Rashida Tlaib Is Determined to Change Congress

Rashida Tlaib has her new commute timed: It takes about an hour and a half to fly from Washington, D.C., to her hometown of Detroit.

The pomp and polished marble of the U.S. Capitol might seem a world away from Michigan’s 13th Congressional District, one of the poorest in the nation. Yet when Tlaib—who won her primary in August and had no Republican opponent in November, making her a lock to become the first Palestinian-American woman in Congress—explained to her two boys that she was going to start spending “three to four days a week in D.C. to change the world,” Adam, 13, erased any worries. “It’s OK, Mama, ’cause we can FaceTime,” he told her. Her younger son, Yousif, seven, was equally supportive: “He really does think I’m going to take care of Trump, like, give him a time-out. He’s like, ‘Mommy’s going to fix it,’” she says with a laugh. “I’ve always been the fixer in my family, and I think my kids see that in me as well.”

The “fixer” role dates back to the responsibilities she shouldered while growing up, when Tlaib, now 42, was like a “third parent” in a big working-class family—she was the eldest of 14 children of Palestinian immigrants. In 2008 she became the first Muslim woman elected to the Michigan legislature, serving three terms. But Tlaib says getting into politics back then, and running for Congress a decade later, wasn’t about making history. It was about making change and a sense of obligation she says is grounded in her Muslim heritage. “There’s a saying in Islam,” she says. “After you take care of your home, your family, you have a duty to take care of your community.”

That sense of duty now encompasses the 700,000 or so people of Tlaib’s House district—and in Washington she plans to fight for them to have access to quality health care, thriving schools, good jobs, and clean drinking water.

Part of a crop of new lawmakers who don’t want to wait to make themselves heard in D.C., Tlaib is used to using a bullhorn. Shortly after her primary win, while still working as the community outreach and development director at Detroit’s Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice, Tlaib got arrested during a worker protest for better wages. Economic justice initiatives, like protecting home buyers from predatory lenders, are also priorities. “I want to transform people’s lives immediately,” she says.

“I told my chief of staff, ‘please make sure that if I ever get [jaded] like that, you’ll tell me it’s time to leave.”

But that may not be easy. Congress, by intent, wasn’t built for speed. It’s an ecosystem ruled by seniority and tradition, and its veteran members don’t often cede power easily to backbenchers, as more seasoned lawmakers call them. Tlaib has already felt the brushback from a few of her future colleagues. “Some were like, ‘You don’t know, little girl, just wait.’ No one has said that,” she emphasizes, “but that’s how it feels sometimes…. I’m like, ‘I’m hoping to do this, and I’m hoping to do that,’ and they’re like, ‘Mm-hmm….’ It’s increasingly frustrating to see that my kind of passion and this energy that I’m bringing is something they’re [reacting to] like, ‘Yeah, we’ve seen this before.’ ” When she saw lawmakers that jaded, she says, “I told my chief of staff, ‘Please make sure that if I ever get like that, you’ll tell me it’s time to leave.’”

But many House members are also prepping her to hit the ground running on day one. Representatives Debbie Dingell (D–Mich.), Karen Bass (D–Calif.), and Marcia Fudge (D–Ohio) have given early advice. She’s been in touch with Rep. Barbara Lee (D–Calif.) to work with her on battling poverty. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D–Wash.), whom Tlaib has known from back when they teamed up on post-9/11 civil rights work, has given her sound counsel. And her supporters also keep her charged up. She’s committed to coming home to her district every week in the first 100 days of her term. “To get that courage, that fuel that I need,” Tlaib says, “I need to be here in the community, on the ground level, [because] this reminds me why I ran in the first place.”

She wants to bring a local, and very personal, focus to big issues. When Tlaib talks about the environment, for example, it’s as someone who requested that petroleum waste stored alongside the Detroit River be tested for toxins to protect the air quality of her constituents. When she steps into the seat once held by fellow Democrat John Conyers, who left office under a cloud of sexual misconduct allegations, it’s not just as a politician discussing the #MeToo movement but as woman who once confronted sexual harassment on the job. She sharply decries President Trump’s detention centers and travel bans not only as the daughter of immigrants but as a mom who says her own son has spoken fearfully of being a Muslim in America under this administration. (Expect her to be a vocal critic of the President: In 2016 she got hauled out of a speech he was giving in Detroit for shouting at him.)

In a year marked by a historic number of women running for office, Tlaib is constantly buoyed by the women cheering her on—the one who made her a cookie jar for her office; the one who presented her with a necklace with her name in Arabic script; the one who sent a small donation but asked Tlaib to skip the thank-you note because her husband, “you know, wouldn’t understand.”

Tlaib knows that women do understand. She’s confident the women of Congress, particularly mothers with younger children, can work together more effectively than their male peers. “Think about it: If we just put moms in a room, Republican and Democratic moms, we probably could fix the gun control issue in about two hours,” she says. “Our lens and focus wouldn’t be Republican or Democrat; it would be our kids. I’ve seen it so many times on different issues—moms do come from a different approach to issues because we have more at stake, to be honest. We just see things differently.”

Is she fired up? Yes, and she plans to stay that way. If she feels that purpose, that intensity, slipping away, she’ll know it’s time to move on. “My predecessor was there for 52 years. I can’t stay there for 52 years; I don’t think it’s emotionally healthy. But I think as long as I have this fire in my belly, as long as I have this desire to make a huge difference, as long as that’s there and it’s burning, I’ll stay,” Tlaib says. “And I’ll fight.”

Celeste Katz is Glamour’s senior politics reporter.


Hair and makeup: Robbin Kujus for Inglot; Location courtesy of The Alley Project; Mural: Lead Artist: Freddy Diaz, Assisting Artist: Dave Bequette

Nancy Pelosi’s Red Coat Was Such a Moment, It’s Coming Back to Stores in 2019

On Tuesday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer met with President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence in the White House to discuss a proposed wall on the southern border and whether Trump would, in fact, shut down the government if he doesn’t get the cash he wants for it.

The conversation, which was televised, quickly turned heated, and ultimately ended without a compromise—but with the President accepting and owning the possibility of government shutdown. The Democrats took that as a win. And as soon as images of Pelosi emerging from the West Wing started making the rounds, Twitter was abuzz at the sight of the Speaker-designate’s power look: the sunglasses, the smirk, the impossibly fabulous rust-colored coat. The memes soon followed.

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Someone started a parody account. Director Barry Jenkins wanted to know where to cop. The Boston Globe characterized it as “Big Coat Energy.” The New York Times hypothesized about why, exactly, we were all collectively obsessed with it. Once again, outerwear was the talk of Washington.

The Times was also one of the first to correctly identify the maker of the coat: Max Mara. This wasn’t fresh-off-the-runway, just-hit-stores Max Mara, though—Pelosi’s burnt-red style dates back to 2013. In order to authentically get the House Minority look, you’d have to dig deep into the resale market, scouring the eBay’s, Tradesy’s, and TheRealReal’s of the world to buy the GLAMIS coat.

Donald Trump meets with US House Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi and US Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Washington DC, USA - 11 Dec 2018

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Except, late Wednesday afternoon, the Italian fashion house sent out a press release that not only confirmed the origins of Pelosi’s coat, but also announced that Max Mara would be reinstating the GLAMIS into its outerwear collection in 2019. “In a variety of color ways,” no less! A spokesperson for the brand confirmed to Glamour that the decision to bring it back was inspired by Pelosi.

Ian Griffiths, the creative director of Max Mara, issued a statement on the Pelosi sighting, too: “You develop an emotional relationship with a coat like nothing else in your wardrobe. I can imagine why Ms. Pelosi chose to wear it for this important moment, and I’m honored.”

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Her influence!

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Designer Holiday Gift Ideas: Chanel, Gucci, Dior and More

A wise woman once said “I want all my clothes designer and I want someone else to buy ’em.” Unfortunately for most of us peasants, we aren’t pop icons like Kim Petras and cannot buy ourselves designer nor can we buy designer gifts for anyone else. Luckily even the most high-end of designers sell things that are somewhat affordable. They may not be the items that come to mind right away but they’re just as nice as anything else they sell and make great fancy gifts without the super fancy price tag.

See below for all the most affordable gifts from our favorite designers that you can get for your friend who wants someone else to buy ’em.

The Best Beauty Gifts From QVC for 2018

We’ve been there: It’s 2:00 A.M., you can’t sleep, and the only thing remotely entertaining on TV (aside from I Love Lucy reruns) is a few women trying to sell you a mini steamer on QVC. Or a do-it-all mop, the next best kitchen appliance, and a really good face cream. Before you know it, you’ve spent hours watching, transfixed by the vast knowledge and wisdom of these hosts and experts, who seem to have intel on every single thing you and your loved ones really need in life.

Well, this year, in order to take the guesswork out of your holiday shopping, we enlisted these very pros—including model turned natural beauty expert Josie Maran, dermatologist Harold Lancer, M.D., Tatcha beauty founder Vicky Tsai, and many more—to share the best of the best in QVC’s endless supply of beauty products and gift sets. Right here, right now…

Best Personal Holiday Gift Ideas: Engravings, Monograms and More

Every Holiday season there’s an immense amount of pressure to come up with a great gift idea that’s insanely special. Realistically there are only so many one-of-a-kind presents out there which is why personalization with things like engravings and monograms is key. It’s a fool-proof way to show you care and that you do actually know your friend or partner’s middle name.

Obviously there are plenty of signet rings, necklaces and bracelets ripe for engraving. But there are some unexpected items out there that are also easily personalized like a great leather notebook, pair of high top converse and fluffy sherpa slippers. There’s even a special fruit necklace you can gift to your favorite healthy person with a gold enamel charm of their favorite fruit (forget cats or dogs; strawberries or blueberries?).

There’s two weeks left until Christmas but all of these presents will make it to you on time, so order fast and read on below for the best personal gift ideas that are guaranteed to be one-of-a-kind.

Ulta’s Holiday ‘Beauty Blitz’ Sale Is Offering Different Deals Each Day

Where most major retailers stick to one massive annual sale and few great after-Christmas deals, Ulta Beauty‘s discounts know no calendar. In addition to its beloved 21 Days of Beauty Sale (which is basically a holiday in and of itself), the brand frequently offers surprise deals and discounts throughout the year. Great for our faces, bad for that piece of plastic in our wallets. Now, just off its Black Friday offerings, Ulta is ringing in the season with another massive sale called the Holiday Beauty Blitz.

From now through December 25, Ulta is giving us new deals in store and online each day. The catch? The brand is revealing what’s going on sale only five days at a time. Which, in the grand scheme of catches, really isn’t a horrible one. We’ll be documenting all the sales here as they’re revealed from week to week, so be sure to check back throughout the month. You only get 24 hours for each—otherwise, pony up.

Shop It: IT Brushes for Ulta Brush Believer Super Squad 5 Pc Brush Set + Vanity Tray, $68 $34

December 12: Not only are IT’s cruelty-free makeup brushes crazy soft, they blend like a dream. This set comes with five of its best-selling ones: foundation, powder, crease, eyeshadow, and liner, which makes it a great starter kit for someone who needs new brushes or good replacements if you haven’t washed your current ones in months.

Shop It: PÜR 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Powder Foundation SPF 15, $29.50 $14.75

December 13: It doesn’t matter whether you go for Pur’s 4-in-1 Powder Foundation or its 4-in-1 Foundation Stick—both are on sale, both are made with skin care ingredients (like lactic acid) to help treat your skin, and both give a lightweight, non-cakey finish. You can’t lose.

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Shop It: Heaven’s Hue Highlighter in Kitten, $32 $16

December 14: The holidays are time for glitter and no brand does sparkle like Stila. Its glistening, dewy Heaven’s Hue Highlighters (down from $32 to $16) and Glitter & Glow Highlighters (now $15) are all on sale for 50 percent off. Whether you prefer bronze, champagne, or iridescent pinks and purples, there’s something for everyone.

Shop It: Tarte Tartelette 2 In Bloom Clay Eyeshadow Palette, $39 $19

December 15: There are no shortages of neutral eyeshadow palettes to choose from these days, but Tarte’s are always a winner. Its Tartelette collection (three different versions are discounted as part of this sale) contains a generous mix of mattes and shimmers all in colors you’ll actually use. Our favorite? The Bloom Clay palette above. Just try to think of a time where you wouldn’t want to wear it. We’ll wait.

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Meghan Markle Is Being Mommy-Shamed and She Hasn’t Even Given Birth Yet

Meghan Markle isn’t due until spring 2019, but she’s already catching heat from mommy-shamers. Her latest “offense?” Cradling her baby bump too much in public.

Yes, you read that correctly: People on the Internet can’t seem to deal with the fact Markle has been photographed lately with her hands placed over her stomach. Commenters came out in droves on Monday (December 10) during the Duchess of Sussex’s appearance at the Fashion Awards in London. She wore a stunning, one-shoulder black gown and took several photographs with her hands touching the top and bottom of her baby bump.

“If I see one more photo of Meghan Markle cradling that bump I am going to vomit. I swear she and Beyoncé think they are the only women in the world to get pregnant. You are pregnant……WE KNOW,” wrote one person on Twitter. “She should learn from Kate on how to pose regally when pregnant. Both hands discretely under the bump. Not cradling like Demi Moore.,” chimed in another. And the hits keep coming. Check out just a few of the unfair criticisms for yourself, below:

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The fact people are policing Markle’s hand placement is ludicrous, to say the least. Not only that, but plenty of mothers actually make a habit of cradling their baby bumps while pregnant. Some science even posits that this is a good thing for unborn children.

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The Fashion Awards 2018 In Partnership With Swarovski - Show

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The Fashion Awards 2018 In Partnership With Swarovski - Show

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Of course, other people jumped to Markle’s defense and essentially told her critics to back off. “What? Why do people (mostly women) get upset about this? Nearly every pregnant woman does it. It’s not harming anyone. She’s happy to be a mom. Cradle those bumps, mamas,” one user wrote on Twitter.

“So I see Meghan Markle is getting shit for cradling her baby bump, some people saying it’s too possessive….The fuck?!? That’s what all pregnant women do!!! Cradle that bump Meggie, cradle it,” tweeted someone else.

Whether the science behind this cradle-bumping has legs or not, I’m pretty sure Meghan Markle knows what’s best for her body and baby. Let her (and her hands) live.

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Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Attended Their Friend’s Wedding—and Of Course They Looked Spectacular

Two weeks ago, Priyanka Chopra married Nick Jonas in a gorgeous, multi-day celebration in India, forever preserved on the cover of People. But the newlyweds are already back on the social circuit, RSVP’ing yes to the nuptials of heiress Isha Ambani, a longtime friend of Chopra’s—and one of her bridesmaids. (This is the same event where Beyoncé performed at a pre-wedding party, so you know it’s big.)

According to Vogue, Chopra and Jonas touched down in Mumbai earlier this week. And for her first wedding since her own, the actress chose a stunning, couture-grade coral look.

Check out Mr. and Mrs. Jonas’ wedding-guest outfits.

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas attend the lavish wedding of Isha Ambani in Mumbai

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Chopra’s lehenga were created by bridal brand JADE, designed by Monica Shah and Karishma Swali. The separates were beautifully embellished to match her Anmol jewelry. For her own wedding, Chopra turned to local Indian labels, like Khosla Jani by Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla, for the various ceremonies celebrated over the weekend. (She walked down the aisle wearing custom Ralph Lauren.)

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Stylist Ami Patel shared a glimpse of Chopra twirling around in her outfit for Ambani’s nuptials on Instagram.

Then, Chopra herself posted a photo of her and her date.

That “marital bliss” glow.

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Ellen DeGeneres Might End Her Talk Show Sooner Than You Think

We don’t want to alarm you, but Ellen DeGeneres has considered ending her longtime, beloved daytime talk show. This idea isn’t just something that popped into her head once when she was having a bad day, either; it’s a decision she still thinks about often.

In a recent New York Times profile, the comedian shared that she had the option of extending her contract not too long ago. Before signing it, she wavered for a bit and “had been close to declining.” Instead, she decided to keep the show going until summer of 2020—but after that, who knows?

According the piece, “On the question of leaving, she changes her mind all the time. Her brother has been an advocate for staying on, making the case that in the age of Trump, the country needs her positive, unifying voice on television every day.” Ellen’s wife, Portia de Rossi, however, has a different take. “I just think she’s such a brilliant actress and standup that it doesn’t have to be this talk show for her creativity,” de Rossi says in the piece. “There are other things she could tackle.”

As much as I’d love to keep The Ellen DeGeneres Show on the air, De Rossi has a point. Ellen announced earlier this month that Netflix will release her stand-up special Relatable on December 18, her first special in 15 years.

But taking on new projects doesn’t mean the show has to end. It’s been running for 15 years, amassing 50 Daytime Emmy nominations and 39 wins. What would the world be like without Ellen’s pranks and dances? Who else would brighten our day by giving their audience members $1 million just because? Let’s hope we don’t have to think about that anytime soon and revisit this conversation after 2020.

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Christine Blasey Ford Supports Assault Survivor Rachael Denhollander In Her First Public Statement Since Kavanaugh Hearing

After coming forward to testify against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in September, Christine Blasey Ford has kept a relatively low profile. However, on Wednesday, she returned to public view to honor lawyer and former gymnast Rachael Denhollander and introduce her as Sports Illustrated’s Inspiration of the Year.

Denhollander was the first woman to accuse former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar of sexual misconduct, and it was her lawsuit that prompted hundreds of other gymnasts to speak out. Nassar was sentenced to decades in prison after Judge Rosemarie Aquilina heard the testimonies of hundreds of victims who had survived his abuse.

In a short video, Ford acknowledges how Denhollander’s courageous first step toward justice encouraged many women to follow suit.

“I am honored to speak to you from afar about a woman I admire so much, a woman who suffered abuse as a vulnerable teenage athlete, who found the courage to talk publicly to stop the abuse of others,” she said. “Her courage inspired other survivors to end their silence and we all know the result.”

Ford became a symbol for many assault victims herself when she alleged that Kavanaugh had attacked her at a party when they were both in high school. She gave powerful testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee in a hearing that rocked the country and ignited a nationwide conversation about sexual misconduct.

Despite her accusation, Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court on Oct. 6. Ford has said little since then, revealing only that she and her family have received multiple death threats in the time that followed. Still, it seems the chance to recognize Denholldander moved her to tiptoe back into the national spotlight.

“Rachael Denhollander, I am in awe of you and I will always be in inspired by you. In stepping forward, you took a huge risk and you galvanized future generations to come forward, even when the odds are seemingly stacked against them,” Ford said. “The lasting lesson is we all have the power to create change and we cannot ourselves to be defined by the acts of others.”