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You Can Arrest Rep. Joyce Beatty, But You Can’t Stop Her

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Voting rights in America under attack. Just this year, states across the country have passed dozens of restrictive voting laws, while Republicans continue to block comprehensive voting reform legislation in the U.S. Senate. The U.S. Supreme Court also recently gutted what remained of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965—a law that the late Congressman John Lewis helped get passed—leaving even fewer protections in place.

To send a message about what’s at stake, Congresswoman and Chair of the Black Congressional Caucus Joyce Beatty joined a group of voting rights activists inside the Hart Senate Office Building on Thursday to peacefully protest—and was promptly arrested. The same day she tweeted: “You can arrest me. You can’t stop me. You can’t silence me.” Below, in her own words, Beatty tells ELLE.com why she felt called to march that day and why she isn’t stopping now.

When I got up on Thursday morning, I wanted to feel empowered. I was very conscious in choosing my dress code. My shirt, which read “Protect Our Voting Rights,” was obvious. I wore a red, white, and blue beaded bracelet that was made in Africa. I draped myself in the red, white, and blue of democracy. It was important for me to make a statement about who I am—a strong Black woman who wanted to stand tall for other young girls.

That day, I joined an intergenerational group of Black female leaders and allies to stand up to protect our voting rights. The Voting Rights Act was passed 56 years ago, and yet we are still revisiting how to protect our rights today. We’ve witnessed Senate Republicans refusing to engage in meaningful dialogue in drafting federal legislation to ensure all Americans have equal access to vote. We’ve just been visited by members of the Texas delegation, who came to D.C. in order to block voter restrictions in their state. So when the clarion call came to stand up, to say something, to do something, to get the attention of the nation, I said absolutely. I really thought this could be a moment in history, and I wanted to be a part of it.

As Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act is our number one issue. And as a Black woman, it was important for me to do more than just say this is our issue. Think about the power of one. One person can make a difference. Rosa Parks did it. Martin Luther King Jr. did it. Fannie Lou Hamer did. Harriet Tubman did it. So why not Joyce Beatty?

Voting rights activists stage a protest at the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington, DC.

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On the day of the protest, we met at the United Methodist Church with a common message: This is our time to follow in the footsteps of John Lewis. That is how we determined most of the words we used: “When you see something that is not right, say something.” “Get in good trouble.” “No turning back.” We took it to the sidewalk and the streets to march, to sing, to hopefully let the American people know: We know what we have to lose, and we know what we have to fight for.

So we decided we would go to the U.S. Senate. There we were, in the Hart Building, and we were singing and expressing our desire to stop voter suppression. We were advised we could not do that in that space, and at that point, we were fighting for justice. I don’t know that I heard all three of the warnings. I did hear the first, but we were determined that it was worth us peacefully protesting. It was worth us accepting whatever consequences. I was there for John Lewis, at any cost, and that meant even being arrested.

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At the Jan. 6 insurrection, you had thousands of people damaging federal property, rushing and breaking down doors. People were dying. There was nothing peaceful about it. And look what happened. That day there were no arrests, no handcuffs, no paddy wagons. But this is just another reason why we have to speak up. This was all the more reason for me to fight for justice, including being arrested, if necessary.

Our history has taught us that when people speak out, it makes a difference. On Saturday night, I was at the Black Lives Matter Plaza with many of the eight women who got arrested with me. People were on the Plaza with signs, some that were five-feet, that lit up, signs that men and women, Black, brown, and white, carried that said, “Pass H.R. 4,” the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, and “Pass H.R. 1,” the For the People Act. If this becomes contagious and people stand up, then we’ll no longer have to fight for our very right to vote.

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Rep. Beatty at the Good Trouble Candlelight Vigil for Democracy at Black Lives Matter Plaza on Juy 17 to mark the one year since the passing of Rep. John Lewis.

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Right now, we have so much to lose. We’re going back to the days of needing to guess how many jelly beans are in a jar in order to vote. Some people can’t even give someone a bottle of water while they’re waiting in line to vote. In Ohio, if you’ve ever served time for a felony, they’re trying to take away your right to vote. Think of the worst cases of voter suppression. Think of people taking away early voting. Think of the unnecessary hurdles to suppress you from voting. My Republican colleagues in state houses are deliberately passing legislation that will set us back 56 years.

Just a few weeks ago, my granddaughter told some classmates, “My grandmother is a big deal.” This is about her future. It’s about my grandson, as a young Black man, being able to move forward and leave a legacy and say, “My grandmother fought for justice, and now look at me.” It’s about the present and the future. It’s about making a statement. And we’ll be in the battle for as long as we’re needed.

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How Misha Nonoo Made Meghan Markle’s Favorite Button Down

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For her first public appearance with Prince Harry in 2017, Meghan Markle famously manifested her future by wearing an oversize white button down called the “Husband” shirt. Designed by her close friend Misha Nonoo—who, coincidentally, is rumored to have set the couple up—the shirt got the “Markle Sparkle” sheen, a highly coveted phenomenon that occurs after Markle wears a particular designer. Nonoo’s Husband shirt went on backorder almost immediately and has consistently been one of her best-selling items ever since. The iconic basic now comes in a variety of colors, fabrics, sizes, and is even part of her new maternity collection.

In ELLE’s series Clothes of Our Lives, we decode the sartorial choices made by powerful women, and explore how fashion can be used as a tool for communication. Below in her own words, Nonoo (who recently debuted a swimwear capsule collection with Vitamin A and a maternity line for her eponymous label) recalls how her life was turned upside down by a simple white shirt.


When a person of note—particularly someone that is so closely associated to myself or to the brand like Meghan is, and it’s well documented that we have a long, enduring, and very close friendship—wears your design, there’s an almost instant shift in interest and sales.

Her platform gave a great level of awareness to our brand and our mission. I think that’s just a natural phenomenon that occurs when you are fortunate enough to have a like-minded person publicize your collection, like Meghan has done with the Husband shirt. People buy the original in white, and then come back for more in different colors because they love it so much.

The shirt has taken on a life of its own at this point—becoming a very important and meaningful piece not just for me, but in other peoples’ lives.

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Meghan Markle wears the “Husband shirt” during her first public appearance with Prince Harry during the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada.

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The Husband shirt was borne from the sense that you always want to wear an item from a significant other to feel close to them. I love wearing stuff from my husband’s closet because there’s really nothing sexier than borrowing from the boys.

About five years ago, I went to the mannequin and tailored a shirt from an existing collection to be oversized in certain places. It took at least a couple of weeks to finish—from my initial idea of draping it to creating a muslin—and part of what made the project extra special was the fact that it was an amalgamation of a few different parts. The studs on the prototype shirt actually came from a piece of footwear that I designed for a collaboration a few years prior. It’s funny how sometimes the best things in life happen when you build upon something that’s already there.

As a designer, I’m always creating new things, so it can be hard to predict which pieces will gain traction and when. The fact that I loved this concept of a “borrowed” shirt so much (and that I identified with the woman who was going to wear it) should have been a dead giveaway that it would be popular. But in hindsight I had no idea.

We launched the Husband shirt in September of 2016 as part of a larger collection called The Easy Eight. All my friends and family loved the idea—and its tongue in cheek name. My president at the time and I had a bet as to what would be the most popular piece. I said something else, but he bet on the Husband shirt. He was right, of course.

From the start it was one of our most sold items, because everyone needs a good white button down. The studs make it sexy, almost like a piece of jewelry, and the oversize cuffs mean it can be worn in multiple ways. Tuck it in, or wear it with jeans. It’s very flexible.

The Husband shirt now comes in a lot of colors, patterns, and fabrics. We have organic cotton and linen. We have various stripes and solid colors. We’ve done embroidered versions. You can even send it as a gift with somebody else’s monogrammed initials on it. There’s so many ways to personalize the shirt, and it’ll continue to be there for people who have grown to love it over the years.

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Misha Nonoo with Meghan Markle at the 12th annual CFDA Fashion Fund Awards in 2015.

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I often think to myself: what would I do if I didn’t have the Husband shirt? It’s become a backbone in my own collection. I personally wear it four to five times a week, whether it’s the blue and white stripe version, or the olive green linen version. I love separates, so I pair it with trousers or a skirt. I used to love miniskirts too, but now that I’m a mother they are harder to wear, and not quite as practical.

Not only do I love wearing it, but the Husband shirt has also become a solid part of my business. We have been able to do so much with it—including working with different charitable organizations.

In 2019, Meghan and I teamed up to design a white shirt for a collaboration called The Smart Set. For every shirt sold, we donated the same shirt to a philanthropic organization based in the U.K. called Smart Works, which helps women who have been out of the workforce for a prolonged period of time. Not only does Smart Works offer guidance to women anything from coaching to interview techniques, but they also help them dress for interviews. The Duchess of Sussex was a patron of the organization in the U.K., and she created a capsule wardrobe for them. We ended up contributing several thousand shirts, and it an amazing partnership.

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Markle and Nonoo embrace at the launch for the Smart Works capsule collection in 2019.

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More recently, my team and I found a way to use the Husband Shirt to help restaurants affected by COVID-19. For every shirt sold (they cost $185), we donated $100 to a charitable organization that supported restaurants battered by the pandemic.

It’s been four years since we launched the very first iteration of the Husband shirt, and I’m still very, very proud. We’ve been able to dress women from all walks of life and from all around the world. The shirt practically has its own personality at this point.

There’s something really gratifying about creating a traditional piece of clothing, a classic piece of clothing, that people can wear in a very modern way—because it means it has longevity. And that’s pretty amazing.

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These Are the Best Purses on Amazon to Shop Before They’re Sold Out

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We’re back with another I-can’t-believe-I-got-this-on-Amazon roundup, and trust us, you won’t be disappointed. You already know the spiel. Where do you go for trendy and affordable pieces? Shoes and dresses for your next summer wedding? Or Oscar de la Renta’s latest collaboration with Cle de Peau? That’s right. Amazon. This time, we’ve rounded up a bunch of cute bags you can find on the site, including some luxe designer options, too. From crossbody bags to chic top-handles, there are a ton of styles to freshen up your wardrobe. Shop 13 of the best-reviewed purses we found on Amazon, ahead.

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This Little Black Bag

Jerilini Top Handle Bag

A must-have in everyone’s wardrobes is a little black bag. This one from Aldo is both stylish and has great ratings.

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This famous baguette

Vegan Leather Crocodile Purse

JW Pei is taking the internet by storm with its affordable and stylish bags. And according to the reviews you can trust the hype: it has a solid five-star rating and over 780 reviews. 

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This Mini Crossbody Bag

Kuei Mini Crossbody Belt Bag

Brandon Blackwood

$385.00

We love a simple crossbody bag. Brandon Blackwood’s Kuei style is so sleek with its zipper and silver hardware. 

4

This Trendy Straw Purse

Tort Bag, Natural, Tan, One Size

The beach is calling, and this bag is answering. Straw bags are staple pieces that are totally worth the investment. Match this style with some black sandals and a white dress, and you’ve got the summer 2021 look down pat. 

5

This Vegan purse

Gabbi Bag Chic Pouch

Back with another JW Pei bag that stole our hearts this season. Celebs like EmRata and Gigi Hadid could not get enough of this style. Plus, this piece is made with vegan leather so you can feel good about your purchase.

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This medium-sized Bag

Mademoiselle Bag

It’s the olive color for me. This miniature bag is just what you need for those quick runs into town when you only need a handful of items, but still want to look stylish.

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this coin purse

Shweshwe Small Zipper Coin Pouch

Though it doesn’t have any straps, it still counts as a purse! Tuck any coins or loose items into this printed bag to keep everything safe.  

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this top-rated zip purse

Fern Toffee One Size

HOBO’s Fern bag is one of its most popular styles, thanks to the double zippers and the array of colors. It has a 4.4-star rating and so many great reviews, which makes it hard to resist. 

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this logo Tote

The Large Tote Bag

I can’t leave out everyone’s favorite tote bag, could I? Use this cult-favorite purse to throw in all your essentials for a weekend getaway.

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This Olive Crossbody

Sara Crossbody

Liebeskind Berlin

$107.38

This Berlin-born brand crafts sturdy and stunning pieces you can wear every day, like this olive-hued style with multiple compartments. (I happen to have a couple of its bags myself and get so much use out of them.) 

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This Bucket Bag

Natural Camel Bucket Bag

A bag like this should take you to beautiful places, like dreamy picnics and romantic strolls into the sunset. Am I romanticizing a purchase too much? Probably.

12

This Structured Mini purse

We Are Original Shoulder Flap Bag

A light pink bag with a thick chain feels fun and flirty. When you need to add a little statement piece to your outfit, this should be the bag you reach for. 

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This neutral purse

Purses for Women Satchel Bags

While this bag looks expensive, she’s only $55.99 and just what you need on your next excursion. Just a heads up though, it does run a little smaller than pictured. 

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House of Gucci Unveils Character Posters of Its Star-Studded Cast

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Ridley Scott’s highly anticipated biopic, House of Gucci, is officially on the way. MGM Studios released the official character posters of the upcoming movie, starring Lady Gaga and Adam Driver. The film is set to hit theaters on Nov. 24, 2021.

Gaga shared the poster with her 48.4 million followers on Instagram. “Stasera,” she captioned the post–which translates to “this evening,” possibly hinting at a trailer release. House of Gucci will be Gaga’s first film since her award-winning performance in A Star Is Born.

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The film will portray the life of Maurizio Gucci (Adam Driver), the grandson of the founder of the Gucci fashion house, Guccio Gucci, and his relationship with his wife, Patrizia Reggiani (Lady Gaga). Reggiani was convicted of murdering Gucci in 1998.

Scott’s biopic is based on the book House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed by Sara G. Forden. The film boasts a star-studded cast alongside Gaga and Driver. Suicide Squad actor Jared Leto will play Paolo Gucci, with Justice League actor Jeremy Irons as Rodolfo Gucci, famed actor Al Pacino as Aldo Gucci, and Frida actress Salma Hayek as Pina Auriemma.

MGM posted official posters of the film on Instagram this morning, captioning the photos, using the same caption as Gaga. Leto’s look in particular sent fans into a frenzy, with the actor’s transformation making him almost unrecognizable.

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MGM posted Driver’s, Irons’ and Pacino’s characters as well:

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On March 6, Gaga shared her own first look at the film on Instagram. “Signore e Signora Gucci #HouseOfGucci,” the actress captioned the picture of her and Driver in full character.

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