It runs in the family! See how Kamala Harris’ adorable nieces channelled her at the inauguration

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US Vice-President Kamala Harris waves while walking with her family during the 46th presidential inauguration parade. (Photo: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
US Vice-President Kamala Harris waves while walking with her family during the 46th presidential inauguration parade. (Photo: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Their auntie isn’t the only fashion-forward member of the clan!

Kamala Harris, America’s brand-new vice president – and the first woman and person of colour to hold this position – has often been praised for her style and elegance. And she was the epitome of chic at the 20 January inauguration ceremony when she and President Joe Biden were sworn into office.

But the apple clearly doesn’t fall far from the tree. Her niece, Meena Harris, and her daughters, five-year-old Amara and three-year-old Leela Ajagu, also stunned in their breathtaking outfits.

Meena, who’s the CEO of Phenomenal Woman, a grassroots initiative that promotes activism and empowerment of women, and a bestselling children’s author, took to Instagram to post an adorable picture of her girls at the ceremony. The pair are in matching faux fur animal print coats with black combat boots, which were a tribute to their great-aunt.

The outfits were chosen because they resemble a coat Kamala wore when she was a kid.

“Special coats to look just like Auntie’s,” Meena caption her post.

Meena (36), who’s also an attorney, turned heads herself in a ruffled green Ulla Johnson top and matching skirt with gorgeous embroidery detail. She completed the look with a matching green Coach shearling jacket and sparkly silver stiletto boots.

Her husband, Nikolas Ajagu (37), who’s a global head of partnerships at Facebook, edged things up by wearing $21 000 (about R315 000) Dior x Air Jordan 1 sneakers.

Meena has been candid about how her mom, Maya Harris, who’s a lawyer, and her aunt Kamala inspired her to be an independent woman. They were the inspiration behind her kids’ book, Ambitious Girl, which highlights the hardships women still face in the world.

“My mom, aunt and grandma raised me to believe that ambition was a good thing,” Meena told British Vogue.

“They taught me that ambition means owning and living your purpose. It means determination. It never occurred to me until I was much older that this could be anything but positive, something to be celebrated.”

Meena added she was also inspired by her children to write the book.

“As a mom to black daughters, diversity and representation in children’s books has always been important to me.

“When I was growing up, I almost never saw faces like mine in picture books. And while things have got ever so slightly better, think about this: in 2018, there were as many kids’ books with animals as main characters as there were books with black, Latinx, Asian or native main characters combined.

“That same year, only a fifth of children’s books were written or illustrated by people of colour,” she said.

Meena says her bond with her aunt hasn’t changed since she was elected vice president.

“I talk to her all the time. We're super close. It's a special relationship. That very much is unchanged,” she told People Magazine.

“I'm grateful that we have that bond. It's strong and I'm glad that it has not really been affected in any way by all the craziness.”

Sources: People, British Vogue, Town and Country, Instagram

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