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Fashion and Inauguration

Let me introduce to you one of America’s most iconic women of this century. This is none other than the Vice President of the US, Kamala Harris. At the onset, you can feel her strong and confident presence as she faces the people. Kamala Harris, in full Kamala Devi Harris, is a lot of firsts. She was the first Indian-American woman to serve as a U.S. senator, the first woman of color — daughter of an Indian mother and Jamaican father — on a presidential ticket for a major party, and most especially the first African-American woman and the first South Asian woman vice president-elect. Harris is the embodiment of every immigrants’ “American dream” and her success is so timely in giving hope to the challenging events that the rest of the world is facing right now. Through her, she gives a voice to all the women who fought to make America a better place.

Upon gracing the podium to accept her role on the eve of November 7th, she wore a white trouser suit made by Carolina Herrera. Surprisingly, this had nothing to do with just a simple taste in fashion, nor was it because of the prestigious designer’s popularity. It was more of a political statement than a fashion statement, although it did suit her wonderfully. White is a feminist color, worn by the suffragettes at the beginning of the 20th century during their fight for women’s rights to vote and the wearing of trousers by women has continued to be the subject of the fight for gender equality. Another candid moment that went viral was when she sported a Nike top bearing the slogan “Just do it” in a 12-minute video clip of her congratulatory call to Joe Biden. In the game of politics, nothing for her is done out of mere coincidence. She uses fashion to magnify her message, but by no means does it overpower her. Kamala’s wardrobe revolves around bold pearls and smart pantsuits. Her color choices are most often a shade lighter than Joe Biden’s attire whenever they need to appear in public together, which is another way of showing the idea of being part of a team. She is the ultimate example of a woman of power.

That being said, it is encouraging enough for us to draw strength and character by emulating Kamala’s fashion statement. We need boldness, depth, and stability, especially in these challenging times. Fashion choices have always been a reflection of one's current disposition. It’s high time we deliberately set the intention of what we want to tell people and make an impact on the world. If you want to be and feel strong, go for deep and bold colors versus soft and pastel shades. I believe that it’s time we level ourselves up as the hustle and bustle are slowly picking up and businesses are now flourishing once more. We’ve managed to ride along 2020’s highs and lows, so I’m confident that we’re more than ready to face what 2021 has in store.

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