President Elect Donald Trump’s actions not only effect him but they effect those who associate with him as well. But usually he just focuses on the him part. This time it is his wife Melania Trump who is bearing the brunt of his actions. A famous designer for Michelle Obama wrote an open letter informing the world they would not be designing anything for Melania Trump as First Lady and she told her fellow designers to do the same.
The woman who refuses to dress the incoming First Lady is designer Sophie Theallet. Her letter, which she wrote on Thursday, said,
“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. I encourage my fellow designers to do the same.
I am well aware it is not wise to get involved in politics. 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.”
However, she seems to be somewhat alone in this sentiment. While many have followed her lead and refused to dress Melania Trump many disagreed with her actions and have said so.
Marcus Wainwright of Rag & Bone told the New York Times,
“It would be hypocritical to say no to dressing a Trump. If we say we are about inclusivity and making American manufacturing great again, then we have to put that before personal political beliefs.”
Bradley Scott who is a famous celebrity designer chimed in and said the following,
“First lady is first lady. It’s a position that should be exalted not disrespected. I can’t believe anyone would basically spit at the opportunity. It’s so un-American.”
But this is even considering the fact that Melania Trump would take anything from them. She likely has been designed for for many years by top notch designers. So does she even need them anyways? In the past she has worn designers such as Fendi, Ralph Lauren, Gucci, Michael Kors and Dolce & Gabbana. All while on the campaign trail too.
It is unfortunate that the very people who preach tolerance, acceptance, and open mindedness are refusing to dress someone simply because they disagree with them, or in reality, with their husband. That is the antithesis of so called liberalism but yet so embodies what it has actually become.