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Muffet McGraw: Scoring Fashion Points

Felicia Caponigri | Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Fashion is never fluff. It’s a weapon of communication. An accessory or a complete ensemble can project strength to your opponent, encouragement to your team and unstoppable confidence to all those TV cameras. If you have any doubt, just tune into a Notre Dame women’s basketball game, and take a look at Muffet McGraw on the sidelines for proof. Like the armor of an Amazonian woman prepared to do battle, Muffet’s outfits fly in the face of expectation and disarm you with their fierceness.

While her team may run in sneakers, she’ll remind you of the feminine strength underneath those jerseys by wearing her killer red stilettos. Think she should fade into the background like her male counterparts in a black pantsuit? Not so fast — she’s breaking out a leopard-print skirt. In a traditionally masculine sport, Muffet hasn’t just shown that she and her team can compete with formidable opponents. She’s shown that a killer sense of style isn’t a liability — it’s that necessary extra spice to an intimidating presence. After all, it’s not just important whether you win or lose. It’s how you look playing the game that counts.