Fact Check: AOC Was NOT Photographed Wearing $3,900 Sunglasses -- It's Satire

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  • by: Christiana Dillard
Fact Check: AOC Was NOT Photographed Wearing $3,900 Sunglasses -- It's Satire Ray-Ban

Was Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez photographed wearing $3,900 sunglasses? No, that's not true: She was wearing a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses that are priced at less than $200 on the eyewear company's website. Also, this claim was on a known satirical page.

The claim appeared in an August 11, 2021, Facebook post (archived here) by The United Spot, a self-described satire page. It featured an image of Ocasio-Cortez wearing Ray-Ban sunglasses outside. The text read:

Just a socialist wearing $3900 sunglasses

This is what the post looked like on Facebook on August 13, 2021:

Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Fri Aug 13 15:13:26 2021 UTC)

The sunglasses she was wearing have the Ray-Ban logo on one of their lenses. Lead Stories found the pair on the Ray-Ban website, where as of August 13, 2021, they were being sold for $176. A screenshot of the product description of the sunglasses is below:

rayban 176.PNG

(Source: Ray-Ban website screenshot taken on Fri Aug 13 14:25:51 2021 UTC)

When organized from highest to lowest price on August 13, 2021, the most expensive pair of sunglasses on the Ray-Ban website was $3,454 (the glasses were made with solid gold). The next highest-priced item was drastically lower at $493. A screenshot of the website's most expensive sunglasses is below:

rayban high to low.PNG

(Source: Ray-Ban website screenshot taken on Fri Aug 13 14:28:40 2021 UTC)

Although her identification as a "socialist" has been contested by other socialist groups, Ocasio-Cortez has been critical of the ultrarich (archived here) and candid about her modest shopping habits. In tweets (archived here) of encouragement to then newly elected Rep. Cori Bush, Ocasio-Cortez shared how to dress for the role of congresswoman while on a budget. One of the tweets are embedded below:

(Source: Twitter screenshot taken on Fri Aug 13 15:16:33 2021 UTC)

Lead Stories has previously debunked several claims about or involving Ocasio-Cortez.

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  Christiana Dillard

Christiana Dillard is a former news writer for Temple University’s Lew Klein College of Media and Communication. She received her undergraduate degree in English Writing from the University of Pittsburgh. She has been a freelance writer for several organizations including the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation, Pitt Magazine, and The Heinz Endowments. When she’s not producing or studying media she’s binging it, watching YouTube videos or any interesting series she can find on streaming services.

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