Esther McVey said she thinks it is "great news people are talking about powerful women" in Number 10 after a Daily Mail headline on "the battle of the Downing Street catwalk" was widely criticised.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg poked fun at the newspaper by tweeting a picture of what he was wearing, while Green MP Caroline Lucas said the headline was an "all time low".
However, the employment minister, who was promoted to attend Cabinet meetings in yesterday's reshuffle, said: "I think it's great news that people are talking about powerful women walking up in to Downing Street.
"You've got some great women there now, secretaries of state, new people who've just come in to Parliament."
"So, you know what? If it takes a photo of some women getting a new job to start a whole generation of new young girls talking about what jobs I can do then that's fine by me," she added.