A Fashion Boycott to Trump Hate
A fashion boycott was called for Melania Trump by designer Sophie Theallet stating she would not dress Trump and that other designers should follow.
“Donald Trump’s “rhetoric of racism, sexism, and xenophobia” as part of her reasoning said, Sophie Theallet.
Since Donald Trump has won the fashion industry has had to think about if it wants to play a role in the new administration at all. Our current first lady Michelle Obama has been styled to perfection by designers since she has stepped foot into the White House.
Michelle has even been on covers of magazines like Vogue and Essence now but it’s not safe to say that Melania Trump will receive the same treatment. On Thursday, Theallet posted an open letter to her Twitter account stating why she wouldn’t dress Melania Trump.
“The Sophie Theallet brand stands against all discrimination and prejudice. Our runway shows, ad campaigns, and celebrity dressing have always been a celebration of diversity and a reflection of the world we live in,” the French-born designer wrote, adding, “As one who celebrates and strives for diversity, individual freedom, and respect for all lifestyles. I will not participate in dressing or associate myself 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.”
Theallet also being an immigrant has been able to pursue her dreams in the United States with Donald Trump having run a platform for immigrant reform not many people agree with. Although Melania, an immigrant herself and former model has worn designer clothes.
Melania throughout the campaign has worn designers such as the 1,100 Gucci pussy-bow blouse. Trump’s spokesperson claims she isn’t working with any designers that she buys her clothes herself. There has been an absence of brands noting that she has been wearing their designs. Brands are usually happy to call attention to their work.