Joe Biden and Kamala Harris showcased American designers at their inauguration Wednesday, and Harris gave a nod to girls’s suffrage, Shirley Chisholm and her beloved sorority in pearls and purple.
Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton and Laura Bush additionally donned hues of purple. Harris has cited Chisholm, a Democrat from New York, as an inspiration for her profession. Chisholm was the primary Black lady elected to Congress and the primary Black major-party candidate to run for U.S. president.
Pearls had a powerful style exhibiting, in step with a social media marketing campaign that had inauguration watchers donning strands in help and celebration of Harris. No person in attendance did them fairly like Jennifer Lopez — from earrings to bracelets — as she sang “This Land is Your Land” in head-to-toe white Chanel.
Rep. Barbara Lee, a California Democrat, wore a pearl necklace owned by Chisholm herself. It was a present from Chisholm’s goddaughter.
“Due to Shirley Chisholm, I’m,” Lee, who’s Black, posted on Twitter. “Due to Shirley Chisholm, Vice President Harris is.”
The pearls Harris wore, by Wilfredo Rosado, have been additionally an emblem of unity along with her sisters in Alpha Kappa Alpha, the primary African American Greek-letter sorority, mentioned Rachel Torgerson, style options director for Cosmopolitan. The sorority’s founders are known as the “Twenty Pearls.” Each new member receives a badge adorned with 20 pearls.