A fashion designer who has designed clothes for Michelle Obama during her time as first lady made headlines last week when she announced in an open letter that she will refuse to design clothes for Melania Trump. Unfortunately for the designer, however, this move has now come back to bite her in a big way.
Conservative Tribune reported that designer Sophie Theallet released the letter last Thursday.
“As one who celebrates and strives for diversity, individual freedom and respect for all lifestyles, I will not participate in dressing or associating in any way with the next first lady,” Theallet wrote, according to The Hill. “The rhetoric of racism, sexism and xenophobia unleashed by her husband’s presidential campaign are incompatible with the shared values we live by. I encourage my fellow designers to do the same.”
“I am well aware it is not wise to get involved in politics,” she noted. “That said, as a family-owned company, our bottom line is not just about money. We value our artistic freedom and always humbly seek to contribute to a more humane, conscious and ethical way to create in this world.”
Unfortunately for Theallet, not all of the typically-liberal fashion industry is supportive of her boycott. Mad World News reported that Tommy Hilfiger, a fashion designer who is far more famous than Theallet, spoke out this week to defend Melania.
“I think Melania is a very beautiful woman and I think any designer should be proud to dress her,” Hilfiger said.
“Ivanka is equally as beautiful and smart, although she wears her own clothes,” he continued last night. “I don’t think people should become political about it. Everyone was very happy to dress Michelle [Obama] as well. I think they look great in the clothes. You’re not gonna get much more beautiful than Ivanka or Melania.”
Hilfiger isn’t the only fashion name that has been supportive of Melania. During her husband’s campaign, she wore designs by Ralph Lauren, Fendi, Gucci, Michael Kors and Dolce & Gabbana, all names far more famous than Theallet’s. In the end, Melania has gotten the last laugh, and Theallet will not be missed in her staff!
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