Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) made her TikTok debut by adding a unique flair to the #BussItChallenge. Instead of doing the typical #BussItChallenge, where women do a switch from their at-home aesthetic to club attire, Omar decided to do things a bit differently.
“It’s official. Taking on TikTok challenges,” she wrote on Twitter. “What else should I tackle here, I’m new to this and mostly trolling my kids.”
The 38-year-old has two daughters, Isra and Ilwad and a son, Adnan, with her husband Ahmed Hirsi.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) February 18, 2021
She rose from her couch in an olive green beanie, Mike Tyson crewneck and sweatpants as a clip from Nelly's "Hot In Here" played. But rather than proceed to Erica Banks’ viral song, Omar busted down into traditional prayer garments.
In her nearly 500 comments on Twitter, folks were heavily amused by Omar's authentic angle and championed her embracing her Black Muslim identity.
All these mad people in the comments saying "our tax dollars going to this" like they dont lick the boots of people in $10,000 suits that are ruining the ecosystem for money. Stay mad, yall. Rock it out, Omar.
— Claire ???? (@VampKittyClaire) February 18, 2021
I know someone is gonna say something about she should be spending her time better so I'm gonna say this real loud. She can do whatever she wants on her FREE TIME!!!
— Cory Neff (@CoryNeff2) February 18, 2021
This is my representative in Congress. She is amazeballs. You can say she is provocative, opinionated, even inexperienced and overzealous. You might be right. But you can't say she is mean, dispirited, evil, or otherwise corrupt. She's just an amazing human. Stay you @IlhanMN
— Ian Good (@iancgood) February 18, 2021
This is the greatest tweet I’ve seen all day
— please wear your mask (@greenenrgyfiend) February 18, 2021
Omar was officially elected as the first Somali-American Congress member in the United States in 2018 and began serving in January 2019. She is also the first woman of color to ever represent Minnesota in Congress.
On Wednesday, the congresswoman penned a piece for Cosmopolitan about her fight against the skin-whitening industry, where she broke down the “lasting and damaging health effects” of skin whitening and bleaching’s multi-billion dollar industry.