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If you are at home on Saturdays between 10 a.m. and 12 noon. EST, do yourself a favor and tune in to The Cross Connection, hosted by Tiffany Cross on MSNBC. You will feel much smarter and more enlightened after watching it – I can personally confirm that. As one of the newest hosts to MSNBC, Cross has the unique ability to break down the messages in an understandable and understandable way (she even has a segment called Make It Make Sense). She has many years of experience in politics and media, produces, reports and works on campaigns and is a co-founder The beat DC, a national platform that connects politics, politics, business, media and people with color. She is also the author of the acclaimed book Say it louder !: Black voters, white stories and saving our democracy, which was released last summer.
Ahead of me, I had the chance to ask Cross everything I wanted to know about the power of fashion in politics, her thoughts on the legacies of Kamala Harris, Jill Biden, Michelle Obama, and even Joe Biden, and how to continue creating inclusivity Priority to the Black Lives Matter movement. You will feel smarter and more enlightened after reading their invaluable insights.
For the next four years there will be an intense focus on what Kamala Harris and Jill Biden are wearing. How do you expect your styles to evolve during this time?
Hope both of them exalt American color designers. We have seen that women with global political positions can have a huge impact on designer sales. After Vice President Harris wore Timberland boots, shoe searches increased 376% from week to week, according to data. This government has stated that economic equality is one of its main issues. Uplifting black and brown designers who are often small business owners certainly speak for it.
How do you see the symbolism of fashion and how do legislators use it these days to make a statement?
Focusing on what people wear may seem reckless to some, but fashion undeniably occupies a position as a cultural touchstone and people continue to use it to make political statements. When freshman Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) wore a mask that read "Breonna" on Capitol Hill, she not only affirmed the scientific community by following CDC guidelines, but also trained some of her GOP colleagues – many of them were embarrassingly unfamiliar with the story of Breonna Taylor and mistook the mask for the name of the legislature. What we wear can tell a story and sometimes influence politics. MP Marilyn Strickland (D-WA) became one of the first three Korean-American women to be elected to Congress, as well as the first black representative from Washington. She wore a traditional Korean hanbok when taking the oath of office. Fashion is a celebration of our respective cultures and I love to see them.
I love how stylish and colorful your on-air look is. How do you decide what to wear and how has working in politics in DC shaped your wardrobe for so long?
Many Thanks! When I'm on the air, I want the viewer to feel like we're having a real conversation in their living room. I want them to feel like they know me because I am no different when the cameras stop rolling. And what I wear speaks to me. D.C. is a very conservative city when it comes to clothing, but nothing about me is conservative. I'm definitely a rule breaker and that goes for fashion too. I love wearing bright yellow in January or going sleeveless in December. I wear white after Labor Day and think sneakers go with anything. And after wearing a lot of sofa dresses for a year, my desired couture lately is definitely comfort. If I can't breathe, I won't wear it. I wear what speaks to me and not what the most popular or expensive label has. I could wear a designer belt with a $ 20 dress I found at a consignment store and still convince myself that I am on a runway where intellectual exchange is my main accessory.
So many industries (including fashion) have truly woken up to racial inequalities since the Black Lives Matter movement last summer, and great efforts are being made to become much more inclusive. How can we all make sure that everyone is looking into it and continuing to make it a priority?
Hope power brokers lean into rooms and conversations that make them uncomfortable. Equality does not mean "allowing" people with color access. The growing majority of America no longer asks; We are actively shifting power. From runways and boardrooms to the federal government, we create spaces in which we are the decision-makers. If we take the helm, it is imperative that every industry recognize its exploitative cultures of prejudice, appropriation, tokenism and discrimination. Black women are the major consumers of the fashion market, with purchasing power of $ 1.5 trillion. We should certainly be among those leading these conversations and changes.
If you were the Kamala Harris stylist what would be your main goal in choosing the looks for her?
The vice president is strikingly handsome. The power of patriarchy once made it more difficult for beautiful women to be taken seriously as leaders, so some women try to tone down their beauty. For Vice President Harris, that's impossible. I would put her in beautiful and practical pieces that celebrate every part of her. During the impeachment hearings, Trump's attorneys kept showing their support for Black Lives Matter in their defense video montage as if it was something controversial. If I could dress her for an event, it would be the next tie she has to cast in Congress. I had them tucked into a Howard University AKA jacket from the spring of 1986, a Black Lives Matter T-shirt, pearls, aviators, jeans, and a few chucks. The only thing that would improve this is that she struts on the Senate floor and spins on the way out while throwing the peace sign. Fashion can be political. It can be beautiful too. I am there for both.
Let's talk about another very influential woman with great style. What do you think Michelle Obama's legacy will be 100 years from now?
Well, considering that Forever FLOTUS Michelle Obama's influence on fashion brands was so momentous that it was the subject of a study by a professor at New York University in the United States Harvard Business ReviewYour Sartorian legacy definitely cast a wide web of influence. The Obama administration was during the rise of social media, so we got a unique glimpse of what Ms. Obama wore to celebrate dinner or just land on Martha's vineyard. She not only loved fashion; She loved fashion. She hosted a fashion education workshop at the White House, she invited students to watch Jason Wu gift his first opening dress to the Smithsonian, and her gown was often described as fashion diplomacy. A hundred years from now, people will likely still see that she was the most authentic first lady the country had seen, and her clothes were an extension to know and love her.
What message (s) do you think Joe Biden is trying to send with his clothing choices, and what changes have you noticed in the way he dresses since he became president?
When First Lady Jill Biden decorated the White House lawn with Valentine's Day messages, President Biden was wearing a black leather bomber jacket and jeans and looked like one of the main characters in Top gun. It was really a sweet, tender moment between the two, which only got better with the well-groomed collar look. We often see this president in jeans, which makes him seem so much more approachable. Everyone is suffering from the global pandemic right now. Very few of us put on suits every day. His fashion choices make him feel like one of us going through the same things as us. Now that he doesn't want to campaign, he doesn't have to worry about becoming president. And he can just be.
Next up are 5 black designers painting the future of fashion.