The first Black woman to be selected as the vice presidential nominee of a major party is now the first vice presidential candidate to be selected as the cover of a major American fashion magazine.
Kamala Harris is the cover of the November issue of Elle, the magazine announced Tuesday — just four weeks before the November 3 elections, and a day before the much-anticipated vice-presidential debate in Salt Lake City, Utah.
For Elle’s “Women in Politics” issue, the history-maker senator for California spoke with celebrated author Ashley C. Ford about the power of optimism, her fight for freedom, and her long-life passion for unity and equality.
In the wide-range interview, the daughter of two civil rights activists told Ford that her commitment to fighting for equality, freedom and fairness started early.
Harris remembers the first civil rights march she attended, as a young girl in Oakland, Calif., when she fell from the stroller and became separated from the adults.
When they finally found her she was understandably upset. “My mother tells the story about how I’m fussing,” Harris told the magazine, “and she’s like, ‘Baby, what do you want? What do you need?’ And I just looked at her and I said, ‘Fweedom.’”
After she completed two terms as the District Attorney of San Francisco in 2011, Harris was elected as the first African-American and first woman to serve as California’s Attorney General.
Years later, when she was sworn in as a United States Senator she became the second Black woman and the first South Asian-American senator in history.
Her history-defying trend continued this summer, with her nomination for vice president for the Democratic party — the first Black and Indian American woman to do so.
“Optimism is the fuel driving every fight I’ve been in,” she told Ford.
“The motivation comes from believing in what can be unburdened by what has been. John Lewis, the dearly departed, like many others shed blood on that bridge. Because he really believed in what could be. It will often feel like [we are only] against something, but the motivation that carries us through, with any longevity, is knowing what we’re fighting for," she said.
The full story is already posted on elle.com. The issue hits newsstands on Nov. 3.
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