Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez believes in the power of a well-honed beauty regimen!
While walking Vogue through her daily skincare and makeup routine, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, 30, shared that spending so much time traveling and fighting for political causes can really take its toll.
“I have not gotten much sleep,” she said. “Welcome to life in politics. We are trying to get people health care, making sure that they are taken care of in a pandemic, people are fighting too much, and so I have bags under my eyes.”
In addition to sometimes putting on a hydrating face mask during trips between Washington, D.C. and New York City, the progressive lawmaker always makes sure to use toner, vitamin C serum, moisturizer and a “generous” amount of SPF — which she even rubs into her eyelids.
Although Ocasio-Cortez’s political opponents have been known to try and use her physical appearance to discredit her policies, the lawmaker has never been shy about standing up for the power of makeup.
“In politics there is so much criticism and nitpicking about how women and femme people present ourselves. Just being a woman is quite politicized,” she said. “There’s this really false idea that if you care about makeup or your interests are in beauty and fashion that’s somehow frivolous but I actually think these are some of the most substantive decisions we make and we make them every morning.”
“Our culture is so predicated on diminishing women and preying on our self-esteem, and so it’s quite a radical act—and it’s almost like a mini protest—to love yourself in a society that’s always telling you you’re not the right weight, you’re not the right color, you’re not the right, you know, whatever it is,” the congresswoman added.
However, the true “key to beauty” is loving yourself.
“If you need a little boost or if you’re feeling particularly challenged that day, look in the mirror and say, ‘I’m the bomb, and I will make the world a better place in my own little pocket because that’s what I’m here to do’…. There’s something that you bring, and you need to know that, and that is the best beauty secret of them all.” she continued.
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