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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez asks the rich for more taxes with her dress and anticipates criticism

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez making her message clear (Photo: Jamie McCarthy via . for The Met Museum /)

No one was counting on her on the red carpet at the Met Gala, but Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez appeared at the fashion event of the year ready to launch a vindictive message.

The congresswoman, who represents the spectrum closest to the left of the Democratic Party, attended the party in a white dress from Brother Vellies, a brand founded in New York by Canadian Aurora James. On the back, the garment was painted in red “Tax the rich”, that is, taxes on the rich. The message was not only painted on the dress, but also on the matching bag.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's bag (Photo: Jamie McCarthy via Getty Images for The Met Museum /)Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's bag (Photo: Jamie McCarthy via Getty Images for The Met Museum /)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s bag (Photo: Jamie McCarthy via . for The Met Museum /)

Ocasio-Cortez has called on many occasions for a tax reform to be carried out so that large fortunes pay more taxes than low-income people, something for which she has been fervently attacked not only by the most conservative sectors, but also by some Democrats .

Politics generates love and hate in equal measure, and his presence at the Met has been no exception. The ticket for each guest is around $ 35,000, a cost that is usually paid by brands, who then invite the people who, according to them, best represent the firm.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Aurora James (Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris via Getty Images for The Met Museum /)Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Aurora James (Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris via Getty Images for The Met Museum /)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Aurora James (Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris via . for The Met Museum /)

In the case of Ocasio-Cortez, it does not seem that neither she nor her designer have paid such an amount, as Vanessa Friedman, head of fashion at The New York Times, explains, although the expert points out that “someone” has had to pay for her. The journalist has synthesized the criticism that the congresswoman has received for attending an event in which such huge amounts of money are spent. Those who support her say that it has value that, precisely on a date that billionaires go to, politics reminds them with their dress that they must pay their fair share.

Knowing the criticism, the congresswoman from the Bronx has shared on her Instagram several images with a caption in which she defends herself. “Before anyone starts to freak out, democratically elected officials in New York are regularly invited to attend the Met because of our responsibilities to oversee the cultural institutions that serve our city’s public. I was one of several who attended, ”wrote Ocasio-Cortez.

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In its publication, the policy also shows the “pride” of working with Aurora James, a black designer who advocates for sustainability in her work and who began her career at a flea market in Brooklyn. James, who was on the cover of Vogue in September 2020, uses techniques that go back to the tradition of some African countries in search of a handmade model.

It is not the first time that Ocasio-Cortez has been attacked for issues related to fashion. In a television appearance, the Democrat was criticized for wearing a sequined dress, to which she replied that they fit the fight for universal healing. They have also questioned her for wearing signature clothes, but she has explained that she does not buy them, but uses clothing rental platforms.

This article originally appeared on The HuffPost and has been updated.

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