Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Michelle Obama's designer will not dress Melania Trump
From The Grio
Sophie Theallet, who designed for Michelle Obama, is refusing to ever work with Melania Trump, and she’s calling on other designers to do the same.
In an open letter, Theallet said that her brand “will not participate in dressing or associating in any way with the next First Lady.”
She cited the “rhetoric of racism, sexism and xenophobia” that followed Donald Trump’s campaign and noted that her “bottom line is not just about money.”
“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,” she wrote in Thursday.
“The rhetoric of racism, sexism and xenophobia unleashed by her husband’s presidential campaign are incompatible with the shared values we live by,” she continued, adding, “I encourage my fellow designers to do the same. Integrity is our only true currency.”
She also described working with Michelle Obama as “a highlight and an honor.”
“She has contributed to having our name recognized and respected worldwide. Her values, actions and grace have always resonated deeply within me,” she said.
Good for Sophie! Guess Melania will have to go back to wearing this: