Michelle Obama's 'Vote' Necklace Goes Viral
Michelle Obama had a clear message for viewers watching the Democratic National Convention (DNC) on Monday night: Vote.
The former first lady gave an impassioned speech during the DNC addressing the various issues plaguing the United States right now, including racial injustice and the coronavirus pandemic. But her words were not the only attention-grabbing part of her appearance. Dangling and glittering from her neck was a simple gold necklace that spelled out V-O-T-E.
Immediately after the Chicago native took to the screen, viewers clamored to the internet to rave about the "Michelle Obama necklace," and to try to track down the jewelry designer.
While plenty of dupes are already available on Etsy and elsewhere, Obama’s necklace is actually a custom-made piece from BYCHARI, a Black-owned jewelry brand based in Los Angeles, California.
"I was at my office, and I just sat there as my phone was going crazy, and I started to cry," said the necklace’s creator, Chari Cuthbert, to CNN of the moment she saw Obama wearing her necklace.
The outlet noted that Meredith Koop, Obama's longtime stylist for the last decade, had commissioned the piece back in July and that she “built all of the outfit options” she offered to her client around the “VOTE” necklace.
Retailing for about $300, Cuthbert went on to tell CNN that, since the necklace’s unveiling, orders were nearing 2,000, which led her to make "frantic" calls to suppliers. She hopes she and her team “can start to turn necklaces around as quickly as two weeks.”
BYCHARI shared a snapshot of Obama in their necklace with a sweet note, calling her “one of the most impactful women on the planet — not to mention a style icon!”
“To say we’re inspired by her dedication to helping others and lifting up women and minorities would be an understatement. We are so honored that she chose to wear our VOTE necklace at the 2020 Democratic National Convention,” they wrote.