On Sunday, Argentine President Cristina Fernandez celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the government she and her late husband Nestor Kirchner started in 2003. In honor of Argentina's first elected female president, here are some fun facts you may not know about the powerful leader.
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A supermodel has interviewed her:
In 2008, GQ sent out Naomi Campbell to interview Fernandez de Kirchner. When asked about the pressure of matching up to her late husband Nestor Kirchner’s presidency, she sharply responded, “I am proud of that and do not feel pressured. I was the successor of the first Argentine president in many years to have stood up to the test, thanks to a serious administration of resources, economic growth and a fairer distribution of income.”
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She was diagnosed with cancer:
In 2011, Kirchner was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Presidential spokesperson Alfredo Scoccimarro said she would undergo surgery, but later it was confirmed that the politician was misdiagnosed.
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She doesn’t just rule Argentina:
Forbes named the 60-year-old political leader the 16th most powerful woman in the world in 2012. Talk about global power!
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She is compared to Hillary Clinton:
The former Secretary of State and President of Argentina certainly have a lot in common. They have law degrees, are successful political leaders, and are married to former presidents (Kirchner’s husband Nestor passed away in 2010). She spoke about her similarity to Mrs. Clinton in an interview with Time. “I think our style of argumentation is similar in the sense that women today bring a different face to politics. We're culturally formed to be citizens of two worlds, public and private,” she said.
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She comes from the middle class:
Kirchner’s dad was a bus driver and she grew up in the suburb of La Plata in Buenos Aires. “I'm a daughter of the middle class with a strong sense of social mobility and individualism, like the waves of immigrants, like my Spanish grandparents, who made Argentina,” she said in an interview.
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She was dedicated to Haiti’s recovery after the massive 2010 earthquake:
In an exclusive interview with CNN, Kitchner spoke about the vulnerable state of Haiti after the tragic 2010 earthquake and said, “We are a country that is very helpful in the recovery of Haiti. We hope to help establish more jobs in the island because that is the only way you can truly combat poverty in that nation.” Argentina also supported the operation of the Technical Secretariat Unasur-Haiti, Port-au-Prince installed as part of the assistance of $100 million recovery plan that the South American countries promised for Haiti.
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She also rules on Twitter:
Kirchner has over 2 million followers and often tweets several times a day. Her tweets vary from inspirational quotes to political messages.
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She met her husband in college:
Like many of us, Kirchner met her future spouse Nestor in college. The met while studying at The National University of La Plata in the 1970’ss. They were married in 1975 and have two children.
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She has a reputation:
Her own people have often described Cristina described as a strong and vocal woman, who is also obsessed with her image. She won her first election with 45% of the vote in October 2007, and took office in December of that year – becoming the nation’s first female elected president.
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She’s a Pisces:
Cristina was born on February 19, 1953. As a Pisces, she is described as “compassionate, charitable and will quickly put the needs of others ahead of their own. “