Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is well-known for making powerful statements with her political speeches but she's just got everyone talking through the medium of fashion, at her first ever Met Gala appearance.
At an event attended by the likes of Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez and a load of generally extremely financially wealthy people, AOC seized her moment to make totally clear where she still stands on closing the gap between the ultra-rich and the working class people of America.
AOC's interpretation of the theme "America: A Lexicon of Fashion" was a stunning floor-length white gown by Brother Vellies, which was simple and classic from the front, and from the back was emblazoned with "TAX THE RICH" in huge red writing. In case people missed her not-subtle-at-all message, AOC's bag also read “Tax The Rich”.
Anyone who follows AOC's political career will likely have been aware of her stance on this issue before the Met Gala. She's previously been vocal about increasing tax for the highest earners, suggesting those who make above $10m may need to be taxed up to 70% because "As you climb up this ladder, you should be contributing more."
So, her dress was true to form and it's fair to say the people of Twitter were living for the look.
That's not to say the fashion statement didn't have critics. Some social media users have suggested that wearing a "Tax the rich" dress as a guest at a a fancy event attended by millionaires was tone deaf. However they seem to be missing the point, going by AOC's comments on her outfit.
Speaking with Vogue on the red carpet, Alexandria said that she and Aurora James, founder and creative director of Brother Vellies, came up with the idea after “having a conversation about what it means to be a working class woman of colour at the Met."
“And we said we can’t just play along, but we need to break the fourth wall and challenge some of the institutions. While The Met is known for its spectacles, we should have a conversation about it” she said.
“We can never get too comfortable in our seats at the table once they’ve been given,” James told Vogue. “We must always continue to push ourselves, push our colleagues, push the culture and push the country forward.
“Fashion is changing, America is changing. And as far as this theme goes, I think Alexandria and I are a great embodiment of the language fashion needs to consider adding to the general lexicon as we work towards a more sustainable, inclusive, and empowered future.”
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