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Make Democracy Hot Again; A Round-Up of the Hottest VOTE Merch On the Internet

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I don’t know if you heard, but voting is in. In a generation when activism is practically a rite of passage, what could be cooler than leaving your mark on the world? Because that’s what voting fundamentally is: making your voice heard. In 2016, the election’s margins were so thin that the outcome was virtually decided by less than 80,000 people in three states. That means one thing: Every. Vote. Matters.

And while you may not be able to control what other people do, you can 100% encourage others to take themselves to the polls by publicly repping your love of voting.

If you’re passionate about democracy, what better way to show the world your love than through your clothes and accessories? You wouldn’t be the only one! Celebrities and change-makers are increasingly sporting vote-merch to get the word out there: voting looks good.

Take a look at our roundup of the hottest vote merch below!

Selena Gomez x Dover Street Market – When We All Vote Hoodie, $65

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Selena Gomez and Dover Street Market teamed up to collaborate on a “When We All Vote” collection that includes the retro-looking graphic hoodie above. According to Dover Street market, 100% of the profits will be donated back to the non-profit organization, When We All Vote. Buy the hoodie here.

Michelle Obama’s Vote Necklace – Bychiari, $295

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Michelle Obama cemented her status as a style icon by wearing a beautiful gold necklace with the words ‘vote’ hanging from its double chains to the 2020 Democratic National Convention. Outlets were quick to find the source of the necklace, which is sold by jewelry company Bychiari for $295. Buy the necklace here.

Dr. Jill Biden’s ‘Votes’ Boots – Stuart Weitzman, $695

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Fashion-lovers got whipped up into a frenzy when they spotted photos of Dr. Jill Biden wearing these badass ‘Vote’ boots to the Delaware state primary. Some viewers speculated they were custom-made, but shoe retailer Stuart Weitzmen confirmed that the over-the-knee boots were part of a limited edition series called 5050 VOTE. Buy the boots here.

Diane Keaton’s ‘Vote Bitches’ Hat, $34

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Diane Keaton made waves on the internet when she was spotted sporting the hilarious (and very on-brand) ‘Vote Bitches’ baseball cap in September. Find a virtual identical version of the edgy hat on Etsy here.

‘Fierce Voter’ Tank, $24.99

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Wear your Latina pride to the polls by buying FIERCE by Mitú’s ‘Fierce Voter’ tank top. This loose-fitting tank is made of 100% Airlume-combed and ring-spun cotton and is perfect for the heat of early Fall. Buy here.

Joan Smalls’s Vote Tank – Etsy, $25

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The Puerto Rican supermodel posted a gorgeous selfie of herself to Instagram in a bold black tank with white block letters encouraging everyone to #VotoLatino. Look like Joan Smalls and buy a similar tank here on Etsy.

Schuyler Sisters ‘Vote’ Sticker – Etsy, $3.25

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If you’re looking for alternatives to tanks and t-shirts, look no further than this adorable ‘Vote’ sticker that features the Schuyler Sisters from Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s Broadway masterpiece, “Hamilton”. Buy the eye-catching sticker here.

Hailey Bieber’s ‘Vote’ Mask – Maskc, $18 for pack of 10

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Be like the Brazilian-American supermodel and be safe while repping your love of Democracy. Fans across the internet were scrambling to get their hands on these trendy disposable masks after Hailey Bieber posted a gorgeous selfie of herself wearing the mask to Instagram. Buy the mask here.

‘Latinas Who Vote’ Mug, $14.99 – $17.99

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What better way to show off your love of voting than with your daily morning cup of coffee? This dishwasher and microwave-safe mug is a perfect addition to any kitchen collection. Head over to the Mitú store to wear your love of voting on your mug. Buy here.

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Fans Think This Photo Of Barbie Is Proof She’s An Out And Proud Lesbian

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Fans Think This Photo Of Barbie Is Proof She’s An Out And Proud Lesbian

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The fact that the early days of Barbie were not quite so inclusive to all of us comes as no surprise. The blonde, impossibly figured doll with a penchant for similar-looking friends is a far cry away from the Barbie of today who has friends of all shapes, races, sizes, sexual identities, and abilities. Even better, today’s Barbie crew includes dolls who give queer children a broader playgound for their imagination.

Recently, Barbie has added a new addition to her friend group whose bringing more power to her LGTBQ fans.

Social media has dubbed the LGBTQ positive Aimee Song doll Barbie‘s girlfriend.

Twitter’s latest excitement is about a theory that Barbie and Aimee Song are dating. Photos of Mattel’s doll Aimee Song doll show her wearing a “Love Wins” T-shirt that supports LGBTQ+ rights. The Mattel doll was inspired by fashion blogger Aimee Song and recently caught renewed attention in a viral post shared to Twitter.

The “Love Wins” photos are only now going viral but were actually released in November 2017.

The photos of Barbie and the Aimee doll were shared to Twitter last Monday by user @kissevermore and now has Twitter debating whether the two are dating.

The pictures of Barbie and Aimee show the two dolls eating avocado toast. petting a dog, and smiling at each other. The images have fans questioning when Barbie came out and how she managed to nail a hot girlfriend before they did.

Even REAL Aimee Song weighed in on the images to confirm the relationship.

“I am the girlfriend,” she tweeted with a photo of herself and the Aimee Song doll. 

While Mattel has yet to officially identify Barbie as a lesbian, the original Instagram posts related to the Love Wins Barbies are proof that she is at least an ally.

Confirmed or not, true or not, one of the best parts of Barbie is that she is meant to be whoever her fans want her to be.

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Christina Haswood Wore Traditional Navajo Clothing Made By Her Bisabuela To Her Swearing-In Ceremony And It Was The Most Powerful Look Of 2021 So Far

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Christina Haswood Wore Traditional Navajo Clothing Made By Her Bisabuela To Her Swearing-In Ceremony And It Was The Most Powerful Look Of 2021 So Far

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Newly elected member of the Kansas House of Representatives, Christina Haswood, paid tribute to her heritage on the day of her swearing-in ceremony with the ultimate power look. Dressed in traditional Navajo attire, the 26-year-old made history on Monday when she became the  youngest member of the Kansas legislature, and only its second Native American member. 

Haswood took her oath of office wearing traditional Diné regalia which she made with the help of her mother, and partner.

Wearing moccasins, a velveteen skirt, and a red blouse embellished with silver string made a point to highlight her heritage and identity. Speaking to Vogue in an interview about her clothing, Haswood explained that she “wanted to honor my ancestors and all their sacrifices for me to be here and in this job. I wanted to honor my family, who has taught me how to be a strong, young, Diné woman while growing up in Lawrence, Kansas.” 

In addition to her dress, Haswood wore heirlooms given to her by family members which included a squash blossom necklace, a belt given to her by her uncle, and an additional belt given to her by her shimá sání (grandmother). Her great grandmother also gave her the earrings she wore. In addition, she wore a tsiiyéé (a Navajo-style hair tie) that she made with her shimá sání.

“The significance of these pieces are priceless,” Haswood explained to Vogue. “Many of the pieces I wore that day only come out on special occasions, because of how old they are. I don’t have the funds to be a collector, so many of my pieces have been passed down to my mother, who lets me borrow them.”

Haswood gave a behind-the-scenes look of her swearing-in attire on a TikTok video that has gone viral with more than 500,000 views.

In the video, Haswood readies her hair and does her makeup before eventually getting help from her mother and grandmother to get dressed.

Haswood won the Democratic primary after running unopposed for a seat in the Kansas state legislature that represents District 10.

With degrees in public health from Haskell Indian Nations University and Arizona State University, Haswood also received a master’s degree in public health management from the Kansas University Medical Center.

At the moment, she also serves as a research assistant with the National Council of Urban Indian Health and the Center for American Indian Community Health. There she studies nicotine addiction in tribal youth and researches the impact of COVID-19 on indigenous groups.

“Just two years ago I was in graduate school, and my greatest worries were about getting a job and student loans,” Haswood said in an interview with the Daily Kansan. “Today, the world has changed.”

According to Esquire, four Native candidates ran for office in Kansas. This week, each of them won their primary elections.

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