Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis, who took an ultimately unsuccessful stand against a strict new abortion bill with her 11-hour filibuster on the floor of the Texas Capitol, is in Vogue — the magazine, that is.
Davis, who had her first daughter when she was 18, told the magazine of her teenage years: “I decided I knew everything in the world, and I moved in with my boyfriend.”
“It was all about escape and rebellion,” the Democratic lawmaker said.
Davis and her boyfriend married, then divorced when she was 19.
“Looking back, I don’t know if I could do it again,” she said. “But somehow you just have the energy to do what you have to do.”
Davis married her second husband, a lawyer and a city councilman, in her 20s and told Vogue she initially had zero interest in politics.
“I remember we’d go into restaurants and everyone wanted to talk politics, and I thought, ‘God, this is soooo boring,’” she said.
The magazine, which hits newsstands Aug. 20, notes Davis’ “Spanish-style town house” with exposed beams in the kitchen. She has two daughters, ages 31 and 24, and is dating the former mayor of Austin. In addition to discussing the challenges faced by Texas Democrats, the glossy also notes Davis’ “naturally curly hair and the inconceivable number of products she collects to tame it.”
Davis, who has ignited speculation about a possible run for governor, was coy to Vogue about her plans for the future.
“I feel confident that the next campaign will sort itself out in due time,” she said after longtime Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry announced he won’t seek re-election. “For now my priorities remain the same—focusing on the work at hand and fighting to make Texas a great place for all families.”
At the same time, Davis made clear that she is a “competitive person.”
“You won’t change things unless you are prepared to fight, even if you don’t win,” she said. “But I do hate losing.”