Colorado state Rep. Leslie Herod is one of dozens of women featured in Marie Claire magazine’s November 2017 “Power Issue.”

In the monthly fashion magazine, Herod, 35, talks about maintaining a work-life balance and doing what she loves.

Herod, the state’s first openly gay African-American woman to serve in the legislature, took to social media this week to share her excitement about the magazine blurb.

“I’m not going to lie. I’m really excited about this. Ever since I was a young girl, I have been obsessed with women’s magazines,” she said on Facebook.

“Unfortunately, I was always hard pressed to find images of people who looked like me on the pages. I have been pleasantly surprised by the trend toward more inclusive depiction of women and political issues over the years. But I never thought I would actually see myself on one of these pages!”

This is not the first time Herod has made it into the pages of an international fashion magazine. In January, Herod, who represents House District 8 in Denver County, was profiled in Elle Magazine. In the first person narrative account called “Why I ran,” she talks about growing up in a single-parent household, having a mother who struggled with drug addiction.

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