I knew that bold red lip was feminine but also a bit brazen, that it would stand out in a sea of pale and male faces. I knew my white blazer would be noticeable too, and that white is energetically associated with purity and integrity. I chose my words and my delivery carefully, staying professional while also challenging misperceptions and falsehoods. I was forceful – not only addressing members of Congress and other witnesses, but also members of the crypto community – a group of people who doubted, denigrated, and demeaned me both in public and in private. My style sent a clear message
. I’m here and deserve to occupy this space; deal with it.
Early in my career, I received a lot of unwelcome attention for dressing in a feminine manner. Women are often blamed for this, as though we somehow choose to have tits or a great ass? I’ve learned to embrace the spotlight and the fact that I stand out. I love showing up to a meeting dressed in a very feminine style, then bust out chopping it up and dropping knowledge all over, leaving jaws on the floor.
In 2019, right before New York’s week-long crypto conference orgy was about to kick off, I went to Lowe’s and purchased a toilet. I was speaking at the Magical Crypto Conference where Chris Yardley had brought a live bull to the conference. I knew I needed to up my game.
When you bring a toilet filled with chocolate coins on stage at a crypto conference, you can’t really wear jeans and a hoodie. So I opted to dress like a human pinata, in a skirt with sparkly fringe – ridiculous, unnecessary, but also, very fun. I knew it would be a meme, and so I embraced the meme. If I’m going to be known for shitcoins, I might as well have some fun with it. Style is how we create some memorable moments that embrace the weirdness!
What we wear every day is a choice, just like the energy we do (or don’t) bring to our work and the language we use. I choose to use my style in a way that helps me articulate my perspective. This makes me more powerful in my work, while also bringing levity and joy to these meetings and interactions. After all, who doesn’t want to look really fucking fabulous while building a new financial system? I, for one, am all in.