This gives a whole new meaning to diplomacy. While I dislike saying anything positive about Madeleine Albright, her brooch collection as a political statement is a sassy little signature:
...she chose to wear on her left lapel was determined by the state of play in ongoing diplomatic negotiations. So while Yasser Arafat was treated to a wasp, the South Korean president, Kim Dae-jung, got a more welcoming sun.See a photo of Albright and her wasp here.
The fad kicked off after the Gulf war in 1994 when the Iraqi press referred to her as an "unparalleled serpent" and she decided to wear a coiled snake to her next meeting with Saddam Hussein. By the time she left office she had a collection of more than 300 brooches – most of them picked up for next to nothing at flea markets – including a rocket-propelled grenade launcher and a gold UFO with three aliens – presumably for meetings with the Taliban and David Icke respectively.
I wore wasps on tough days when I wanted to do a little stinging and deliver a tough message.