• Monique Bonds

Pearls & Converse: Did Kamala Set a New Trend?

On Inauguration Day, Vice President Kamala Harris popped out as she left her mark as the first female Vice President of the United States of America. She struts a purple dress and jacket designed by two Black designers so effortlessly as she accepts her crown as Madam Vice President.

Quite frankly, this was a step up from Madam Vice President's usual Chuck Taylor Converse and Pant Suits.

Being the First Female Vice President was a huge accomplishment for Harris. But being the first Black female Vice President was even better. Vice President Harris isn't new to politics and has always received an endless amount of support from a diverse community.

As the 2021 Inauguration took place, history was being made worldwide in more ways than one.

Those who watched the Inauguration at home joined Harris in solidarity by wearing their Chuck Taylor Converse and pearls. With the hashtag #chucksandpearls every social media platform was flooded with men and women flaunting their pearls and converse to support Vice President Kamala Harris.

Everyone was rooting for Kamala! Feminist, Harris's sorority sisters of Alpha Kappa Alpha's Sorority Inc., Black women, HBCU students, the LGBTQ+ community, and so many more.

With Kamala being a part of one of the Divine Nine's Black Letter Greek Organization's (BLGO) members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. decided to show their support by wearing their pink, green, and pearls. For others, pearls are something they've seen Kamala often wear in Congress and wanted to replicate the elegant look.

Pearls are believed to attract wealth, good luck, and protection.

As for the Chucks -- Harris says she wears them because they're comfortable! She would often wear Chuck Taylor Converse when she campaigned for President and again when she became Biden's vice presidential nominee.

The impact this Inauguration had on social media was a well-needed reset for the African American Community. After years of police brutality, inaccurate representation, white supremacy, and so much more, seeing the community join as one to uplift the first female Vice President was a sight to see.

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