Meet Ilhan Omar, the Minnesota sensation who this week became one of America’s most stand-out members of Congress.

Omar is a pioneering politician in many ways, but one of the most obvious is what she wears every day. She even referenced this in her victory speech on Tuesday night when she said, “I stand here before you tonight, as your congresswoman-elect with many firsts behind my name. The first woman of color to represent our state in congress. The first woman to wear a hijab. The first refugee ever elected to Congress. And one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress.”

Born in Mogadishu, Somalia, Omar’s family moved the United States in 1995 when she was only twelve, after living for four years in a refugee camp in Kenya. She managed to learn English within a matter of months of her arrival, and was introduced to Minnesota politics at a young age by acting as a translator for her grandfather at caucus meetings.

A relative newcomer to elected office, Omar was won her seat in the Minnesota State House for the first time just two years ago. In June this year she filed to run in the Minnesota 5th District after Keith Ellison announced his plan to run for State Attorney General, and the rest is history! Together with Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan is one of the first two Muslim women in Congress.

Her vibrant personality and impressive accomplishments set her apart, but we also have to admit we are obsessed with her fashion choices. We think you will be too!

 

Mix & match

 

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As a Somali-American, Ilhan Omar does winter attire like no other politician. Her style is effortless, cool and comfortable. The fact that she’s never overdressed is one of the reasons why we’re so addicted to Omar’s fashion game. Just take a look at that cozy oversized colorful cape. It is so on-trend and classy at the same time. The representative added a basic white turtleneck to keep her warm. Let’s not forget about her playful ways of adding accessories. As always, Omar covers her hair, this time using a particularly amazing traditional Somali headscarf known as a shash. Adding a floral headpiece to this outfit does not sound at first like a good idea, but we have to admit it’s a major fashion score.

 

Opinionated fashionista

 

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There is no need to apologize for being fashionable while also spreading girl power. This gorgeous fashion maven makes a statement with everything she does, but this time she literally makes a statement with her tee shirt.  The 35-year-old upgraded her edgy aesthetics with a warm winter scarf and a printed head wrap.

 

Glam! Glam!

 

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Such a unique and fabulous way to shine at a red carpet! The beautiful Omar made an appearance at the Tribeca Film Festival, bringing all her style charm with her. We are completely smitten by her baby blue dress and the oversized pearl necklace. To finish off, she included a pair of leggings under the dress and classy stiletto heels. Again, Omar’s shash stands out – a gorgeous navy velvet, embellished with pearls.

 

Officewear done right!

 

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Who wants to see another boring pants suit? That’s right, no one! That is why we are thankful for having Ilhan Omar and her trailblazing fashion. The Democratic Congresswoman-elect opted for a very chic version of the classic power suit. The mismatched pants and blazer are a winning combo. The fun, vibrant necklace and impactful shash are the cherries on top.

 

Omar Ilhan meets Van Jones

 

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Just recently, Omar made an appearance on the Van Jones Show at CNN with fellow progressive Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The trendsetter donned a chic dress in the fiercest magenta color. It’s not that often that we see politicians get so bold with different shades, so this outfit is a wave of fresh air. She toned down the ensemble with black shoes and a more formal black hijab.

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