As the youngest woman ever elected to Congress, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez quickly made waves in Washington in terms of both her progressive policies and her style. The 29-year-old New Yorker’s decision to wear gold hoops at her swearing-in ceremony and then to the president’s State of the Union address was praised by young women — and the freshman congresswoman has finally revealed where she bought them.
“In case anyone wants to know, this is where I get [sic] my gold hoops for my swearing-in,” Ocasio-Cortez said in her Instagram Stories on Sunday.
She tagged the location as Stars Jewelry in the Bronx, urging her fans to support a local business. The store is located in the congressional district she represents.
After the internet freaked out over her swearing-in look, the congresswoman explained that the gold hoops and red lipstick were inspired by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor — the first Latina to sit on the Supreme Court bench and a fellow Bronx native from a Puerto Rican family. Ocasio-Cortez said Sotomayor was told to wear “neutral-colored nail polish” at her confirmation hearings in 2009, but Sotomayor apparently kept her nails red anyway.
Ocasio-Cortez made it very clear that she hoped her hoops and red lips sent the message that girls don’t have to dress a certain way to be successful.
Lip+hoops were inspired by Sonia Sotomayor, who was advised to wear neutral-colored nail polish to her confirmation hearings to avoid scrutiny. She kept her red.
Next time someone tells Bronx girls to take off their hoops, they can just say they’re dressing like a Congresswoman. https://t.co/eYN5xYFcTE
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 4, 2019
Ocasio-Cortez was born and raised in the Bronx and recently moved to a new apartment in her neighborhood.
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