After President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were sworn in on Wednesday, January 20, Teigen didn’t waste any time requesting a follow. “hello @joebiden I have been blocked by the president for four years can I get a follow plz,” she tweeted.
That same day, author Gabe Fleisher shared screenshots showing that Biden’s official Twitter account, @POTUS, started following Teigen. She retweeted the exciting news, writing, “OH MY GOD !!!!!!!!!!”
The hilarity to this is @POTUS only follows 12 accounts, and they’re all White House-related. Except for Teigen. Put her in the administration, Biden!
Chrissy Teigen attended the inauguration with her husband, John Legend (who performed), and their kids, Luna and Miles. Ahead of the big day, she posted a scathing farewell message to Trump on Instagram. “Today our great national fuckup is over, but the shame will last forever. with 2 impeachments, the creation of 3 million LESS jobs, 403,000 dead, a record low approval rating and god knows how many crimes, we can officially say Donald J Trump is the greatest at being the fucking worst,” she wrote.
Teigen continued, “Maybe it wasn’t such a good idea to have the guy with barely enough well done steak with ketchup fueled brainpower to power a lightbulb who doesn’t even know how to close an umbrella run the country. History will not be kind to you, you absolute psychopath. But I never was anyhow.”
Teigen later reflected on what it means now that the new Biden administration will see her tweets. “I should prob never tweet again,” she wrote, which is hopefully a joke. Keep the tweets coming, Chrissy!
President Joe Biden’s inauguration was a joyous celebration for many reasons—including the fashion moments. And Ashley Biden, first daughter, may have walked away with one of the most memorable ones.
Biden changed into a chic black tux for Celebrating America, the TV special that toasted to the new administration. (The star-studded broadcast was hosted by Tom Hanks and featured performances from Demi Lovato and Katy Perry, among others.) She kept her hair up in a slicked-back pony tail and finished the outfit with a pair of black heels. It was sophisticated, classic, and effortlessly cool.
I’m not the only one who was living for Biden’s tux. “i am trying so desperately hard not to tweet about ashley biden in a tux oh god someone take my phone away i’m not strong,” writer and Glamour contributor Jill Gutowitz tweeted.
“I’m actually *furious* that none of you flagged Ashley Biden in a tux to me,” someone else posted. A third person iconically wrote, “my key takeaways from today: Bernie memes are hot, Bruce Springsteen is still hot, Ashley Biden in a tux is hot, fireworks were almost TOO hot they made me nervous.”
Ashley Biden gave her first TV interview on Today right before her father’s inauguration. She clarified that she won’t be taking a job in the administration but will “hopefully use this platform to advocate for social justice, for mental health, to be involved in community development and revitalization.”
She also explained why she’s not that active publicly on social media. “The cruelty and the meanness, that’s why I don’t have a social media account that’s public,” she said. “Part of it is also having boundaries for myself, because I believe in kindness, and I believe in the humanity of all of us.”
Kamala Harris‘s first speech as the new vice president of the United States struck a chord in the hearts of Americans. The Inauguration Day address was delivered during January 20th’s Celebrating America broadcast. Harris spoke in front of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool while making history as the first woman, Black, and South Asian American to ever hold the position.
“In many ways this moment embodies our character as a nation,” Harris said in her opening remarks. “It demonstrates who we are, even in dark times. We not only dream, we do. We not only see what has been, we see what can be. We shoot for the moon, and then we plant our flag on it. We are bold, fearless, and ambitious. We are undaunted in our belief that we shall overcome, that we will rise up.”
She continued, “This is American aspiration. In the middle of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln saw a better future and built it with land grant colleges and the transcontinental railroad. In the middle of the civil rights movement, Dr. King fought for racial justice and economic justice.”
Harris’s words echoed those of President Joe Biden’s inaugural address earlier in the day. She called for an end of the division in the country and gave a peek at the peace the Biden-Harris administration promises to represent. The tone of the new president and vice president‘s remarks is a stark contrast to the recent speeches from former President Donald Trump. Biden and Harris’s Inauguration Day addresses are a symbol that America is not just beginning a new administration, but a new era.
Read the full transcript of Kamala Harris’s speech below:
“Good evening. It is my honor to be here, to stand on the shoulders of those who came before, to speak tonight as your Vice President.
In many ways, this moment embodies our character as a nation. It demonstrates who we are, even in dark times. We not only dream, we do. We not only see what has been, we see what can be. We shoot for the moon and then we plant our flag on it. We are bold, fearless, and ambitious. We are undaunted in our belief that we shall overcome, that we will rise up.
This is American aspiration. In the middle of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln saw a better future and built it with land grant colleges and the transcontinental railroad. In the middle of the civil rights movement, Dr. King fought for racial justice and economic justice.
American aspiration is what drove the women of this nation throughout history to demand equal rights and the authors of the Bill of Rights to claim freedoms that had rarely been written down before. A great experiment takes great determination. The will to do the work and then the wisdom to keep refining, keep tinkering, keep perfecting.
The same determination is being realized in America today. I see it in the scientists who are transforming the future. I see it in the parents who are nurturing generations to come, in the innovators and the educators, in everyone everywhere who is building a better life for themselves, their families, and their communities.
This, too, is American aspiration. This is what President Joe Biden has called upon us to summon now. The courage to see beyond crisis, to do what is hard, to do what is good, to unite, to believe in ourselves, believe in our country, believe in what we can do together.
Dr. Jill Biden, our new first lady (!), had many great style moments during her husband’s inauguration on January 20. She started with that stunning blue coat by New York City-based label Markarian, designed by Alexandra O’Neill. Then, she transitioned into an all-white ensemble accessorized with a white corsage.
And it turns out that corsage actually has some meaning. It’s part of a long tradition. Biden isn’t the first, first lady to wear a corsage on inauguration night; both Mamie Eisenhower and Betty Ford did it, according to Vogue, which means Biden is in fabulous company.
Her corsage immediately captured Twitter’s attention. “The thing that got me was Jill Biden’s wrist corsage #happycrying,” one person tweeted. Another added, “Also can we talk about the cute wrist corsage Dr Jill was wearing.” A third noted, “Jill Biden’s wrist corsage gave me all the feels.”
“The fact that joe got Jill a wrist corsage like it’s prom is melting my heart,” reads one response. And yup, my heart’s melting too.
Ahead of the inauguration, Dr. Jill Biden posted to Instagram, “As we come together offering light and the ringing of bells, to those grieving loved ones lost to COVID-19, always know you are in our hearts.”
President Joe Biden (I love saying that!) offered some very inspiring words during his inaugural address. “This is democracy’s day,” he said. “A day of history and hope. Of renewal and resolve. Through a crucible for the ages America has been tested anew and America has risen to the challenge. Today, we celebrate the triumph not of a candidate, but of a cause, the cause of democracy. The will of the people has been heard, and the will of the people has been heeded. We have learned again that democracy is precious.”
He then added, “I know speaking of unity can sound like a foolish fantasy these days, [but] unity is the path forward.”
In certain circles, where the difference between ampoules and essences needs no explanation and double cleansing is practically a religion, “glass skin” is a term you’ll hear spoken in reverent terms. I’ve scrolled through plenty of pictures depicting its awe-inspiring results and have tried countless times to replicate its mythical gleam. But as any expert will tell you, the real secret to glowing skin will never come from the pan of a highlighter palette, no matter how amazing the formula is.
So when Peach and Lily founder Alicia Yoon recently asked me whether I had tried a complete glass-skin routine before, I saw my chance to finally attain the reflective cheekbones of my dreams. I’ve known Yoon for a long time, and let me tell you, the woman has no pores and always manages to look the exact right amount of dewy. If I were to have someone guide my foray into this radiant land, she was the ideal candidate.
What is glass skin?
“Glass skin” is a phrase that originated on the K-beauty scene and quickly went viral on social media. It’s used to describe a complexion so luminous, it could be modeled from glass.
To get there, a certain amount of work is required. When I first opened Yoon’s email, I’ll be honest: I immediately cringed at the sheer amount of meticulously detailed steps I should take starting from the moment I woke up. Yoon encouraged me to think of the process “as a meal plan—giving your skin the 360-degree care it needs to thrive: proper cleansing, exfoliating, balancing, antioxidants, humectants, vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, and protection!” My actual meal plan is about 75% croissants, and baguette-shaped blood cells flow through my veins, so we were perhaps on different pages about that one. Nevertheless, slathering my face in assorted creams and serums is literally my job, so I persevered.
While the experiment Yoon had me run through consists of 11 different products, she stresses that it’s not necessary to purchase that many things to duplicate the results. “It’s not so much about the number of steps, but what your skin needs to be at its absolutely healthiest,” she says. “Cleanse properly; either double cleanse or use a cleanser that can both dissolve makeup and remove water-based impurities. Balance your skin’s pH with a toner. And hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.”
How to Get Glass Skin
Drenching your skin in moisture is the hallmark of this approach; it’s what gives your face that liquid highlighter (without actually using a drop of highlighter) glow. There are other things you should add too: sunscreen, exfoliants, and face masks. The most important thing, according to Yoon, is to keep everything gentle. “Don’t overdo it with too many acids or harsh actives,” she advises. “In the long run, your skin will get inflamed.” Check your ingredients labels. If you’re using products with vitamin C, be very careful about cocktailing them with high concentrations of AHAs, BHAs, or retinol.
I followed the routine below for a full week (Yoon estimates you need anywhere between one and three weeks to see “profound results”). However, I will prematurely reveal that I was already impressed after only seven days. So when you see the results below, imagine them given additional time. My arsenal of topicals would have been completely overwhelming if not for the accompanying instructions, so I will now selflessly bequeath them to you. Use this list as your starting point and modify it according to your skin type and needs.
1. Start your day with a gentle cleanser.
I began each morning with Peach and Lily’s Power Calm Hydrating Gel Cleanser, a crystal-clear gel that emulsified into a translucent lather when I wet it. While the sulfate-free formula deeply cleansed my pores, it was also gentle, something I require from any face wash I use. The combination of coconut fatty acids, sugars, and soothing botanicals prepped my face beautifully for the 239,840,328,402 steps (fine, 10) to come.
2. Flood your skin with a moisturizing essence.
Next up was the Wild Dew Treatment Essence, which looks like water but is packed with a complex of short-, medium-, and long-chain hyaluronic acid molecules—one of the most popular hydrating ingredients on the market. Add 2% niacinamide to combat inflammation and a balancing pH of 5.7, and you have what amounts to a super-toner, albeit one that I applied with my hands because I haven’t purchased cotton rounds since 2005.
3. Add additional hydration with essence pads.
Speaking of cotton rounds, I was instantly drawn to the Lazy Day All-in-One Moisture Pads solely because the name contained lazy, which is my favorite beauty word. While the essence-soaked pads are designed to condense some of the other steps into a single delivery system, I went ahead and applied them after the essence—because the more moisture, the better. (On the other hand, if your head is already starting to spin at this point, consider replacing a few of the products mentioned with these for an efficient shot of fatty acids, humectants, and antioxidants.)
4. Layer on a hydrating serum.
The fourth step was the hero of the whole process: Glass Skin Refining Serum. The fast-absorbing formula is designed to quickly deliver a ton of powerful actives to your skin: hyaluronic acid, fatty acids, vitamins, peptides, and minerals.
I treated the delicate skin beneath my eyes with Volufiline Eye Essence, patted on with my ring finger to avoid tugging. While I maintain that no eye cream is going to magically erase your dark circles, this formula uses a genius combo of peptides, ginseng, collagen, and glutathiones to quickly firm and smooth skin.
7. Seal everything in with a face oil.
Finally, I patted a few drops of Pure Beam Luxe Oil over my entire face. It’s a cold-pressed blend of squalane, jojoba, sea buckthorn, grapeseed, and camellia oils that strengthened my lipid barrier while flooding my face with antioxidants. (If you have oily skin, don’t worry; this also helps control excess sebum production.)
8. Remember your sunscreen!
“Please be sure to be a stickler about SPF, which you probably already are,” added Yoon. I briefly wondered if I should delete “beauty editor” from my LinkedIn, then guiltily applied a generous coat of Tatcha Silken Pore Perfecting SP35.
I treated my face to two mask formulas (one time each) during the week. Left on for five to 10 minutes, the Super Reboot Resurfacing Mask helped clear my blackheads and breakouts with a strong mix of 10% glycolic acid and 0.5% salicylic acid. I have a mild case of rosacea and a compromised skin barrier, so I kept it off my cheeks to be safe. But Yoon notes that she formulated the popular treatment with a soothing component, using chamomile, turmeric, aloe, and other ingredients to balance out the effects of the acid peel. (She informed me that she had done facials for people with sensitivity, eczema, and rosacea and saw no adverse results, but I am stubbornly paranoid.)
11. Finish off with a once-weekly hydrating mask.
The final touch and second mask: Original Glow Sheet Mask, which left my face so drenched that I looked like I had just emerged from a waterfall.
The Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil
Peach & Lily Super Reboot Resurfacing Mask
Peach & Lily
Peach & Lily Original Glow Sheet Mask Set
Peach & Lily
On no planet could this experiment be described as low-maintenance, but the results were worth it. Anyone’s face will look moisturized after being slathered in 50 layers of hydrating products, but even after they had fully absorbed, my face continued to offer the mesmerizing appearance of a lightly misted crystal ball. I don’t think skin is even supposed to look like this, I thought as I watched sunbeams bounce off my forehead.
The products didn’t go so far as to make my hyperpigmentation and mild acne vanish, but they worked noticeable wonders where the overall glow and evenness of my complexion was concerned.
Although Yoon made no stipulations beyond the prescribed topicals, I assume that you get optimal results if you stay away from certain lifestyle decisions. For example, you should probably not conduct your own Friday night gin-and-tonic tastings or consume vast quantities of pastries while undertaking this journey. I did both those things during glass-skin week, uttering a silent prayer/apology to the K-beauty gods for my lifestyle choices. To put a positive spin on that, I think it goes to show that you can continue living your best life and still reap the rewards. I can definitely get on board with any beauty routine that allows me to cradle a cheeseburger in bed and still shine bright like a diamond.
Sarah Y. Wu is a beauty writer in Berlin. Follow her on Instagram@say.wu.
In a year like the one we’ve already had—and we’re only 20 days in—it could seem frivolous to care about what Vice President Kamala Harris and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden chose to wear to the 2021 Presidential inauguration, given how unlike the event was from previous years thanks to both COVID and the memory of rioters violently storming the Capitol two weeks ago fresh in our minds.
But make no mistake: there’s a certain comfort to be taken in the fact that we’re allowed to be excited again about what powerful, empathetic, glass-shattering women are wearing and the deliberate, values-oriented messages they’ve already chosen to send through fashion.
In her 2018 memoir Becoming,Michelle Obama wrote that she learned to “turn fashion into [a] tool.” It’s a tack that both Harris and Biden seem to understand thanks to the former First Lady. “The influence of Michelle Obama is evident in both Dr. Biden’s and Vice President Harris’ choice of independent designers,” Valerie Steele, Director and Chief Curator of The Museum at Fashion Institute of Technology, told Glamour.
Dr. Biden’s ocean-blue tweed coat, dress, and silk mask from American designer Alexandra O’Neill’s Markarian label was in clear support of a woman-led, emerging brand. Per the company’s website, the label “has a strong belief in supporting the fine craftsmanship that the New York Garment Center offers.” Dr. Biden’s outfit was made in New York City and finished by hand in Markarian’s New York City studio. According to a press release, “The color blue was chosen for the pieces to signify trust, confidence, and stability.”
Harris’s outfit, a purple coat and dress by New York City-based Christopher John Rogers and pearls by Wilfredo Rosado, likewise sent a strong message. Rogers, from Louisiana, is a queer Black designer and purple is notable for being a blend of blue and red, tying to the “America United” theme of the inauguration. Rosado was born in New Jersey to Puerto Rican parents. By all accounts, Harris’ outfit was a take on her signature power suit but dialed up several notches because that’s what making history calls for.
“To be Vice President is very different than being First Lady,” says Dr. Steele. “So Harris needed to focus more on professionalism and less about seeming like America’s official feminine ideal. She does this usually by wearing dark pantsuits but today called for a greater degree of pageantry.”
White House spokesman Judd Deere confirmed to USA Today that former POTUS wrote new POTUS a message. The contents of it? Unclear, just that “it’s a letter between 45 and 46.”
Mike Pence also left a note for Vice President Kamala Harris, according to USA Today. Again, we don’t know what it says.
But the internet is certainly filling in the blanks, particularly about the note between Biden and Trump. Famous pop culture notes from Mean Girls, Sex and the City, and even SpongeBob SquarePants are being meme-ified—or should I say Trump-ified. Honestly, the jokes just write themselves at this point.
Take a look at some of the best ones, below:
Donald Trump is the first president this century to not attend his successor’s inauguration. He gave some vague, general remarks during his farewell speech, saying, “We were not a regular administration. I will always fight for you…. The future of this country has never been better. I wish the new administration great luck and great success.” Trump also added, “We will be back in some form,” which…sounds like a horror movie omen?
Biden, meanwhile, gave a powerful, impassioned speech at his inauguration. “This is democracy’s day,” he said. “A day of history and hope. Of renewal and resolve. Through a crucible for the ages America has been tested anew and America has risen to the challenge. Today, we celebrate the triumph not of a candidate, but of a cause, the cause of democracy. The will of the people has been heard, and the will of the people has been heeded. We have learned again that democracy is precious.”
He later added, “I know speaking of unity can sound like a foolish fantasy these days, [but] unity is the path forward.”
On January 20, Twitter users lost it when the Vermont senator and former presidential candidate arrived at the U.S. Capitol clutching a manila envelope between his very warm, mitten-clad hands.
“Bernie is your uncle who walks into your graduation dinner, hands you a check he just ripped out of his checkbook, no card, and asks the waiter where the nearest UPS Dropbox is because he needs to return something while he’s out,” writer R. Eric Thomas tweeted.
Thomas added, “Bernie said ‘stimulus checks start at noon-oh-one and I’ve got the first batch right here.'”
“Bernie dressed like the inauguration is on his to do list today but ain’t his whole day,” another wrote. I can’t.
Of course, people also got very creative with Photoshop:
In case you’re wondering—I know you are—this sartorial choice was about more than just surly grandpa aesthetics. “Bernie’s mittens are made by Jen Ellis, a teacher from Essex Junction, Vt.,” BuzzFeed political reporter Ruby Cramer says. “She gave them to him 2+ years ago and was surprised when he began wearing them on the campaign trail. They are made from repurposed wool sweaters and lined with fleece made from recycled plastic bottles.”
But no, Sanders may not be wearing the same jacket from another Bernie meme, as some Twitter users believe. Sanders’s wife reports that Bernie simply purchased a similar version of the coat. “Vermont jacket, Vermont gloves, Vermont common sense,” Jane Sanders tweeted.
“THIS is the dad energy,” writer Rachel Syme posted.
“I wanna know what Lady Gaga and Barack Obama talked about for so long,” one person tweeted. Another asked, “What in the world is Lady Gaga saying to President Obama that’s taking so long?” Even Andy Cohen couldn’t help but notice, “Gaga has A LOT to say to Obama!!!”
She hugged Michelle Obama, too (with masks on), and they had a lovely chat:
“framing a [sic] phot of lady gaga and michelle obama chatting like friends at this inauguration,” one fan said.
So what happened? Why did Lady Gaga and Barack Obama have such a long conversation at the inauguration? Obviously, they had to be talking about one of these 21 topics:
In the midst of chaos, apprehension, and transition, one fact is clear: Ella Emhoff has cemented her status as a major textile icon of the Biden-Harris administration. The 22-year-old, whose father Doug Emhoff married brand-new Vice President Kamala Harris in 2014, found herself in a crowd of remarkable dressers. Wednesday’s Inauguration—more than any in living memory—might as well have taken place on the red carpet. But even so, Emhoff was a standout.
The inauguration was beautiful and moving, and also, kind of normcore. The new president wore Ralph Lauren and called, appropriately, for unity. The Obamas looked, as they always do, like the most popular seniors who graduated the year before, returning during winter break for a victory lap. Lady Gaga did her Lady Gaga thing. JLo did her JLo thing. Social media “yas kweened,” and blew up with references to Hamilton, The Hunger Games, and Parks and Recreation. Sweet, soothing—but squarely 2010s. And then there was Emhoff.
Styled by Joseph Charles Viola, she wore a scarlet prairie dress from New York ready-to-wear-brand Batsheva, topped with a spangled MiuMiu coat that glittered in the wintry sun. Her leather gloves looked sharp and classic. Her embroidered collar fluttered gently in the wind—the inauguration fashion that launched a thousand Etsy shops.
Emhoff, it bears mentioning, is a studying textiles at Parson’s School of Design. She runs a mini-business, producing one-off brightly-colored, handmade knitwear. (Commissions are currently closed. Can’t imagine what’s keeping her busy!)
We shouldn’t be surprised she owned fashion at the inauguration—this is a woman who once knit herself a full Blue’s Clues costume, then positioned it on the ‘gram next to a picture of herself wearing a knit bikini top and bucket hat and exposing one unshaved armpit to show off a matching knit purse. She’s kept her style during public appearances chic but muted during the campaign, and the Biden-Harris victory, it seems, is her chance to finally be herself. On the eve of the inauguration, she dressed semi-androgynous, in a fitted Oxford, preppy tie, military-style coat, and updated school girl skirt from Thom Browne.
And on inauguration morning, she gave us everything: Curls! Wire-rim glasses! One ginormous button! The severe military style of her coat, gloves, and boots provided thrilling juxtaposition to the hyper-femininity of her embroidered collar and glittering accents. The black headband gave pulled-out-of-the-glove-compartment-of-the-station-wagon-before-church 90s energy. And when Mike Pence took to the dais, Emhoff, generously, gave us a priceless reaction GIF. Gen Z has officially entered the White House.
She’s in good company. Emhoff twinned with the vice president’s niece Meena Harris, who paired an emerald brocade prairie dress, also from Batsheva, with gloriously bedazzled silver stiletto boots. Michelle Obama was grown-up Chicago winter Wonder Woman, with power waves and a belt for the ages. Kamala Harris looked like a leader in all purple—likely a nod to the combination of red and blue.