If it weren't for Todd Akin, Sen. Claire McCaskill's reelection might have been a surprise. But after three months of campaigning against the guy who coined "legitimate rape," the biggest surprise in Missouri on election night was how fashionable McCaskill's daughters looked standing behind her during her victory speech. Lily (the one with the braid) and Maddie (cream-colored ruffles) instantly became the subject of social media and fashion fixation. Here are some sample tweets:
Claire McCaskill's daughter is bringing 90s era Chloe Sevigny realness.— Joshua Conkel (@JoshuaConkel) November 7, 2012
Claire McCaskill's daughter is so awkward. Why is her one sleeve blue?— Becca Ginns (@bginns) November 7, 2012
I'm beyond fascinated by Claire McCaskill's daughter's braid and collared shirt situation. #2012election— Lauren Ober (@OberandOut) November 7, 2012
The social media chatter soon led to blog posts, like one naming them "breakout style stars" on Styleite. BuzzFeed played up the Chloe Sevigny comparisons. The Huffington Post called them "a pleasant surprise" and asked, "Both ladies were so on-trend, non?" This is not the first time McCaskill's daughters have gotten some unexpected attention thanks to McCaskill's tendency to talk about her family on the Senate floor and tweet personal photos, but it perhaps was the highest profile instance. We asked Maddie what it's like to go through the meme wringer. Full disclosure: she and I are birthday card-level friends after meeting through mutual Mizzou college friends.
When did you discover you'd become a social media meme post-election?
I woke up pretty hungover around 9 a.m., checked Facebook and saw that a few friends had posted links on my wall.
Were you surprised by people's reactions?
Yes! It's weird seeing pictures of you weirdly zoomed in, as on the Huffington Post article. Also, people are calling Lily's hairstyle a milkmaid braid. We've always called it a crown braid.
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