When Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin was criticized for videos showing her dancing suggestively during a fun night out, nightlife-loving New Yorker Jessica Chow was in immediate solidarity.
“Who are we to judge what someone does in their free time?” said Chow, 33, founder of independent watch brand Vieren, who told The Post she loves going out four to five nights a week to restaurants and cocktail bars.
The 36-year-old partying PM has clapped back at the Finnish press, insisting that she did nothing illegal, and that the controversy over leaked footage of a private event revealed a sexist double standard. Chow and other high-powered New York women say they’re in total agreement.
“It’s healthy to let loose and spend time with friends! Even when you are a public official — it doesn’t stop her from being able to perform her job effectively,” said Kelly Brady, an NYC p.r. powerhouse in her early 40s who attributes her personal and professional growth to years of after-hours socializing. “Why are we shaming the prime minister? It really shouldn’t be an uproar.”
Denetrias Charlemagne agrees.
“I have been an executive, have two Ivy League degrees and work my ass off — you bet that by the time Saturday night comes, I am ready for a drink and a full dance floor,” the 32-year-old co-founder of beverage company Avec Drinks told The Post.
Charlemagne, who launched the sparkling cocktail mixer business during the peak of the pandemic, securing $1.2 million in pre seed round funding and expanding her brand into more than 300 retailers across the country, noted that building a startup from the ground up can be stressful. A bit of a “treat yourself” goal at the end of a busy workweek is a must. She loves a good tequila cocktail and some live music at Shrine in her Harlem neighborhood, or Public Records in Brooklyn.
Thirty-something Natalie Mackey, CEO of clean makeup and skin-care company Winky Lux, said she feels more creative after a night out with friends.
“It’s neither unethical nor immoral to have fun with your friends and, in my experience, releasing some steam often improves one’s ability to think, strategize and lead overall,” she said.
Like many of the women interviewed, Mackey questioned whether or not the Finnish prime minister was taking heat because she was a woman.
“It doesn’t go unnoticed that, should she have been a man, this would likely be a different, far less impugning, conversation,” she said.
Mackey also pointed out that an emerging group of younger, digital native leaders assures that we can expect more leaked personal content in the future — not that there’s anything wrong with that.
“If we want younger leaders to shepherd the world into the future, we can likely expect a barrage of leaked personal photos and videos,” Mackey said. “I hope media and the public will learn to treat them with some dignity. In the meantime? Get down, girl!”
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