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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s lipstick proves she’s already got influence

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They asked, she answered.
By Jenni Avins
Published Last updated This article is more than 2 years old.

On Tuesday (June 26), a 28-year-old community organizer from the Bronx named Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won the House Democratic Primary in New York, unseating the longtime incumbent, Joseph Crowley, in an upset that appeared to stun even Ocasio-Cortez herself.

The New York Times was taken to task for failing to cover the candidate in her run-up to the primary—a mistake the paper has since acknowledged and corrected with a triple-bylined profile (paywall). But as Vox pointed out, women have been paying attention to Ocasio-Cortez, and likely helped her to victory.

For just a little proof of Ocasio-Cortez’s rapport with female fans and voters, look no further than Twitter, where she responded to queries about the red lipstick she wore during a June 15 debate.

“I GOT YOU,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote. “It’s Stila ‘Stay All Day’ Liquid in Beso.” If that alone didn’t demonstrate solidarity with the sisterhood, she added a 💄 for good measure.

The product—Stila’s $22 tube of long-wearing matte liquid lipstick, in a classic bright red—is now sold out on both Stila and Sephora’s websites. On Tuesday, Ocasio-Cortez’s own coat of it appeared to survive a slice of victory cake.

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