Images from Hillary Clinton's Burma Adventure

MORE writer Lisa DePaulo accompanied Hillary Clinton on a groundbreaking trip to Burma, the first by a U.S. Secretary of State in more than 50 years. Here, photos from that remarkable journey. And don't miss DePaulo's intimate profile of Madame Secretary, Hillary Clinton's Secret Weapon.

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Arriving in Style

Hillary Clinton touches down in hot pink (cheerfully disregarding a State Department memo forbidding that color). 

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A Room with a View

Even in the cavernous-roomed, moat-protected parliamentary compound, Clinton stands out, this time in blue. 

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Are the Promises Real?

Taking the measure of Burma's new president, Clinton hopes to discern whether his moves toward more democracy are sincere.

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Warming Up to Burma's First Lady

Burmese first lady Khin Khin Win seemed delighted to host Clinton for lunch. The two chatted and held hands.

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More Women at the Table

“I am so pleased to see this,” Clinton told Burma's male foreign minister when women were included at a meeting. 

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Meeting Aung San Suu Kyi

“It’s been an interesting day,” Clinton whispered to iconic opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi when they first met.

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Another Sit-Down at the Supersized Parliamentary Compound

Clinton’s endless meetings prevented her from seeing the country’s fabled white elephants, but she was told the Burmese had named a baby pachyderm in her honor. 

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Breathtaking Visit to a Spectacular Shrine

“So how big is that diamond?” Clinton asked about one of the thousands of gems lining the 2,500-year-old Shwedagon Pagoda temple, in Rangoon. 

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Making a Wish

“This one Buddha looks like a woman,” Clinton observed during the traditional statue-anointing. After 11 pours, she asked, “Can I make 11 wishes?”

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Emotional Moment with a Burmese Heroine

Clinton and Suu Kyi embraced in front of the home where Suu Kyi spent 15 years under house arrest—and even the most seasoned reporters teared up.

 

Don't miss Lisa DePaulo's intimate profile of Madame Secretary, Hillary Clinton's Secret Weapon.

 

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Originally published in the April 2012 issue

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