Badgal Congresswomen Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez just dropped her skincare routine and we couldn't be happier

By: Rechelle Dennis

If you live under a rock you might not be familiar with Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Hailing from the Bronx she is the youngest women ever elected to Congress and far from your traditional politician. Bringing an edge that keeps Congress on their toes, she is definitely not afraid to let you know where she comes from. Not only is Cortez challenging political opponents but the very definition of congresswomen. Yes, she just recently dropped her skincare routine and we couldn’t be more excited. However, this politician is no stranger to the beauty game, she recently received a bit of backlash from stuck up traditionalists for wearing hoops and red lipstick to a swearing-in ceremony. When asked about her choice to wear red lipstick and hoops she attributed it to Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who was advised to wear neutral colored nail polish to hearings. Yes, Sotomayor was not having it and choose to keep her red nails. We stan women who are not afraid to challenge the status quo.

What a time to be alive, where professional women are allowed to express who they are without fear, blurring the lines between what it means to be conservative and progressive. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez dropping her skincare routine is not only refreshing but a reminder that beauty is not an exclusive ideology only afforded to certain women and needed to be regulated by patriarchal ideals. What we choose to wear is apart of self-expression and apart of who we are, it is a representation of our culture. Cortez is not alone in the fight for progressive changes to the regulation of women’s appearance in politics. Ilhan Omar, a Somali-American muslim and Minnesota’s newly elected congresswomen, will be the first women to wear a hijab after Congress recently lifted a head cover ban “No one puts a scarf on my head but me. It’s my choice—one protected by the first amendment. And this is not the last ban I’m going to work to lift,” Omar tweeted. Whether it’s our hair, the color of our lipstick, or religious wear we should never have to compromise who we are for anyone or anything. No longer is beauty exclusively afforded to certain people, it is universal.