How AOC and Kamala Harris became 2020’s fashion influencers

It seems like several lifetimes ago that Michelle Obama shocked a public steeped in couture-clad First Ladies by rotating through a kaleidoscope of young designers—Thakoon and Jason Wu among them. In her Netflix documentary Becoming, Obama addresses the pressures that caused her to embrace clothing as part of her messaging. “Fashion for a woman still predominates how people view you, and that’s not fair, that’s not right. But it’s true,”she says. With her choices, Obama moved the needle, proving it’s possible to be a woman of substance and intelligence and still love style.

kamala harris at san francisco pride in 2019
Kamala Harris at San Francisco Pride in 2019.

Justin Sullivan

Now we have a vice-presidential candidate, Kamala Harris, who wields fashion choices like weapons in her arsenal. There was her denim jacket of rainbow colours, worn to celebrate Pride in 2019, with symbolism so clear she needn’t have uttered a word. She signals she’s down-to-earth with

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Bella Hadid Posts PSA in Dr. Martens & 2020’s Most Important Fashion Accessory

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Bella Hadid is the latest celebrity to continue to wear this year’s most important accessory: a face mask.

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The model posted a PSA on Instagram encouraging her fans to mask up. The 23-year-old wore Dr. Martens and a black face mask in the photos she shared. In her post, Hadid wrote about the importance of wearing a face-covering while COVID-19 continues to loom over the world. She also criticized a group of nearby cops who did not appear to be wearing masks.

#WEARAMASK we wear masks to not only protect ourselves, but to protect our loved ones and our communities. even if your local police force isn’t wearing them, doesn’t mean you don’t have to …… so… wear a mask. it’s cute and cool.

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Hot Men in Bandanas Is 2020’s Only Good Fashion Trend

Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos Getty/Instagram
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos Getty/Instagram

Subjectively speaking, face masks are hot. The biggest trend of 2020 serves as a visual reminder that the wearer is civically minded, cares about their community, and isn’t some #Plandemic conspiracy theorist/truther. All attractive qualities.

Maybe you do not agree with that subjective statement, but I think we can all get behind one objective fact: face masks are literally hot. It’s not quite breathable to stuff one’s snout under layers of cotton. So we sweat. A lot. 

How Tim Kaine, in Face Mask Bandana, Became the Senate’s Coolest Cowboy

How one chooses to mop up their perspiration can be the stuff of awkwardness. Yesterday, I wiped down my forehead with a crumbled old CVS receipt found in the bottom of my backpack. Others have their wicking game down. See: dudes in bandanas. 

Fashionistas from Sarah Jessica Parker to Senator Tim

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