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April 16 2018

Fashion Magazines Ignoring First Lady

by Charlotte Hays

Vogue magazine, the arbiter of fashion, couldn't get enough of Michelle Obama.

The same has not been true of Melania Trump.  The New York Post observes:

Magazines are showing no love for Melania Trump.

The internet was in a tizzy last week when actor James Woods pointed out via Twitter that the first lady hasn’t been a muse for the magazine industry since her husband, President Trump, took office.

Woods tweeted: “If the Trumps were Democrats, Melania would be on every cover of every chic women’s magazine in the world every month.”

The tweet, which was accompanied by an old photo of the first lady sitting in a gilded chair in a pale blue strapless dress, struck a chord, garnering 62,000 likes, 20,000 retweets and 4,900 comments.

During her tenure as first lady, Melania has only graced one magazine cover — Vanity Fair Mexico — in February 2017.

Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue,  was an Obama fundraiser and bundler, and the fashion coverage reflected Ms. Winter's political affiliation. Mrs. Obama was on three Vogue covers (and it was Vogue in the U.S.).

Wintour met with Melania Trump in Trump Tower in December 2016, sparking rumors that Vogue coverage was in the offing.

Before Donald Trump entered politics, taking positions the fashion world largely rejects, Vogue was more hospitable to  Melania Trump. When the Trumps married in Palm Beach in April of 2005, Vogue extensively covered the wedding, even dispatching Vogue's own Andre Leon Talley to help Melania purchase her Dior gown (a much-photographed shopping trip).

Take-away: in the world of fashion, it's not just the clothes.

You have to wear the right ideas and political philosophy, too.

Independent Women’s Forum’s mission is to improve the lives of Americans by increasing the number of women who value free markets and personal liberty. Sister organization of Independent Women’s Voice.
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