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Met Gala: Teen Vogue Editor Versha Sharma’s Clutch Makes A Sharp Political Statement

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Versha Sharma Met Gala look: The annual fashion event of the year, New York City’s Met Gala, saw a plethora of interesting fashion choices on the red carpet, many of them making strong political statements. Met has almost never been about straightforward glamour. Graphic subversion is the vogue. Who better to embody the element than the folks over at Vogue?

Donning a pink and yellow off-shoulder dress, Teen Vogue editor Versha Sharma walked the Met carpet for the first time Monday, clutching an accessory that was more than an accessory. A purse whose message was as hot and bright as its message: Give women agency over their bodies. 

Protect Roe; kill the filibuster,” the words embossed in golden on Sharma’s clutch read.

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Sharma joined the magazine as editor-in-chief this year May, having previously worked with NowThis. Her appointment came following the stepdown of Alexi McCammond from the post after her old tweets accused of racism surfaced, prompting outrage. Welcoming Sharma to the team, Vogue‘s Anna Wintour said she was a “natural leader” up to date with a “deep understanding of local trends and issues.”

Beyond Fashion, A Strong Message: Versha Sharma Met Gala Clutch

The United States’ Supreme Court stayed mum when recently, the red state of Texas passed a law issuing a near-total ban on abortions. The law permits abortions only upto six weeks of pregnancy and makes no exceptions for pregnancies resulting from rape or sexual assault. Largely being recognised as one of the strictest and most regressive bans on women’s choices and rights, the Texas law is set to overturn the top court’s landmark Roe v. Wade ruling from 1973.

The order was notably a starting point of real conversation in the US on women’s agency, holding that the constitution protects their right to choose abortion without state interference.

Joining in the chorus of women agitating over the abortion law, Sharma, taking to “one of the biggest stages [she’ll] ever be on,” carried her statement piece along. “In a small nod to the work that needs to be done, I’m wearing this message on the Met red carpet tonight,” she wrote in a piece for Teen Vogue. 

‘Protect Roe’ refers to Jane Roe, the pseudonym under Norma McCorvey, the woman at the centre of the 1973 ruling, was known in the case. ‘Kill the filibuster’ is a call for ending a political procedure in the US Senate by whose power a minority is allowed to block the majority vote on a legislation.

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