CITY HALL — Newly svelte City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is showing off her slimmed-down figure in this month’s issue of ELLE Magazine, in a spread that's likely to surprise some constituents who haven't seen her in a while.
One was reportedly so surprised by Quinn's changed appearance, he stopped her on her way to a Brooklyn Law School speech with the ELLE reporter in tow.
"I didn’t know you looked so gooood!” the constituent reportedly told Quinn, adding, “You know, when you be on TV, you look kinda big."
“I went on a diet,” Quinn reportedly replied. “Thanks very much.”
Quinn's team did not respond to repeated questions about how much weight she has lost. But a look back at Quinn's physique over the past few years shows a much slimmer figure than in years past.
Quinn got the glam treatment in a glossy spread, posing in a chic Maria Rinaldi trench and Jimmy Choo ankle boots under the Manhattan Bridge.
The spread is reminiscent of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's ELLE photo shoot, which showed off her slimmed-down figure after her Senate win to replace Hillary Clinton.
In the piece, Quinn takes political writer Lisa DePaulo on a whirlwind tour of the city’s boroughs in the "Chrismobile."
“Whaddaya mean, you’ve never been to the Bronx?”... “We need to fix that,” she reportedly chided.
While Quinn has not yet officially declared her mayoral run, she seemed to make her intentions clear during the interviews for the piece.
“Well, we haven’t made anything public yet,” she reportedly told the writer, prompting "Loud guffaws from everyone in the SUV."
She also defended her public demeanor, which some see as brash, including one incident in which she was criticized for chomping on gum at a mayoral press conference.
“There are a lot of people in New York who happen to like a gum-cracking kind of girl, particularly one who can also hold forth with wonky ease on everything from housing policy and property taxes to poop rules at the dog runs,” DePaulo wrote.
The magazine described one encounter at the 50th annual Women of Achievement Awards Luncheon, held in Staten Island, that could hint at Quinn's future beyond the shadow of Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Quinn went from table-to-table, schmoozing the crowd, "working the room with such intensity that she doesn’t even seem to notice when a little man, who arrived in a big car, enters the ballroom," DePaulo wrote.
"Did you say hi to Bloomberg?" De Paulo asked Quinn.
"No. Was he here?" Quinn replied.