BACKGROUND: What Kamala Wore was established by journalist Susan E. Kelley after Kamala Harris was announced as Joe Biden’s running mate. Kelley, the founder of What Kate Wore and other royal fashion sites, is a journalist who spent seventeen years in television, almost all of them in news. Kelley is working with Susan Courter, founder of What Meghan Wore. The site philosophy is simple: to cover the Senator’s fashion and style choices respectfully, while also developing a resource for those interested in the topic. This is not a site for political debate, and What Kamala Wore is not affiliated in any way with Ms. Harris or the Biden/Harris campaign.
WHY WHAT KAMALA WORE? Kamala Harris is a highly accomplished lawyer, dedicated public servant, political trailblazer, and now Vice President of the United States. As she said in a video posted on Twitter, “I was raised to take action.” Millions follow her public appearances. Her style choices are also scrutinized. As a district attorney, attorney general, United States senator, and Vice President, Ms. Harris has proven she understands the unspoken messages her wardrobe can send. She knows what it is like under the media microscope and recognizes fashion choices can serve to underscore spoken messages and act as a tool to amplify those messages. Coverage of the Senator’s sartorial choices does not diminish her accomplishments and agenda in any way. Fashion can build bridges, providing an additional way to connect with voters, potential donors, and the general public. Strategic clothing and accessory selections are but another tool in maximizing the Vice President’s brand.
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