Future president Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shares her beauty routine with Vogue, from her signature red lipstick to the unexpected makeup move that she describes as an instant mood booster..
And all the while, she speaks about the power of makeup and how it helps her feel “seen” in politics. Nothing frivolous about THIS tutorial!
“Femininity has power,” the 30-year-old, known by her initials, A.O.C. told viewers. “And in politics, there is so much criticism and nitpicking about how women and femme people present ourselves. Just being a woman is quite politicized here in Washington. There’s this really false idea that if you care about makeup or if you care … if your interests are in beauty and fashion that that’s somehow frivolous. But I actually think these are some of the most substantive decisions that we make and we make them every morning.”
As the youngest woman in Congress, she says she struggles to feel heard or be taken seriously, so her makeup routine has become a secret weapon.
“Our culture is so predicated on diminishing women and kind of preying on our self-esteem, so it’s kind of a radical, in my opinion, it’s quite a radical act and it’s almost like a mini-protest to love yourself,” she said. “If I’m going to spend an hour in the morning doing my glam, it’s not going to be because I’m afraid of what some Republican photo is going to look like. If I’m gonna do an hour doing my glam, it’s because I feel like it. And that’s really the difference. My body, my choice.”
When it comes to getting glam, Ocasio-Cortez explained that she even started wearing shimmery eyeshadow to work after thinking that it might help others to “diminish” her.
“I tried the shimmer and it looks fire, it looks good, it helps me feel better and I feel like it helps my eye pop a little bit,” she said. “So you know what, I was totally wrong.”