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Bernie Sanders Talks Fashion Icon Status On CNN

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“I think of my many attributes, being a great dresser or a fashion maven is not one of them," said the senator of inspiring Balenciaga's fall menswear collection.

Vermont senator Bernie Sanders was, rather ironically, the talk of Men's Paris Fashion Week last month when Balenciaga designer Demna Gvasalia paraded blanket coats, pins and sweatshirts with "Balenciaga" scrawled across them in the same font as Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign logo.

There were subtle differences that set Gvasalia's logo apart from Sanders', but the inspiration was clear. And over the weekend, CNN's State of the Union host Jake Tapper (begrudgingly) asked the 75-year-old an "admittedly rather frivolous" question: "Did you ever think you would become a fashion icon?" 

“No, not quite,” said the senator between hardy chuckles. “I think of my many attributes being a great dresser or a fashion maven is not one of them.” 

Based on the uber trendy Burton snowboarding jacket which the senator wore to the inauguration of President Trump, we'd beg to differ. 

Watch the interview below: 

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