Jacinda Kate Laurell Ardern, the lady currently serving as the 40th and current Prime Minister of New Zealand since 26 October 2017 is the youngest female leader in the world, taking over New Zealand as Prime Minister at the age of 37.
But before securing the country’s top job, Jacinda Ardern led a different life… on stage – a stark contrast to her political duties.
Her track record reveals the now-expectant mother was once a DJ.
Behind her beaming smile, the stylish politician tried her hand at the deck, playing a 45-minute DJ set at Auckland’s Laneway music festival in 2014.
But rewinding back, Ms Ardern was a festival-goer – and her love for music saw her perform in a baggy singlet at her local record store.
The Spinoff uncovered the amateur DJ’s tracks from her past where she used to play Spice Girls, The Beatles, Iggy Pop and Snoop Dogg, from her Macbook.
‘For years, Ardern DJed in her spare time (she prefers the term “tune selector” over being called a “real DJ”),’ Marie Claire’s digital content editor Isabelle Truman said.
‘She is still the same genuine, kind and incredibly smart woman I’ve always known. Still a friend you can laugh with over a wine,’ Ms Truman said in the latest issue.
‘Just one who now happens to run a country.’
And it seems she always had an interest in politics. Ms Ardern used to campaign in high school elections – calling on the school to allow girls to wear trousers.
At the tender age of 17, she started volunteering for the Labour Party – door knocking and handing out flyers while juggling her job at the local fish shop.
She swapped her baggy clothing for stylish suits, and went on to become New Zealand’s youngest Labour MP in 2008.
‘I am the first to concede that I am not a normal young person,’ the then-28-year-old said in her maiden speech in parliament.
She met her now-partner TV presenter Clarke Gayford after he penned her letter about his concerns over a security bill being debated in parliament.
What started off as friendship soon turned into a blossoming romance.
‘I’ll be Prime Minister and a mum, and Clarke will be “first man of fishing” and stay-at-home dad,’ she had said in her baby announcement in January 2018. Ms Ardern head back to work six weeks after she gives birth to her baby.
Following her strong yet sensitive as well as swift response to the Christchurch terror attack, thousands of people across the world are signing petitions in favour of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
Following the attack in two mosques in Christchurch that killed 50, Ardern’s firm response was widely appreciated. She was swift to come down on it and in a national address, called the shooting an “act of terror”. She also got the government to bear the funeral costs of all the victims and firmly stood in solidarity with the families of the victims. Photos of a hijab-clad Ardern hugging family members of the victims went viral and won many hearts on social media.