State of the Union Address: Jill Biden, Nancy Pelosi and More Support Ukraine Through Their Fashion


The world is closely watching the unfolding crisis in Ukraine, where there is a daily loss of lives, livelihoods and property due to Russian aggression. As people, including many Indians, are caught in the crossfire between the two nations, Ukraine is finding support around the world, especially from the United States, which has condemned Russia’s actions and imposed penalties.

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During US President Joe Biden’s first State of the Union address – which is an annual message given by the president to members of Congress around the start of a calendar year – first lady Jill Biden was seen delivering to make a strong political statement in support of Ukraine through her fashion.

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Her outfit choice for the occasion included one of the colors of the Ukrainian flag: blue. She arrived at the United States Capitol wearing a long-sleeved blue dress with a boat neck and cutout details on the sleeves.

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Besides that, what was more impressive was the fact that there was a subtle addition on the right wrist – it was a small embroidered sunflower, which is the national flower of Ukraine.

But, she was not the only one. Many members of the House and Senate wore blue and yellow ribbons, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi was also seen giving a nod to Ukraine in a blue pantsuit.

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In fact, rep Cheri Bustos even wore a suit consisting of a blue blazer, blue skirt, and yellow blouse. There was an embroidered sunflower on the blazer, and she took to Twitter to share her thoughts on the ongoing crisis in Europe: “Today I wear the colors of the Ukrainian flag because #IStandWithUkraine. We must do everything possible to protect our democracies from those who wish to harm them.

Representative Carolyn Maloney chose to wear the traditional Ukrainian national costume called ‘vyshyvanka occasionally.

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