrs May spoke about the pictures of her and Donald Trump holding hands, saying the US President was ‘being a gentleman’
Mrs May (left in 2013 and right in 2012) has become known for her bold fashion choices during her time in British politics
Mrs May has been famed for her love of shoes ever since she walked on stage at the 2002 Tory Party conference wearing a pair of Leopard print kitten heels.
And during her tenure as Home Secretary, Debenhams said ‘the Theresa May effect’ was driving customers to seek out increasingly bold shoe designs.
In December last year, she sparked a row in Downing Street after wearing a £955 Amanda Wakeley-designed ‘bitter chocolate’ trousers during a photoshoot for the Sunday Times magazine.
Her choice of clothes was criticised by Conservative MP Nicky Morgan who said she had never spent that much on a piece of clothing apart from her wedding dress.
Text messages from one of Mrs May’s members of staff suggested the Prime Minister was angry about the comments, with a fellow MP being warned: ‘Don’t bring that woman (Morgan) to No 10 again’.
One of Mrs May’s first widely-covered speeches came during the Conservative Party Conference in 2002
As well as her now famous ‘nasty party’ remarks, the appearance is as much remembered for her leopard print kitten heels
She has continued to push the boundaries during her time on the front benches. She is pictured in Parliament in 2007
At the time her Vogue shoot was announced in January, it was suggested Mrs May and her team had chosen US Vogue over the UK version to make a greater impression on newly-elected president Donald Trump.
It was also noted that the deputy editor of the British edition is Emily Sheffield, the younger sister of Samantha Cameron, wife the Prime Minister from whom Mrs May took over.
Photographer Ms Leibovitz’s work stretches back to her days as a photographer for Rolling Stone magazine in the early 1970s, when she captured the last official image of John Lennon and Yoko Ono just five hours before he was killed.
The 67-year-old photographer, who commands fees of up to £150,000 a day, has also taken official pictures of the Queen, including one for her 90th birthday last year.
Margaret Thatcher, the UK’s only other female leader with whom Mrs May is often compared, was photographed four times for British Vogue.