How Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became the face of a resurgent left. Even after a decade since Barack Obama first served in the White House, she's still demographically distinct from her colleagues in Congress. But with her social-media skills, intelligence and passion for arts, 'AOC' represents a new generation that's been clamouring for a voice. Minorities and women are now entering Congress in historic numbers, but Ocasio-Cortez's path was more unusual than most. After losing her father while she was still in college and discovering that she didn't have the same opportunities as other graduates, what seemed to scare her the most was not "can I do it?" but "how can I afford it?". Lisa Miller explores how Ocasio-Cortez overcame adversity and financial circumstances to change her life and pave the way for others to do the same.