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Badass Bitch of the Week: Hillary Clinton

“Please never stop believing that fighting for what's right is worth it.”

BY KATHARINE K. ZARRELLA

PEOPLE  -  NOVEMBER 09

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Photo: Brendan Smialowski / Getty Images

A new series in which we celebrate the women who make our world go round.

“I'm sorry we did not win this election for the values we share and the vision we hold for our country,” said Hillary Clinton during her concession speech this morning.  

About half of the nation and much of the world was shocked after waking up to the news that Clinton had lost the 2016 Presidential Election to Donald Trump, a man who ran on a platform of fear and hate, while Clinton focused on hope and unity. Yes, the former Secretary of State lost the election, but her strength, poise, service, and passion for our country will not be overshadowed by this defeat. She is not just an advocate but an inspiration for women everywhere. With that in mind, we at Fashion Unfiltered thought it fitting to celebrate Clinton in our inaugural “Badass Bitch of the Week” column. 

“Now, I know we have still not shattered the highest and hardest glass ceiling, but someday someone will — and hopefully sooner than we might think right now,” Clinton stated in her speech, which brought more than a few members of the FU team to tears. Likely by coincidence (but perhaps not), the Democratic nominee’s Ralph Lauren suit was made in Victorian mourning colors—purple and charcoal. (You could also argue that purple is the combination of red and blue, and thus a plea for unity amongst Democrats and Republicans during a time when our country is violently divided.) But if Clinton has taught us anything, it’s that we should not be mourning. Rather, we should follow in her footsteps and continue to fight for what is right.

Moreover, we should celebrate Clinton for the many glass ceilings she has shattered. She was the first student to give a commencement address at Wellesley College, where she graduated in 1969. She graduated from Yale Law School at a time when the student body was predominantly male. She was a prolific lawyer, teacher, and activist, fighting for healthcare and the rights of children and families since the early days of her career. She was the First Lady of Arkansas and of the United States. She is a mother who raised a well-adjusted child in the public eye. She was a senator, and, of course, the Secretary of State. She continues to prove that a woman is not defined by her husband and his actions, and that it genuinely doesn’t matter if you’re wearing a pantsuit or a ball gown, so long as you get the job done. She has accomplished more in her 30 years of public service than most people—man or woman—do in a lifetime. Is she perfect? Absolutely not. However, regardless of whether you love or hate Clinton or her politics, America should be proud to have given birth to a woman as strong-willed, smart, and successful as Hillary Clinton.

“To all of the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams,” Clinton professed from her podium today at the New Yorker hotel. Despite her loss, she has indeed proven this to young girls and grown women alike. She is proof that, while our country is most certainly in a dire state, where racism and sexism are very much alive and well, women can and should pursue their dreams. Sure, there will be, as Clinton put it, “successes and setbacks,” and yes, it’s disheartening that a reality TV star who has openly degraded women and minorities, has been accused of sexual assault, and is about to go to trial for fraud, can be elected over a woman who has triumphantly served our country for so long. But Clinton is proof that women can make a difference—we are strong and mighty and we must work together in order to truly, ahem, make America great again. 

Clinton’s most poignant plea during this entire, ugly campaign and election came at the end of her speech today: “This loss hurts, but please never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it.” That’s not a bad legacy to leave. So on behalf the FU team, I thank Hillary Clinton for inspiring women everywhere to fight our beliefs, and to fight for what’s right.

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A new exhibit at MoMu in Antwerp will explore the designer's tenure at Hermès

BY ARIA DARCELLA

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Graphic design by Jelle Jespers. Left: Hermès Spring 2003, photo by Nathaniel Goldberg; Maison Martin Margiela Spring 1989, photo by Ronald Stoops; Right: Hermès Spring 2001, photo by Alexia Silvagny; Maison Martin Margiela Autumn 1991/92, photo by Ronald Stoops

Images courtesy of MoMu