The ascension of former bartender Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to a bonafide celebrity may be a modern-day Cinderella story to many but it’s really a testament to the reality that there are truly two Americas, one for the wealthy, politically connected elite, and another for everybody else.
Now the journey from the Flats Fix Tacos y Tequila Bar to the upper echelons of New York high society was completed when the Democrat congresswoman made her grand appearance at the glamorous spectacle of the annual Met Gala where she showed up at the $35,000 per-ticket shindig wearing a $10,000 “Tax The Rich” dress and like the other partiers, maskless, unlike the servants.
That AOC is hardly the champion of the poor and downtrodden that she is portrayed as by the media has long been obvious to most observers, but her hobnobbing with the Big Apple’s beautiful people drew much criticism from the peasants. And now Vogue magazine has released a 10-minute video of the superstar politician’s preparation for the event.
The fawning mini-documentary tells the story behind the costly gown and puts a spin on AOC’s Met Gala coming out party but isn’t likely to quiet the critics who have accused her of hypocrisy.
The haughty fashion magazine’s pre-gala documentary starts off with Ocasio-Cortez and the film crew dropping by a Brooklyn bodega for morning coffee before taking a leisurely stroll through the neighborhood that she grew up in, sending the message that despite her stardom, she has stuck to her roots.
Telling the story that her mom cleaned houses and her dad had a small business, AOC talked about how awed she was by the Met Gala back in the days before her political career took off.
“The Met itself has always been such a huge symbolic institution for New Yorkers and growing up in a neighborhood, coming back to it after graduating school, working as a waitress,” she recounted. “I remember, especially there was this one year when I was walking to work and the gala was happening.”
“I was one of those folks on the fence outside and I’ve always really felt, you know, man, the Met is an institution that belongs to the people, “she added. “What are we doing if we’re not constantly growing that table and bringing more people into that conversation?”
“This year’s gala is the opportunity to have conversations about the communities we’re from, geography, class, race, present events, climate change, and in politics there’s this classic adage that is ‘the medium is the message,'” Ocasio-Cortez added. “I’m excited to use this opportunity to also send a message.”
After dispensing with the formalities with the political rhetoric to please her loyal followers, the video moves on to prepping the princess for the ball and the now famous “Tax The Rich” gown with the congresswoman virtue-signaling during the fitting with fashion designer Aurora James.
Ocasio-Cortez plugged James’ non-profit 15 Percent Pledge which, according to its website, “encourages retailers to pledge at least 15 percent of their shelf-space to Black-owned businesses.”
“There’s no way I would be doing this if I wasn’t working with a designer like you,” she said, “Your work with the 15 Percent Pledge and getting Black-owned businesses shelf space, it’s either that or nothing.”
With the big day now, the video shifts to Ocasio-Cortez getting made up with a “low chignon” with a “lot of high shine” and “deep side part” that will “break out her facial features” as she chatted about getting “every single hand involved” in the process.
After chattering on with all of her usual talking points during the makeup session, AOC previews the dress to her delighted glam squad, emerging into the larger suite to much approval as the final nips and tucks are made to her apparel.
Vogue’s video wraps up with the grand arrival at the Met Gala where Ocasio-Cortez and boyfriend Riley Roberts are greeted by New York’s upper crust at the star-studded bash, a splendid piece of propaganda that will thrill the true believers but do little to quiet skeptics.
The irony is off the charts that Ocasio-Cortez would be so warmly received by the very people she has consistently railed against and called for dramatic increases in their taxes, and doing so while wearing her costly “Tax The Rich” dress.
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