Vogue gushes over Wendy Davis

Caroline May | Reporter

The summer’s Democratic hero, Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis — whose 13-hour filibuster against a Texas abortion-restricting bill catapulted her into the national spotlight — is set to be featured in the September issue of Vogue.

The gushy profile, published online Thursday, details Davis’ personal story from a single teen mom to political star.

“Looking back, I don’t know if I could do it again. But somehow you just have the energy to do what you have to do,” she told Vogue of being a single mom and attending community college classes in the morning while she worked as a paralegal. “And the great thing was, after a year, I realized that college wasn’t only for other people.”

Davis’ hair struggles (she admitted to having “super-supercurly hair”), clothing (“She loves to put on something nice, dresses by Chloé and Victoria Beckham, and Miu Miu heels or Louboutins”), home life (she lives in a “Spanish-style town house”) and speculation about a potential run for Texas governor are also prominently featured.

In the profile, Davis revealed that she was not always interested in politics, finding such conversations boring when out with her second husband Jeff Davis, a lawyer and the youngest person to be elected to the Fort Worth city council.

“I remember we’d go into restaurants and everyone wanted to talk politics, and I thought, God, this is soooo boring,” she said.

From bored with politics to Harvard law, law career to city council seat, and State Senate to household name, the profile delves into her potential run for governor.

“I feel confident that the next campaign will sort itself out in due time,” Davis wrote Vogue in an email after Republican Gov. Rick Perry announced he would not seek reelection. “For now my priorities remain the same—focusing on the work at hand and fighting to make Texas a great place for all families.”

The word “abortion” — the practice she fought to protect after 20-weeks of pregnancy in her multi-hour filibuster — does not appear a single time in the nearly 3,000 word essay. The word “antiabortion” appears three times.

Since the Perry announcement, Davis has remained coy about her future plans. At the National Press Club last week, Davis said Texas needed a change, but would not reveal if she will run.

“I can say with absolute certainty that I will run for one of two offices: Either my state Senate seat or the governor,” she said at the Press Club.

This week, a lawyer and lobbyist Robert Miller published a report claiming that “credible sources” have told him Davis will run for governor in 2014.

Davis posed in the Texas Capitol for her Vogue spread, titled “Stand and Deliver: After Her 12-Hour Filibuster, How Far Will Texas Senator Wendy Davis Run.”

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