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Tamera Mowry-Housley Shares Tribute To Niece Who Was Victim In Thousand Oaks Shooting

On late Wednesday night, another tragic mass shooting occurred. This time, it took place at the Borderline Bar and Grill, located in Thousand Oaks, California, a frequent destination for college students in the area. An estimated twelve people were killed in the shooting, while 24 people were injured. Among the deceased victims was Alaina Housley, the 18-year-old niece of Sister, Sister actress Tamera Mowry-Housley. On social media, Mowry confirmed the news, and she offered her condolences to her late relative, taking time to remember the lost soul and hope she’s in a better place now.

The devastating Instagram post came shortly after it was announced that Alaina Housley was among the slain victims earlier this week. The shooting, which occurred in “one of the safest cities in the county,” according to Mayor Andy Fox — as it was reported by CNN — occurred close to midnight on November 7th. During the event, a gunman opened fire on the Southern California bar. In addition to the post above, Tamera Mowry-Housley and her husband, Adam Housley, released the following statement to the press regarding their departed relative and the life she lived before it was tragically stricken. It started with a photo:

In addition to this statement, the couple went on social media and offered their thoughts and prayers for everyone mourning the lives lost on this day.

Here’s what Tamera Mowry-Housley wrote about her belated niece in the Instagram post found above.

In addition to these sentiments from Tamera Mowry-Housley and her husband, Pepperdine University, where Alaina Housley studied, provided the following condolences to the press, expressing their sorrowful feelings about this tragic situation and asking everyone to keep Alaina in their thoughts.

Our sympathies are extended to Tamera Mowry-Housley, her husband and all her grieving family and friends during this difficult time. It’s never easy to say goodbye to a loved one, especially one so young and under such terrible circumstances, and we hope they find peace during this horrible tragedy.

What Fede Alvarez Brings To The Girl In The Spider’s Web, According To Claire Foy

Multiple filmmakers over the years have taken their shot at adapting Lisbeth Salander from the page to the screen. Steig Larssen’s Millennium series inspired three Swedish films, while David Fincher (of all people) did his own interpretation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. This week, Fede Alvarez of Don’t Breathe and the Evil Dead remake take his shot, and CinemaBlend asked current Lisbeth Claire Foy what kind of director Alvarez was. She told us:

That may seem obvious, but Claire Foy’s answer about her The Girl in the Spider’s Web director goes a long way in describing why this movie is the most accessible film in the catalogue of Girl movies made, to date.

The Girl in the Spider’s Web is a rollercoaster thrill ride. It’s set in the same snowy tundra of the previous films, but it moves with the lithe suspense and white-knuckle action of a James Bond adventure. Our own Dirk Libbey pointed this out in his review of the new film.

It’s most interesting that with The Girl in the Spider’s Web, Lisbeth Salander becomes a character who can shape and shift to meet the needs of her current storyteller. Fede Alvarez chose to make a more action-driven, streamlined story, and Claire Foy fit into that interpretation.

Some might argue that the movie loses some of the layers that helped make Lisbeth Salander interesting. But I think it’s OK to have a new story overlooking the baggage that we know comes with Lisbeth. It doesn’t always have to be about her demons — even though The Girl in the Spider’s Web certainly has an interesting connection to Lisbeth’s past.

When we spoke to Fede Alvarez about making a more physical Girl story, he admitted:

Before you head out to see The Girl in the Spider’s Web, watch Claire Foy singing the praises of her director:

New Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Video Shows Off Miles Morales’ Invisibility

Peter Parker’s Spider-Man origin story is one that has been told tirelessly on the big screen, and understandably so. After all, the friendly neighborhood superhero is one of the most beloved of its genre. Over the years, Marvel Comics have taken all sorts of creative liberties with the character, generating new webs of Spider-Man type heroes from other dimensions. Following Sony’s Venom, the studio is going into another deep cut of web slinger’s vast world with the upcoming animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

The film will center on Miles Morales, a 13-year-old mixed-race New Yorker who also is bitten by a radioactive spider. Miles also takes the name of Spider-Man but has some incredible abilities that Peter Parker could only dream of including invisibility. The latest look at the animated movie from Sony Pictures shows off some of Miles’ amazing powers, much to a seasoned Peter Parker’s surprise. Take a look:

As seen in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, we’re getting more than one new Spider-Man introduction, the movie will have Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore) meeting the Peter Parker we know and love (Jake Johnson) along with Spider-Gwen (Hailee Steinfeld), Spider-Man Noir (Nicolas Cage), Peni Parker (Kimiko Glenn) and Spider-Ham (John Mulaney).

While Miles’ first encounter with Peter Parker seems to flourish into a mentor relationship that has Miles donning a red and blue suit and learning how to swing beside him, it just keeps getting more and more crowded with spider heroes. The sneak peek ends with the revelation by Miles and Peter of his invisibility which acts like a fight or flight response to fear.

Miles Morales, who made his debut in Marvel Comics in 2011 has quite a few other strengths that Peter Parker doesn’t. While they share a similar come to power, the spider Miles is bitten by is created by Norman Osborne in hopes of replicating his abilities, and ends up having a different chemical makeup. Among his capabilities, Miles can create energy bursts, regenerate quickly and a “venom strike” which can paralyze almost anyone with one touch. With so many characters to introduce in Into the Spider-Verse, we don’t know to what extent we’ll be able to witness his powers, but this sneak peek hints at the movie starting to display his abilities.

Along with introducing a team of Spider-Verse superheroes, the movie will also include some of their legendary villains including Kingpin, Green Goblin and Scorpion. While Tom Holland’s Spider-Man is in the MCU on the live-action front, Sony looks to be using this animated venture as a jump off point for a stylized Spider-Verse with tons of possibilities for sequels depending on how this one does. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse swings into theaters on December 14, 2018.

Tatcha Is Having a Ridiculously Good Sale Right Now

ICYMI, Meghan Markle has great skin. But let’s be real: You didn’t miss it, because standing at that altar, the now duchess of Sussex was a walking advertisement for the power of skin care (plus face massages and probably good genes). The latter two might not be easily attainable, but Meghan’s skin care routine just became way more feasible to own.

Tatcha—the pricey-but-worth-it brand behind Meghan’s go-to exfoliator—just announced that from now through Thursday, November 15, the brand is offering 20 percent off everything on its website as part of its Family & Friends sale. All you have to do is use the code FF2018 at checkout. Despite the annual-seeming moniker, this happens once in a blue moon. Plus, for each product sold, Tatcha will donate a day of school to girls in need across 11 countries in Southeast Asia and Africa. Meghan Markle would be proud.

As for that skin care staple of hers, the exfoliator in question is Tatcha’s Rice Enzyme Powder, which is the rare scrub that you can use every day without screwing up your skin. Because where other scrubs typically rely on ground-up shell powder or mild acids to clear off your dead skin, Tatcha’s formula uses a combination in the gentlest way possible. Per Markle, “It just sort of foams on your face and gives you a really subtle exfoliation.” That foam is formed from water activating the rice and papaya enzymes, which then comes for dullness and leaves no prisoners. The powder runs $65 for jar, but with the weeklong discount it’s down to $52.

Elsewhere in what to shop, Tatcha’s Violet-C Radiance Mask won a Glamour Beauty Award for Best Mask—a category with some serious competition, but nothing quite gives your skin an instant glow like it. The brand is also responsible for two frequent Sephora best-sellers. Last year Tatcha’s Water Cream was elected the retailers’ best-selling moisturizer, unsurprising given its oil-free gel texture. Heaviness isn’t in the Tatcha lexicon; the moisturizer sinks into your skin in two seconds flat, and yet it keeps your skin hydrated for hours. Likewise lightweight is the brand’s new undereye cream and concealer hybrid, The Pearl, which has a pearlized formula that reflects light as it lays down hyaluronic acid and brightening niacinamide.

And while we’re always hesitant to judge a product’s worth by how often it’s out of stock (you never know what’s going on behind the scenes), our senior beauty editor, Lindsay Schallon, attests to the greatness of the brand’s thrice-sold-out primer. Yup, primer: the thing that everyone looks at and thinks, Really?, until now. While most primers prove pretty worthless, Lindsay says that “this one somehow can make a $10 foundation look like a $70 one. The tiniest bit goes a long, long way, so it more than makes up for its cost.”

Shop our top picks from the sale below:

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Buy It: Tatcha Rice Enzyme Powder, $65 $55.25

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Buy It: Tatcha The Pearl Tinted Eye Illuminating Treatment, $48 $38.40

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Buy It: Tatcha The Water Cream, $68 $54.40

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Buy It: Tatcha The Silk Canvas Filter Finish Protective Primer, $52 $41.60

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Buy It: Tatcha Violet-C Radiance Mask, $68 $54.40

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Buy It: Limited Edition Blushing Lips Duo, $85 Value, $68 $54.40

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Buy It: Luminous Dewy Mist, $48 $38.40

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Buy It: Limited Edition Pure Skincare Delights Kit, $170 Value, $130 $104

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Buy It: Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil, $48 $38.40

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Buy It: The Essence Plumping Skin Softener, $95 $76

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Buy It: Plum Blossom Lipstick, $55 $44

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Buy It: The Starter Ritual Set Nourishing for Normal to Dry Skin, $59 $47.20

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Buy It: The Starter Ritual Set Nourishing Ultra-Hydrating for Dry Skin, $89 Value, $59 $47.20

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Buy It: The Silk Cream, $120 $96

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This Sabrina Carpenter Stan Transformed Into The ‘Singular: Act 1’ Tracklist

From streaming to buying to promoting, there’s not just one way to support your fave on album release day. And if your fave is Sabrina Carpenter, you might just think to paint her Singular: Act 1 tracklist on your face.

That’s the story of Kristine, a high school student and dedicated Sabrina stan who pulled off an all-Singular makeup look by featuring the album’s eight tracks on her face. Kristine tweeted the finished product in response to Sabrina the morning after the pop star’s album dropped.

A loyal Sabrina stan would recognize that this isn’t just eight tracks painted over Kristine’s face. The colorful backgrounds behind each song title correspond to Sabrina’s own album aesthetic, matching the graphics of her tracklist announcement last month.

As extra as this makeup look might be, it’s totally natural for Kristine, a long-time fan of Sabrina since discovering her in the “best show ever” Girl Meets World and her Eyes Wide Open album.

“Ever since then, I felt so connected to her music and always felt that it linked up with my life” Kristine told TRL over direct messages. “She’s always been one of my biggest role models and her music means so much especially for young women navigating their lives and love.”

And for as much as she loves Sabrina, Kristine’s got a passion for makeup, too. That’s why she knew she’d nail a makeup look inspired by the Singular: Act 1  tracklist artwork.

“I absolutely love makeup and have been doing fun, experimental looks for a few years.” In terms of her artistic vision, Kristine explained, “Sabrina posted three Instagram photos of her tracklist and they are SO beautiful, I fell in love with it and it made me that much more excited for Singular: Act 1 to come out!”

As far as Singular: Act 1 goes, the brand new album definitely lives up to Kristine’s expectations. While “Sue Me” and “Paris” might be her standout favorites right now, Kristine says that Sabrina’s whole album is “the only album I need to listen to now.”

Sabrina’s new LP isn’t the only thing Kristine had to be excited about this morning, though. Just hours after tweeting her fave the makeup look photos, Sabrina responded and gave her endorsement.

Considering Kristine hasn’t had the chance to see Sabrina live and meet her yet, this interaction is a dream come true.

“I was so excited when I saw her reply that I left my class to go to the bathroom stall!” Kristine said. “I was so excited I started shaking a little!!”

Though listening to Singular: Act 1 probably won’t calm Kristine down, it’s nevertheless what she and and the rest of Sabrina’s fandom will be doing for the rest of the day.

Is The First Avengers 4 Trailer Not Hitting Till 2019?

Where, oh where is the Avengers 4 trailer? That’s the question that’s been on the lips of MCU fans pretty much since the credits rolled on Avengers: Infinity War and has grown increasingly loud lately. Recent evidence has pointed to the trailer arriving before the end of the year and possibly this month, but according to co-director Joe Russo, our Christmas present may not get delivered this year:

This may not be Star Wars, but that sound you hear is legions of MCU fans belting out a Darth Vader-esque ‘NOOOOO!’ at the prospect of waiting until 2019 for the Avengers 4 trailer. Granted, 2019 is less than two months away at this point, but the hope and expectation has been that we’d get an Avengers 4 preview in some form or another before year’s end.

All hope is not yet lost though. In his live-stream for his new bar Duello (via MCU Cosmic), Joe Russo played it coy about the trailer’s actual release date, teasing that it may or may not arrive this year. That leaves a ton of wiggle room for the trailer to still arrive in 2018, but it looks like Marvel isn’t quite ready to reveal when we’ll be getting our first look at the MCU’s biggest movie to date.

A couple of weeks back, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige revealed that the trailer will be released before the end of the year, and some have speculated that it will drop this month, but Joe Russo’s comments, even if he’s just messing with us, add greater uncertainty about when the trailer will arrive. And short of a firm announcement, it’s all just speculation.

We know that they are about halfway through the editing process on Avengers 4 and still have plenty of VFX to do on what is currently a 3-hour cut. But even though there is still a lot of work to be done, there should be plenty for a teaser trailer.

We’ve speculated about there not being a trailer at all, but there is historical precedent to think the Avengers 4 trailer could still arrive in 2018. The trailer for Avengers: Infinity War dropped on November 29 last year, a day after a hype video was released. So Avengers 4 could still follow that same timeline.

The Infinity War trailer arrived before Black Panther and certainly didn’t draw attention from that movie, so there is no reason to think we’ll be waiting till after Captain Marvel. Disney has a few big holiday releases coming to theaters, and from a business standpoint it would make sense to attach the Avengers 4 trailer to one of those titles to start building audience awareness around the Mouse House’s biggest 2019 film.

Ralph Breaks the Internet opens in theaters on November 21 and Mary Poppins Returns follows it on December 19. So both of those dates are also still in play to have a trailer attached, likely after it debuts online or on a morning show right before.

If Disney really wanted to draw this out, it could release a video that just had the title this year, followed by the actual trailer in 2019. I don’t expect that; rather, I think the title, possibly Avengers: Annihilation, won’t show up until the end of the first trailer to put a cap on it.

Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for the latest on whether or not Rocket Raccoon sees his shadow and you can expect eight more weeks of waiting for the Avengers 4 trailer.

Tom Hiddleston Has An Awesome Message For Loki Fans

When news first broke of Disney+ producing live-action series, Loki was one of two fan-favorite MCU characters listed as likely getting a show. The bad news for any fans who are hoping for six seasons and a movie is that the Marvel projects were originally listed as “limited series,” and that’s likely still the case. The limited series were listed as expected to run for six to eight episodes each.

Loki certainly makes sense as a big-name MCU hero to get a show of his own, even if it is limited. The series were announced as designed to showcase fan favorites from the MCU who haven’t gotten their own movies. The news meant that we shouldn’t expect an Iron Man or Black Panther TV show on Disney+, but Loki is arguably the perfect fit.

Thor’s brother is immensely popular with fans, and his constantly changing allegiances means fans may not be able to guess what’s in store for a show all about him. Will he be a hero following Thor’s example? Or will he be self-serving to the point of villainy? Will he be a full villain like in The Avengers or funny like in Thor: Ragnarok?

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald Has Lowest Rotten Tomato Score Of The Harry Potter Universe

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald doesn’t hit theaters until next weekend; however, a lucky few people have already gotten to see the movie. Overall, reactions to the second flick in the Fantastic Beasts franchise have been positive. Still, if you head over to aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes, the movie is scoring lower than every single flick in the Harry Potter Universe.

At the time of this writing, reviews for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald are running at 60% on Rotten Tomatoes, which aligns with roughly how our own Eric Eisenberg felt about the flick. This means the movie is fresh and not rotten, which is great news for the studio. It’s always better to see a shiny red tomato than the green splat, although in recent years audience perspectives have become just as big of a deal for the site as critics reviews have.

When compared to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the numbers aren’t super far off. The first Fantastic Beasts movie runs at a 74% on Rotten Tomatoes, meaning that plenty of people like the movie or mostly liked the movie.

When comparing The Crimes of Grindelwald to the various Harry Potter movies that have come out over the years, currently Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is also running somewhat lower. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix are the lowest rated in the universe after Crimes of Grindelwald, ranking at 78% and 77% respectively. The rest of the movies featuring Harry Potter are in the 80-90s range, scorewise.

Of the rest of the movies, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 ranks the highest. It’s at a whopping 96% on Rotten Tomatoes, indicating near-universal acclaim. That’s the final movie in the set with character deaths and the defeat of Voldemort, and it’s no wonder that critics seemed to latch onto the flick as the best one.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the flick introducing Sirius Black, unsurprisingly ranks as the second highest, scoring a 90% on the aggregate site.

It is worth noting that so far only 35 reviews have been put up on the aggregator site. As we approach Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald‘s November 16 release date, more reviews should be added to the sum total. Whether that means the movie may dip below the fresh range or increase to an even fresher level remains to be seen.

As we wait for the movie to actually hit theaters—which is becoming more and more arduous by the day thanks to the teases about the movie’s ending–you can also keep an eye on other aggregate site Metacritic, which actually is also running at 60%. On IMDB the movie has an 8.8, although with 553 reviews, it’s unclear how many people have seen the movie yet.

Rami Malek’s Bohemian Rhapsody Teeth Could Have Been Even Bigger

Moviegoers love a good biopic, and right now there’s one making tons of money at the box office. Bryan Singer’s Bohemian Rhapsody tells the tale of Freddie Mercury, and the early days of the legendary band Queen. The pressure was on to deliver for the generations of Queens fans out there, as well as tell Mercury’s story in a way that was both truthful and respectful of the late singer.

The weight of this responsibility fell on Mr. Robot actor Rami Malek, who was tasked with playing Freddie Mercury throughout a fairly length period in his life. Despite obviously not having Mercury’s signature vocal talent, Malek has been garnering praise for disappearing into the legend’s character. One of the ways this was done was through the false teeth, and it turns out that they were originally going to be much larger. As movie tooth maker Chris Lyons explained,

While Rami Malek needed false teeth in order to portray Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, there can be too much of a good thing. And originally it appears that the prosthesis used were too big for Malek’s face, and would have look very odd on screen. Luckily the changes were made, and Malek’s grill was ready in time for filming.

Indeed, when Bohemian Rhapsody‘s trailer first debuted online, Rami Malek’s resemblance to Freddie Mercury was uncanny. It garnered the project positive attention, which it needed in the wake of Bryan Signer’s departure and the controversy surrounding the portrayal of Mercury’s sexuality.

In his same conversation with the New York Times, Chris Lyons explained how vital the teeth were to the performance, and to transforming Rami Malek into the late, great Freddy Mercury. As he tells it,

Aside from more closely resembling Freddie Mercury’s appearance, it also seems that Rami Malek’s false teeth helped to inform his process as an actor, and transform from the outside in.

You can see Rami Malek’s performance, complete with those teeth, as Bohemian Rhapsody is in theaters now. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Deb Haaland Is One of the First Native American Congresswomen—It Took Only Two Centuries

Deb Haaland wears the same pearl necklace almost every day. Not a string of delicate iridescent beads that are usually coupled with the blazers and skirts on Capitol Hill, but a set of sturdy silver Navajo pearls that she bought at the annual Santa Fe Indian Market. Soon those beads will be making their debut in Washington, D.C., following a midterm election cycle that resulted in a historic number of women taking congressional seats in the 116th Congress.

Haaland is in that group. She’s Native American. She’s a single mother. She bucks the status quo. And she’s New Mexico’s newly minted congresswoman.

“A long time ago people knew where you were from by the jewelry you wore,” Haaland told Glamour over the summer. “They knew you were Navajo or what pueblo you were from because there’s different styles. This [necklace is] Navajo. I’m not Navajo, but I love it so I’ll wear it. Silver is protection.”

A member of New Mexico’s Pueblo of Laguna tribe, Haaland, 57, is now one of the first Native American women to serve in Congress. On Tuesday she took the lead against her opponents, Republican Janice Arnold-Jones and Libertarian Lloyd Princeton, making history alongside another Native American congresswoman, Sharice Davids of Kansas. The two share more than the obvious connection in heritage and their new House status—Haaland and Davids go back, having supported each other since attending the same summer program at the American Indian Law Center.

“Deb and I spoke soon after I announced I would run. The first time I called Deb, she was like, ‘If you need to sleep on my couch, you can,'” Davids, who is also the first openly gay representative of Kansas, told Glamour in September. “In some way, I almost feel…that just hearing her on the other end in that first call, telling me, ‘Yes, do this,’ was the validation I needed.”

It’s not hard to believe. The generational power of women and unbreakable family ties are embedded in Haaland’s DNA, she says. Her mother, who served in the Navy, raised Haaland and her two sisters and brother while her father, who was in the Marine Corps, fought in Vietnam. Haaland reflects on the unseen and underappreciated work and the emotional labor that mothers often shoulder to keep the families together.

“There were four of us and she had to keep order, and she was by herself a lot,” Haaland says of her mom, who’s 83. “In spite of how strict she was, when it came to food, she would bend over backward to cook what we liked. As Pueblo Indians, food is important to us. I almost didn’t realize how wonderful she was about that. I didn’t like raw onions, so whenever she’d make enchiladas, she’d make mine without onions, and she’d put toothpicks in the top so we knew which ones were mine. You know what I mean?”

These are the little things that make Haaland who she is today. It’s how she can get so laser-focused and particular about the things her constituents need and why she vows to show up, fully and completely, for the Native American community. “I will do my best to always bring in tribal leaders to speak to the issues that affect them,” she says. “I don’t want to speak for tribes. But I feel like I can speak strongly in defending tribes and the U.S. government’s aggregation of their trust responsibility.”

If anything, she has the background and résumé to do just that.

As the kid of military parents, Haaland moved around a lot, but New Mexico is her home base: She graduated from high school in Albuquerque and went to the University of New Mexico and UNM Law School. Significant to Haaland being a first is that she’s also a working-class Indigenous woman who forged her own path into politics, without a silver spoon: As a young mom, she started a salsa company in the 1990s, delivering cases of the stuff out of her Maroon GMC Safari to grocers and gift stores across New Mexico. Her then-two-year-old daughter, Somah, would ride in the passenger seat.

“I wanted her with me 24 hours a day because I felt like I needed to influence her at that early age, and it paid off,” she says.

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Deb Haaland pictured with daughter Somah

While pursuing her law degree, Haaland made ends meet with the assistance of food stamps. And with such a busy schedule, she had to teach Somah how to ride the city bus to school in case her mom couldn’t be there. She earned her organizing chops volunteering for dozens of local and statewide campaigns, and mobilized Native voters on the 2004 John Kerry campaign and both of Barack Obama’s campaigns (she served as Obama’s Native American vote director in 2012). She eventually became the chair of the Democratic Party in New Mexico and ran for lieutenant governor in 2014. She’s also served as chairwoman of her tribe’s economic development corporation.

Dedicating much of her career to getting out the Native vote has primed Haaland to work even harder to protect it: In recent weeks the Supreme Court upheld a law in North Dakota that requires voters to show identification with a current street address, when many reservations don’t use physical street addresses, leaving thousands of voters disenfranchised and unable to vote. “Native Americans couldn’t vote in New Mexico until 1948, [but] we’ve had elected officials who are deeply invested in making sure underrepresented folks get to the polls,” Haaland says. “Every time I think about the voter suppression happening in our country, it makes we want to win even more so I can go to Congress and work to overcome that,” she told Glamour before Tuesday’s victory.

For those who can’t vote, Haaland is hoping to be their voice: Just as she stood with activists at Standing Rock to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline, Haaland is committed to expanding the use of renewable energy in her state and securing strong health care and education. Her inclusivity efforts won’t stop at her community, either: Somah, who’s now 24 and identifies as queer, has educated her mom on gender identity and LGBTQ issues. Haaland’s campaign priorities include working to close the pay gap for black, Latina, Indigenous, genderqueer, and transgender people, and fighting “bathroom bills” that restrict trans people from using public restrooms.

She’s unabashed about her criticism of Trump too. Haaland’s called out the President’s immigration policies, which have separated thousands of children from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border, and she is vocal about abolishing ICE. “It’s history repeating itself for no reason, other than a president who is just putting forward the most racist immigration policies we’ve almost ever seen,” she says, comparing the historic separation of Native Americans to the separation of migrant children from their parents.

But what makes Haaland so accessible, such a beacon for her community, is that she feels free to bare it all. Like many women who ran for office this election season, she didn’t hide parts of her story that might traditionally hurt a candidate. In one of her campaign ads, she climbs Albuquerque’s Sandias Mountains while revealing that she’s 30 years sober.

“Deb Haaland’s campaign for Congress is a representation of the culture shift that is being led by Native and Indigenous women to build a future that is safe, abundant, and connected,” says Vanessa Roanhorse, CEO of Roanhorse Consulting and cofounder of Native Women Lead. “We need a voice that can advocate for women’s reproductive rights, pushing for stronger laws to protect women and children from violence, and closing the pay equity gap that women, specifically Native American women, face, and a voice that has directly experienced the disparities themselves,” she continued.

“Deb is that voice and solution.”

What isn’t lost on Haaland is how this moment almost didn’t happen. While enrolled in Emerge New Mexico—a leadership and training program with the goal of getting more Democratic women into public office—she says she learned that if you ask a man to run for office, he’ll say yes the first time. Women, Haaland says, have to be asked seven times before they’ll actually run.

“I bet that’s one of the reasons why women don’t say yes right away,” she says. “If it were my mom, she would think, Who’s going to cook for my kids the way that I do?”

It’s a good thing she did: Along with Davids, Haaland’s historic win means that two Native American women—on the land where her indigenous ancestors lived—are now U.S. representatives. It took more than two centuries from the time Congress was established in 1789.

“Representation matters,” Haaland says. “I feel like some young Native women are seeing me and saying, ‘Finally, somebody who looks like me.'”


Jessica Militare is a journalist living in New York City.

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