Maxine Waters: Democracy Champion By Day, Fashion Icon By Night

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Watching the election pan out the way it did was hard for those of us that wanted Hillary Clinton for president. And though we may be bereft of daily HRC cameos — save for her occasional walks in the woods with Bill — we're very grateful these days for Congresswoman Maxine Waters. Or, as the Internet has aptly named her, Auntie Maxine (as for that nickname, she "loves it," by the way). But, as FBI Director James Comey learned, if you get too close to Madame Maxine, you might get burned. So don't be a James Comey.
If you know anything about anything, and especially Maxine Waters, you know that she could rule the world. Born Maxine Moore Carr, the St. Louis native has devoted nearly half of her life to public service. Waters has worked her way up from a chief deputy to a member of the House of Representatives, and — similar to a certain someone else we know — has been relentlessly slaying with her colorful pantsuits collection while she's been awing us with her unapologetic approach to politics. For Waters, no color or social injustice is off-limits.
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But recently, the Congresswoman turned a look that had us, well, to put it lightly — gagging. Waters showed up to the Tax March to protest the withholding of you-know-who's tax returns in an embroidered denim jacket that was quite the switch-up stylistically for our beloved Maxine. In fact, that very jacket prompted us to check out the history of Auntie Maxine's style anyway. Ahead, we've gathered all the pantsuits that Waters has worn throughout her tenure as our Congress queen, healing the nation one rich man at a time, and some (imagined) commentary we think she'd have while donning each getup. Stay woke!
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"This is my house," said Waters as she questions your patriotism.
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"Hello, millennials! I thought you all would like this jacket. Isn't it lovely?"
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Because who said you can't bring lace outside the boudoir?
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Here she comes, in some snakeskin pumps, serving up food for the those in need with a side of cold, hard truth for dessert.
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Yes, Maxine Waters was doing that whole choker thing long before you, and no, she (still) doesn't have time for Donald Trump.
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Here, Waters carries a letter to deliver to Attorney General Loretta Lynch in Washington, DC. in a look: a navy bodycon dress, textured blazer, and shell necklace that certainly isn't comprised of puka. Members marched from the U.S. Capitol to the Department of Justice to urge Lynch to use her role and influence to prosecute members of law enforcement for racially targeting and profiling black men, women, and children.
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We wonder if Waters knows just how Céline-The Row-Balenciaga-Saint Laurent her getup was here. Timeless, effortless style its finest.
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"Why yes, Sophia Bush, you may take my picture. Any angle works just fine, thanks."
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"Hello, I'm Maxine! But the millennials call me 'Auntie'!"
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Divine, demure, democratic.
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Waters and husband Sidney Williams at the Essence Awards in 2001. Rumor has it that as soon as Waters took the carpet, she shut it down.
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Auntie Maxine has quite the collection of pinstriped blazers, but this one was exceptionally fitting for her meeting with House Democrats and Vice President Joe Biden at the U.S. Capitol, to vote on extending the federal debt limit and enacting spending cuts.
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"Keep it moving, millennials! We've got a president to impeach!"
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When you've got to let Anderson Cooper know that Bill O'Reilly is psychologically unstable at 6 p.m., but it's date night with Sid.
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That powder blue pantsuit and those nude pumps...Name a more iconic duo. We'll wait.
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"This...stuff'? Oh. Okay. I see. You think this has nothing to do with you. You go to your closet and you select...I don't know...that lumpy blue sweater, for instance because you're trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back. But what you don't know is that that sweater is not just blue, it's not turquoise. It's not lapis. It's actually cerulean.

"And you're also blithely unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns. And then I think it was Yves Saint Laurent...wasn't it, who showed cerulean military jackets? I think we need a jacket here. And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of eight different designers. And then it, uh, filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic Casual Corner where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin.

"However, that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs and it's sort of comical how you think that you've made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you're wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room from a pile of stuff," said Waters as she fielded questions about the classified briefing on her green blazer.
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Waters, joined by fellow Representative Barbara Lee and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, felt right at home unveiling the portrait of her hero Shirley Chisholm. For this particular engagement, Waters felt an orange suit was not only festive, but fun!
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Come on. Who doesn't need a classic black suit?
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"Oh, this old thing? This is just one of my (many) wrap dresses. I just love 'em! I'm very delighted to be here at the NBA Wives luncheon, though I am not an NBA wife (but could run hoops around all of you — no Jordans necessary)," Waters quipped as she posed for the paparazzi.
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And for her final act, a little razzle and dazzle for the onlookers at the Grammys. Sparkles never hurt anybody!
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