The whole nation watched with bated breath when Wendy Davis stood up for Texas women and filibustered SB 5. Two months later, while Texas begs her to run for governor, the rest of the country also still can't get enough of her.
Wendy Davis is the subject of a story in the September issue of Vogue that hits newsstands today. She may have faded from national headlines, but it's clear that she has transcended into a full-fledged icon.
Read about the article after the jump. The Vogue article is not so much geared towards people who respect or are interested in Wendy as it is for people who want to be Wendy. It depicts Wendy as both a political hero and a style icon, and also totally down-to-earth. The Washington Post commented that the article cemented her “cool mom” status. And it confirms that her shoes have become iconic like Michelle Obama's arms or Nancy Pelosi's hair – the symbols of women who change the world and still find time to, well, look like they belong in Vogue.
Of course, the article poses a classic feminist dilemma: does standing with Wendy mean any less if you partly love her because of her style? Or does it just mean there are even more reasons to love her? Hildy Kuryk, Vogue's communications director, said that “by standing up for women's beleaguered reproductive rights in Texas, [Wendy] captured the attention of women across the country who were eager to know more about her and understand her potential for greater leadership.” Does the coverage of her Seven For All Mankind jeans and the impossibly unruly nature of her curly hair make me feel better acquainted with her leadership style? Not quite. But is it a harmless human interest hook that makes Wendy more relatable to some who might otherwise be less interested in politics (as indeed Wendy herself was)? Perhaps.
According to Politico, Heidi Mitchell, the author of the story, said: Even if she wasn't beautiful, even if she didn't wear cute pink shoes, even if she didn't have a perfect-seeming life, it would still be a very compelling story. None of those things hurt.” But in addition to focusing on the superficial, Vogue does tell the story of Wendy's working class background, how she put herself through Harvard Law School, how she became interested in politics and eventually ran for office, and the challenges she faces as a pro-choice woman in Texas. And beyond that, it shows that Wendy Davis has inspired women far beyond those she represents or those who will be affected by SB 5.
Wendy will also be on the cover of Ms. Magazine in the issue that hits newsstands on August 27.