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Inauguration Day 2021 looked unlike because of the pandemic and the late rebellion at the Capitol. A fresh administration under Joe Biden was sworn in without the common push on the National Mall. But women found a way to celebrate from home as Kamala Harris became the first womanhood, the first base Black woman, and the first gear person of South asian lineage in U.S. history to assume the function of vice-president .
In honor of Harris, women across the country donned Chucks ( Converse All Stars ) and pearls. The far-flung apparent motion was organized in Facebook groups like Chucks and Pearls Day, January 20th, 2021 and Wear Pearls on Jan 20th, 2021, with over 90,000 and 450,000 members, respectively. “ We love our new VP and we know how much she loves chucks and of course, those Pearls, ” one description reads. “ We want women from all walks of liveliness to honor her by wearing chucks and pearls. ”
Thrilled to be the commencement speaker this year at my beloved alma flat @ HowardU. here ’ mho my gradation photograph for descendants. pic.twitter.com/tiHTvnOSpc— Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) March 28, 2017
Harris ’ s pearls have become a signature look because they have particular importance to her. When she accepted the democratic vice-presidential nominating speech, Harris thanked the kin she found in her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha — one of the area ’ s oldest historically Black sororities, with noteworthy members like Maya Angelou, Coretta Scott King, and Rosa Parks. The sorority ’ mho founders were referred to as the Twenty Pearls, and today, its members are known as “ pearls. ” In their honor, Harris has worn pearls at significant moments in her life, including when she graduated from Howard University, when she was sworn into Congress, and during her victory language on November 7 .
As for the Converse, the vice-president made the casual horseshoe her look on the campaign trail. Her team put out playful messages like “ Laced up and ready to win, ” and more recently she wore the brake shoe on her polarize Vogue covering. According to Harris, the sneakers tell a history about who she is as an everyday american ; they ’ re a symbol of universality. “ We all wan na go rear to some basic stuff about who we are as a nation, ” Harris said in an interview with Complex. “ Chucks — whatever your background is, whatever linguistic process your grandmother spoke — you know, we all at some sharpen or another had our Chucks. ”
Laced up and fix to win. pic.twitter.com/scLX6nNJXo
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) September 7, 2020
With Chucks and pearls, Harris is already unite women across the U.S. on her first base day on the job .
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