One of the perks of being the First Lady of the United States is fashion designers fall all over themselves in a bid to get the First Lady to wear their clothing, as the First Lady is one of the most visible women in the world. However, for Melania Trump her reality will be a far different experience as a major fashion designer is beginning to beat the war drum that designers should boycott providing her with anything to wear at all.
Designer Sophie Theallet penned an open letter which she posted to Twitter stating her intentions to not to support Trump, or his wife, during their time in the White House. She wrote:
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.
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.
That seems fair enough, and here comes the hammer blow:
As one celebrates and strives for diversity, individual freedom, and respect for all lifestyles, I will not participate with 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.
When asked about her decision Theallet told Refinery29, “I thought doing this initiative would be a nice way to remind people who will be most affected by the election outcome that there are people and organizations fighting for you everyday, before Trump and after.”