Dr. Jill Biden’s State of the Union Dress Featured a Ukrainian Symbol Of Hope

In a show of support for Ukraine, first lady Jill Biden wore a deep violet LaPointe silk dress with a custom embroidered sunflower on her sleeve during President Joe Biden’s first State of the Union address. The seemingly simple style detail was an outward statement meant to signify solidarity with the pro-democracy movement and the Ukrainian people following Russia’s attack on the country.  Dr. Biden was seated next to Ukraine’s ambassador to the U.S., Oksana Markarova, whom she greeted with a warm hug before her husband’s speech began. 

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Ukraine had previously designated the sunflower the national flower of the country. However, it  wasn’t a looming symbol of resistance until a viral video emerged showing a Ukrainian woman suggesting a Russian solider to put sunflower seeds in his pocket so that flowers would grow when he met his inevitable match against Ukrainian forces. 

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