PHOTOS: Why Was Madeleine Albright At Vera Wang?

It’s hard to upstage Beyonce, but the almost inexplicable appearance of former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright at Vera Wang‘s Spring collection show did just that.

We first heard about Albright’s attendance via Twitter. She was seated next to Derek Blasberg; had her photo taken by Bill Cunningham, and later posed with Wang herself — which is how the mystery of her presence was explained.

According to Washington Examiner reporter Nikki Schwab, Albright’s granddaughter Ellie is a “big” fan, so presumably Albright pulled some strings on her behalf. There are a variety of reasons we’d love to have Albright as our grandmother, and now front row seats at fashion week is one of them.

UPDATE: We just received the following statement from Albright’s Director of Communications:

I wanted to confirm that she was indeed there with her daughter and granddaughter, who is nine, and has a budding interest in fashion. It was the Secretary’s first fashion show, and she had a wonderful time.

P.S. Julia Rubin alerted me to this cameo Albright made on Gilmore Girls. Who knew she was such a good actress?

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