After Vanity Fair Cover, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Speaks Out On Fame & Representation In Government.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the political pundit many of us have been waiting for. She is informed, she challenges the status quo, and her social and media platform is based on a desire to help the American people. She doesn’t speak in political rhetoric, she clearly outlines the issues in government we need to face and what has to change.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

And as a young Latinx woman entering an aging (and ageist) government (the average age in the Senate is 51 and 60 in Congress) she would broaden the lens of who the American people are and what the American people look like.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Since her win against Joe Crowley she hasn’t stopped campaigning for more supporters as this November she will go up against Republican candidate Anthony Pappas .

And it’s working, Ocasio-Cortez continues to accumulate more and more believers who are hopeful real change is coming.

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Ocasio-Cortez seen handing out bubbles to children on the street while encouraging parents to register to vote.

This type of influence leads to big media interest like Vanity Fair who features the humble Democratic candidate on their November 2018 cover. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is photographed with the full power of their publication – the power white suit, flashy jewelry and air brushed beauty.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on the cover of Vanity Fair (November 2018)

The cover can easily make one pause. Is this the same woman we are excited to vote for or is she getting swept up in the media attention?

Before the speculation can begin Ocasio-Cortez shares the cover with her supporters and takes a moment to get real about what this means in reality. In an Instagram post the 28 year old political pundit talks about the importance of representation in government and in glossy magazines – but, “don’t get it twisted”, she’s still Alexandria from the block.

See what Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had to say about the Vanity Fair cover in her own words:

“Sometimes people ask me how this feels. To be honest, at least in part, I feel scared.

“Sometimes people ask me how this feels. To be honest, at least in part, I feel scared. Anxious. Overwhelmed. And that’s okay. It is a surreal experience to go from being virtually anonymous to having an enormous amount of attention overnight. Things went from feeling like folks going out of their way NOT to cover our campaign to feeling like there’s a microscope on my every word, joke, meal, outfit, or makeup decision. Every time a media event like this happens I get NERVOUS.

But I also think about how I never got to see anyone like me on any magazines growing up. I never saw a version myself in leadership, or on TV, or anywhere really and think, “That could be me.”
I think of that saying, ‘be who you needed when you were younger.’ When I was younger, I needed to see myself in others. I needed mentorship. I needed an example. I needed to believe that I could. Knowing that gives me the courage to overcome the doubt, the fear, and anxiety: the idea that if I do this, then maybe it will help someone else.
The whole time I campaigned for Congress up to the primary, I didn’t even have health insurance. I was uninsured until not long ago. I STILL feel squeezed w/ healthcare. So to suddenly be on the cover of a magazine despite all that is enough to make my head spin. I try hard to keep my life as normal as possible, with just a few changes to accommodate the whirlwind.
I still live in my 1br BX apartment, but I may move 2 blocks to get a little more space for all the boxes. I go to my same bodega, have the same mailman, play in the same parks with my nieces and nephews.

The hardest part has been feeling like my full, human, 3-dimensional self gets flattened into a 2 dimensional character for mass consumption or critique. It’s weird. I stumble like everyone else. It’s hard feeling like I have a whole movement on my shoulders. But I also know that’s not true – movement means we’re ALL in this together. I happen to have one mic to amplify the work and causes of others, but it’s not the only mic.
The goal is to keep pushing so that LOTS 👏🏽MORE👏🏽 champions get the shine they so deeply deserve. That means to everyone out there – your cover is next.”

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Nichelle Cole is the founder & editor-in-chief of The Fashion Plate magazine. A respected writer, stylist and influencer, she has been published in fashion magazines around the world.

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