For the December 2020 cover of Vanity Fair, U.S. newly-reelected representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wears an Aliétte suit while posing in front of a floral backdrop for the clearly charming shot snapped by Tyler Mitchell.
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The cover story named ‘’Becoming AOC’’ features Ocasio-Cortez wearing designs from labels like Loewe, Carolina Herrera, Christopher John Rogers and Wales Bonner.
The luxury labels are a far cry from the everyday contents of the Congresswoman’s closet, a fact that she discusses in the story written by Michelle Ruiz: ‘’It continues to take me so long to try to figure out how to look put-together without having a huge designer closet’’, she says.
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez also discusses red lipstick serving as ‘’war paint’’ in Congress, but the story doesn’t focus solely on fashion and beauty. Instead, it portrays those as two elements that fit into the wider story of one woman’s life.
Ruiz’s writing chronicles everything from the Congresswoman’s working class history to the death threats she’s received since gaining prominence to her partner Riley Roberts’ instincts toward privacy. The story even notes Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s brainiac-nerd roots: ‘’In high school, AOC won an award at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (something about the life span of roundworms), which led scientists to name an asteroid in her honor. Somewhere between Mars and Jupiter floats 23238 Ocasio-Cortez – according to the experts who named it, there’s ‘zero chance’ it will destroy us’’.
Sittings editor: Carlos Nazario
Fashion director: Nicole Chapoteau
Hair: Jimmy Paul
Make-up: Diane Kendal
Manicure: Dawn Sterling
Set design: Julia Wagner
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