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Queer Eye’s Fab Five Visited AOC And The Internet Exploded With Rainbow Joy

Things are happening in politics that we could have never predicted this week. The Mormon church allowing gay parents to baptize their children and the crossover we never knew we needed: Netflix’s Queer Eye‘s Fab Five visiting Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at the Capitol to discuss The Equality Act.

Specifically, the Equality Act would serve to amend existing civil rights law—making it impossible for federal government gender discrimination policies like the transgender military ban. It would also prohibit gender and sexual orientation discrimination in public and federally funded programs. It’s a big win for everyone.

Progressive freshman Congresswoman AOC is 100 percent behind this bill.

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The Boricua is here to fight for her constituents in the Bronx and that means fighting for the roughly 10 percent of humans who are LGBTQ+. The United States needs to do better, and these legal revisions are long overdue.

The group also met with Maryland Rep. Pramila Jayapal, who gave emotional testimony in favor of the act this week in Congress.

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During the hearing, Jayapal shared that just last year, her 22-year-old child came out to her as gender-non-conforming. She tearfully explained the miracle that has happened since: “The only thought I wake up with every day is, ‘My child is free. My child is free to be who they are.’ And in that freedom comes a responsibility for us as legislators to protect that freedom to be who they are and to legislate…our behavior towards all people in our society.”

Jayapal and fashion expert Tan France created a meaningful connection.

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Caption: “Beautiful convo w/@TanFrance on how our representation (on TV & in Congress) opens possibilities & hope for others. He’s the 1st gay Pakistani Muslim on TV & I’m the 1st South Asian Am woman in the House–the newest South Asian dynamic duo!

Such an honor to meet you today!”

Overall, the Internet has since exploded.

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The Fab Five was sadly missing their fifth counterpart, Jamaican-Cuban “culture expert” Karamo Brown in D.C., but it didn’t top the Internet from breaking. Yes, Bobby, we’re screaming. 😱

If you listen to Jonathan Van Ness (JVN)’s podcast Getting Curious, you were at the ready to hear the strangely uplifting political rage.

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JVN can go through all five stages of grief over a political catastrophe in the gay community in under 30 seconds and then be ready to rally us all to do better. He did not disappoint.

We got to see AOC and JVN hold hands like royalty in pink.

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Caption: “On Capitol Hill we wear pink

TY @jvn, @bobbyberk, @tanfrance & @antoni for visiting + helping us push for the #EqualityAct, & be there to watch Congress pass the Violence Against Women Act & War Powers Resolution to end U.S. involvement in Yemen.”

Onlookers were clearly stanning two worthy queens. 💞

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Tears were spotted. Life goals vaporized. People lost the will to live. Does it get better? We can’t answer that for you, mija.

All of us:

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Things are starting to look a little less bleak up in the federal government. Thank you pink pantsuits.  🙏🏼

Their meeting inspired fan art within hours of their debut catwalk.

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Caption: “We have the most diverse American congress ever, I’m lifted up in seeing that a United States that values Equality & protection for all is currently fighting for that. We’re making it rain pantsuits & equality in 2020.”

Rumors immediately hit Twitter about AOC wanting Bobby Berk to redesign her office space.

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So what did precious soul Bobby do? He tweeted at @AOC, “Hey, AOC! I’m in DC all week girl! Put me to work! Have time … will work for democracy!”

Our girl AOC invited National Treasure Bobby Berk to redesign her office space.

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🌈 🌈 🌈

And just like that, rainbow river were wept all across America. We’re all over here waiting for the content we deserve.

So now we’re all waiting for Twitter to capture Bobby doing what Bobby does best.

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Queer Eye fans have questions. How many people are on his crew? How much of the manual labor does Bobby do himself? How will he incorporate post it culture into his design space?

I mean, Twitter will crowdsource all the content from the Fab Five and AOC as it can muster.

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Truly, it is shameless, but we are forever grateful. Keep your eyes peeled in the next few days.

Even Speaker Pelosi is asking for an AOC focused Queer Eye episode.

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Caption: “.@QueerEye: feel free to let us know when you want @RepAOC & me to fill in next. #Fab5”

And fans of both political and pop culture icons are stanning:

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You were not alone in spending 20 minutes of your work time hunting your Twitter feed for more AOC-QE content. It was a national phenomenon, hunny.

Did I know I needed to see JVN whisper political ideas in AOC’s ear today?

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Nope. Thanks for delivering anyway.

AOC was all of us with the Queer Eye Fab 5 making her life that much more complete.

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Politicians want selfies with gay icons, too! We’re still screaming.

AOC is championing for LGBTQ+ rights and the moments that she spent with the Fab 5 are magical.

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My gay heart has never felt so much mush for my Twitter feed. HBU?

Needless to say, we hope that some kind of content baby is born out of this visit.

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First stop: get the Equality Act passed. It’s really the only content that we care about right now.

Light a candle tonight so we can all collectively pray AOC into Season 4 of Queer Eye.

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And also, if you’re already feeling like “life isn’t worth living”, then please proceed to Netflix and watch One Day at a Time. Then get right back on Twitter because we’re all living to #SaveODATT and it’s Latinx LGBTQ centered storylines. 🙏🏽

And of course there was an A+ parody.

🤣 😂 🤣 😂

READ: Karamo Brown Slayed Season 3 Of “Queer Eye” And Deserves A Promotion

Elevate Your Fashion With These Latino Fashion Designers

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Elevate Your Fashion With These Latino Fashion Designers

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Spring is upon us and so is a brand new fashion season. If you’re looking to update your inspo feed or just searching for some new Latino creatives to support, we’ve got you. From the famous to the newly blossoming, don’t think Latinos aren’t creating masterpieces that reflect and contribute to our culture.

Oscar de la Renta

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There isn’t a soul on this planet that hasn’t revered Oscar de la Renta’s designs. The Dominican’s work has been modeled by Kerry Washington, Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lopez.

Isabella Springmühl Tejada

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Guatemalan Tejada is inspiring us all with her “Down to Xjabelle” fashion line. Tejada has Down syndrome and was at first rejected from design school for this reason. After persisting, her work has since been featured at London Fashion Week.

Alexa Rodulfo

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Lazaro Hernandez was born in Miami to Cuban parents. After he graduated from Parson’s School of Design, his entire senior thesis was bought by Barneys New York.

Angel Sanchez

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Venezolano Sanchez has given us both casual wear and bridal wear. His foundation for design is based on his previous career as an architect.

Carolina Herrera

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Herrera is the biggest name in Venezuela, and likely all of Latin America. Her style was first celebrated back when she was in the public eye as Emilio Pucci’s publicist. Her clothing is the definition of elegance.

Giannina Azar

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Azar is a Dominican-Lebanese breakout designer who already has the likes of Jennifer Lopez and Thalia on her client list. Think sequins and leggy J-Lo ready costumes.

Carlota Alfaro

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Puerto Rican designer Alfaro has been in the fashion industry since the 1950s, so you may recognize her name in department stores. Here you can see her adjusting the dress used for Bellas Artes de San Juan’s Beauty & the Beast performance.

Gabriela Hearst

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Uruguayan Hearst is giving us all the chic accessories we need. Peep this Cashmere Gauze Ravenna Dress and Reeves Velvet Sandal featured in Harpers Bazaar.

Eby

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Sofia Vergara and Renata Black came together to give us all this high quality, highly inclusive seamless underwear brand. Plus, paying $16 a month for fresh underwear delivered to your door also feels pretty accessible.

Lazaro Perez

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Cuban New Yorker Lazaro has given us all our favorite dresses we’ve shipped on Say Yes to the Dress. His bridal collection is masterful and elegant.

Macario Jimenez

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Guadalajara born Jimenez is known for his fairytale motif in all his work. His wedding line makes every bride feel like an untouchable Queen.

Selva Negra

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Given to us by Kristen Gonzalez and Sam Romero, Selva Negra prides itself in bringing Latino vibrancy mainstream without compromising production ethics.

Maria Cornejo

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Chile based designer Cornejo is all about women owned businesses. That’s why she emphasizes her brand as “designed by women for women.” We hope that means comfort.

Haider Ackermann

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Colombia-born Ackermann is best known for his textured designs rich in deep, vibrant colors. Award-winning Ackermann is in high demand, with the likes of Chanel and Dior fighting to attain his creative expertise.

Narcisco Rodriguez

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Cuban-American Rodriguez worked for Calvin Klein before making his own name for himself. Rodriguez gifts us both garments and fragrance.

Patricia Bonaldi

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Brazilian born Bonaldi is a brand that was created from high demand. As people started asking for custom made gowns, she launched the PatBO brand. Bonaldi is also charitable. She’s opened the Patricia Bonaldi School of Embroidery to help support other families.

Silvia Tcherassi

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Tcherassi was born and raised in Colombia. After building her empire in fashion, Tcherassi has gone on to open a hotel and spa in Cartagena.

Willfredo Gerardo

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This Cuban-Mexican designer has given us many red carpet looks at Latin Billboard shows. He’s even been featured in Miami Swim Week on several occasions.

Rebecca Stirm

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Belize-born Stirm has found success in fashion before but felt she had a responsibility to the environment. She closed her old company and created TWIG & PEARL, which uses at least 75 percent natural materials in each of its artisan-crafted products.

Nancy Gonzalez

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You’ve likely seen Colombian Gonzalez’s luxury handbags at Saks Fifth. No matter how big her brand gets, however, she keeps the production rooted in her home community. All bags are created in her native city.

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