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He scrubs up well! Firebrand dons tuxedo for film awards
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He scrubs up well! Firebrand dons tuxedo for film awards

Jessica Jones · 8 Feb 2016, 11:36

Published: 08 Feb 2016 11:36 GMT+01:00

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He famously turned up to meet Spain’s King Felipe in an open-collared shirt, jeans and trainers, shunning the suit and tie look of his political rivals, but Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias stunned Spain on Saturday night when he wore a tuxedo.

Pablo Iglesias (left) at the Goyas with Antonio Resines, the president of Spain's Film Academy and Albert Rivera, leader of Ciudadanos. Photo: AFP

The usually - how shall we put this - scruffy politician, donned a tuxedo, complete with black bow tie, for the Goya awards, Spain’s annual film awards ceremony that is televised on national TV.

Iglesias opted for a more casual look to meet King Felipe last week. Photo: AFP

But while his choice of outfit might have been completely out of character, there was one detail that was completely true to form: his low-hanging pony tail. 

While Iglesias scrubbed up for the occasion, Socialist leader Pedro Sánchez was surprisingly underdressed in a black suit and open-collared shirt.

Iglesias told reporters that he had decided to wear the tuxedo as a "mark of respect for Spanish cinema". 

Many Spaniards pointed out that Iglesias had afforded more respect to Spain's film industry than he had to the country's monarch, with whom he has met twice, both times in jeans, trainers and an open-collar shirt. 

Pablo Iglesias and Pedro Sánchez at the Goyas. Photo: AFP

The 30th edition of the film awards saw La Novia (The Bride), directed by Paula Ortiz, take home the Best Picture award. The film is based on Federico García Lorca's play, Blood Wedding. 

Iglesias's choice of outfit caused a storm of reaction on Twitter: 



"You know it’s carnival because Pablo Iglesias is wearing a tuxedo and bow tie," wrote one Twitter user. 

His surprisingly suave appearance even prompted his very own lego character:


"Pablo Iglesias wears a tuxedo to the Goyas but jeans to meet the king," wrote on Twitter user. 


"When your parents let you go out on New Year's Eve for the first time with your older cousin," one person joked. 

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