A fashion guru, who designed for the first lady, Michelle Obama, opened up a giant can of worms the other day when she issued a controversial letter last week. She said she would never dress incoming first lady Melania Trump, and advised: “my fellow designers to do the same.”
However, many are thinking Melania may get the last laugh: She’s hardly in need of another famous designer to fill her closet with outfits.
The designer in question, Sophie Theallet, dated the letter last Thursday.
According to reports, Theallet wrote:
“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,”
“The rhetoric of racism, sexism, and xenophobia unleashed by her husband’s presidential campaign are incompatible with the shared values we live by,” she carried on. “I encourage my fellow designers to do the same.”
“I am well aware it is not wise to get involved in politics,” She stated. “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.”
Many in the fashion industry whole-heartedly disagreed with Theallet’s decision.
“It would be hypocritical to say no to dressing a Trump,” Marcus Wainwright of Rag & Bone, stated to The New York Times. “If we say we are about inclusivity and making American manufacturing great again, then we have to put that before personal political beliefs.”
Celebrity designer Bradley Scott agreed. “First lady is first lady. It’s a position that should be exalted not disrespected,” he told Fox News. “I can’t believe anyone would basically spit at the opportunity. It’s so un-American.”
Of course, the ultimate irony is that Melania Trump hardly needs Theallet. The U.K. Daily Mail reported that Melania has worn designs from Ralph Lauren, Fendi, Gucci, Michael Kors and Dolce & Gabbana during her time on the campaign trail. Those are all famous-enough names, and all seem more than willing to do business with the incoming first lady.
Theallet isn’t the only person who has decided that anything that goes against her personal belief system is racist, sexist, xenophobic or whatever form of bigotry she wishes to name it. She is one of the most visible. However, Theallet’s stand is not only self-important, self-deluding and divisive, it’s also going to hurt nobody but herself. Nice work.
What this designer did was appalling. Sure, she has her freedom to choose who she works for, what she doesn’t have, though, is the ability to choose the consequence of her actions. Which, will invariably be, a GINORMOUS loss in business. What do you think of this designer’s decision? Scroll down to comment below!
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