All Hail Gloria Steinem, Who Proved Feminists Can Kill It in Miniskirts and Leather Pants

"The miniskirted pinup girl of the intelligentsia."

That's the description reportedly used by a Washington Post columnist to describe Gloria Steinem back in the day. Reductive? Yes, incredibly so. But there was a kernel of truth in it, too: Steinem, an activist, writer and trailblazer for modern-day feminism, is also really stylish.

Steinem, who turns 82 (!) today, has always been subject to the gaze of critics, many of whom have fixated on her good looks. "She was so glamorized by the male world and treated for her exterior more than her interior," her friend Robin Morgan told the New York Times

With Gail Sheehy, a fellow editor of New York Magazine, discussing current affairs on CBS' "The Urbanites," September 28, 1970Getty Images
At a news conference at the American Civil Liberties Union, July 12, 1973Richard Drew/AP
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Like so many other women, Steinem's beauty and style have been a double-edged sword, earning her attention and praise but also the judgment of men who would dismiss her. 

"There is the notion that an attractive woman, whatever that means in society, a pretty girl can't be smart," Steinem told Teen Vogue in 2011. "We are still identified by our looks instead of our hearts or heads."

But Steinem has spent her life turning that assumption on its head. Since the 1960s, with her long, bouffant hair, through the 1970s, when she sported her iconic aviator glasses, up through today, when she's still rocking leather pants and perfectly painted nails, Steinem has proven that style and substance are not mutually exclusive.

All hail Gloria, still a feminist fashion icon at 82. 

On the "Helen Reddy Show," June 21, 1973Getty Images
With Geraldo Rivera, April 3, 1974Getty Images
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With Pat Schroeder, October 3, 1974Getty Images
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With Nancy Dick, July 1, 1984Getty Images
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Protesting outside the South African embassy in Washington D.C., December 20, 1984AP
At the Ms. Foundation for Women 3rd Annual Gloria Steinem Awards, May 20, 1991Malcolm Clarke/AP
At the 10th Annual Reproductive Freedom Award Luncheon, October 9, 2002Getty Images
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At Sundance Film Festival, January 2011Danny Moloshok/AP
At a preview for photographer Annie Leibovitz's exhibition, "WOMEN: The New Portraits," March 22, 2016Kelly Sullivan/Getty Images