In pictures: Jacinda Ardern travels Europe’s halls of power

Paris, Berlin, London. The New Zealand prime minister has been shuttling the major European capitals this week, and the snappers have been out in force to document the appearances of New Zealand’s ‘pregnant leftie PM’ (© Sun newspaper). Here, a selection of those photographs, and Sam Brooks’ scientific analysis reveals precisely what Jacinda Ardern was saying/thinking at that moment.


If you had to guess which one of us looked more like the prime minister of France in this moment, would you pick the guy with the $20 haircut or the woman whose hair looks like it was given to her by the Goddess Venus herself? Just saying. One of us came to play, one of us came to slay.

Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

This is your last chance to impress me and to save yourself from elimination. Ladies, the time has come for you to lip-sync for your life. Good luck, and don’t fuck it up.

KAY NIETFELD/AFP/Getty Images

Wear black, they said. It’s slimming, they said. You won’t look like the person who should be the German chancellor if you’re photographed next to the actual German chancellor they said. Or maybe the new despot tyrant of the Trade Federation in a Star Wars prequel. You won’t look like that at all.

Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Turns out you can be prime minister of Canada and still not know that if you’re the one taking a selfie you should be in the middle. No, that’s fine, Justin! Just make me work my angles because you can’t work out your positioning. That’s fine. No worries.

Stefan Rousseau/PA Images via Getty Images

I am exactly this pregnant.

Jack Taylor/Getty

All these papers are blank. We’re not even reading anything. Please don’t take a photo of this. We don’t even look like we’re doing any work.

Jack Taylor/Getty Images

The Ardern-Gayford scion has a better shot at becoming king than you tbh

Look, judge all you want, but you’re married to Prince Phillip. I’ve seen The Crown, I know what goes on. I’ll take my professional fish murderer any day.

DOMINIC LIPINSKI/AFP/Getty Images

Don’t you dare try make one of them laugh. Don’t you dare.

DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images

Wear mustard, they said. You won’t blend into the walls, they said. You won’t blend into the carpet, they said. It’s slimming, they said. Go to hell, I say.

TOBY MELVILLE/AFP/Getty Images

The one time I get to go to Buckingham Palace and I have to drink water. Do you know how clean the water is in London? Give me a glass of Karori tap any day over this.

TOBY MELVILLE/AFP/Getty Images

I saw the second season of The Crown and I want to say that I’m so sorry about your father. He’s a bad man. I’m here if you need anything, need to talk, need anything. Just text me, Chaz.

VICTORIA JONES/AFP/Getty Images


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