Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) said this week that it's way more difficult being a person in the spotlight than you might think. The freshman lawmaker is known for never shying away from sharing her thoughts and personal life on social media.
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During a Tuesday interview with Huff Post, Ocasio-Cortez said she relates to Meghan Markle, the American-born Duchess of Sussex.
Recently, Markle lamented fame and a lack of privacy during an emotional television interview. The freshman congresswoman said of Markle's comments in a tweet: "Sudden prominence is a very dehumanizing experience. There's a part of your life that you lose, & it later dawns on you that you'll never get it back. The people who treat you like a human make all the difference."
During her interview with the Huff Post, Ocasio-Cortez said that she just doesn't "get to be a human."
"Sometimes I just want to be a human being. And you don't get to be a human any more," said Ocasio-Cortez, who turned 30 on Oct. 13. "Everything you do from wearing sweatpants to the bodega to getting a haircut ― every personal decision you make for yourself is never going to be yours any more."
“I feel an enormous amount of empathy for [Markle]," she continued, "because it requires an enormous amount of tools to be resilient ― and also to stay human in that."
Ocasio-Cortez also added that her own rise to prominence was "one of the most stressful experiences ever."
“You kind of grieve for [your old life]," she admitted. "It has its highs and it has its lows. A lot of people look at the highs, but sometimes it feels like you got a tattoo on your face that you didn't ask for. It's hard. It's very hard. Sometimes you just want to get a drink or eat a hamburger."
'My job is to love people'
Despite the traumas of instant fame, Ocasio-Cortez said that she isn't going to fail her constituents by hiding herself away.
"In order for me to do my job, I need to be connected to people," she said. “My job is to love people. And that's very difficult sometimes given the amount of barriers."
Ocasio-Cortez added that she enjoys spending time with the friends she made before she skyrocketed to political fame.
"[T]hey knew me when no one cared who I was," she said. “They let me know if they think I'm wrong or if they want to ask me a question."