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Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection

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Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright
PHOENIX -

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright making a stop in Phoenix today. And that's not all, she brought her famous pin collection with her.

"This is actually a piece of the Berlin Wall that was given to me"

These pins and brooches worn by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright were more than just a fashion statement. Depending on her audience they made a political statement too.

"When other ambassadors asked me what we were gonna do I said read my pins and that is how it all started" said Albright".

The exhibit is on display at the Phoenix Art Museum and is made up of more than 200 of her pins. There are the pins but also photographs and the stories behind her famous accessories.  Most are costume jewelry but some are antiques and all have some kind of foreign policy story.

"I have spent a large portion of my life trying to make foreign policy interesting to people and make it less foreign" said Albright.

Dr. Albright's pins turned into statement pieces just after the Gulf War when the media in Iraq compared her to an "unparalleled serpent." She says she happened to have a snake pin so she wore it to her next meeting about Iraq.

"And then I thought while this is fun... so I went out and got a lot of costume jewelry that would in fact reflect what I thought was gonna happen on any given day, so on good days I wore flowers and butterflies and on bad days a lot of insects and horrible animals" said Albright.

And Albright says the rest is now history.

For more information on the exhibit: www.phxart.org/exhibition/readmypins

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