Hillary Clinton dresses down interviewer over question about her clothes

An excerpt of a 2010 interview with Hillary Clinton in Kyrgyzstan is getting a second look online over her sharp response to a moderator's question about the U.S. secretary of state's fashion sense:

MODERATOR 1: OK. Which designers do you prefer?

SECRETARY CLINTON: What designers of clothes?


SECRETARY CLINTON: Would you ever ask a man that question? (Laughter.) (Applause.)

MODERATOR 1: Probably not. Probably not. (Applause.)

The exchange, posted on Tuesday by Boston Review, has been shared thousands of times on Tumblr, Twitter and Facebook—garnering Clinton plenty of admiration among women.

"I'm SO GLAD IT'S IN STYLE to respond this way again," Lizzie Skurnik wrote on Facebook.

"The tragedy is that it ever went out of style," Jens Bekman replied.

To be fair, the town hall-style interview—organized by the American University in Central Asia and U.S. Embassy in Kyrgyzstan and broadcast on public television there—was mostly substantive. Clinton was asked about her meeting with the Kyrgyzstan president, the turbulent political and socioeconomic climate, foreign and domestic policy, and the United States' delicate relationship with Russia.

And the designer clothes question, which came at the end of the interview, was prefaced by the moderator as "silly."

"Oh, I've never been asked a silly question in my entire life," Clinton said.