Sophie Theallet said she is against racism and discrimination caused by Donald Trump.
The designer vowed not to dress the incoming first lady and asks the fellow designers to do the same.
New York-based French designer Sophie Theallet who has dressed Michelle Obama for years posted an open letter on Thursday, November 17. The letter, according to Vanity Fair lists the reasons as to why she didn’t want to work with the Trump family.
Being an immigrant herself Sophie Theallet moved in U.S. to pursue her career in the fashion industry. The designer considers her brand as a company who is all about diversity. In her open letter she posted on Twitter, she wrote:
“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 to 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.”
Donald Trump during the campaign had been in several controversies for making statements about wanting to ban other nationalities in America. Trump also made headlines for negative comments about black people. Theallet seems to see Trump as a racist for that reason.
“I am well aware it is not wise to get involved in politics,” Theallet writes, “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.”
While Theallet doesn’t want to be involved with Melania Trump and her family, she seems to have a good relationship with the current first lady. The designer stated in her letter that dressing the current first lady Michelle Obama is the highlight of her career. Theallet has so much respect for the first lady for being a good role model. She also revealed that she admires the first lady for her values, action and grace.
Sophia Theallet closed his open letter by encouraging her fellow designers to follow her lead.
At the moment, Melania Trump doesn’t have an exclusive designer. Many of her outfits according to sources, are purchased on the rack or bought online. People are left wondering how the fashion industry will work its way with the Trumps.
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