Even before the Trumps moved into the White House in January 2017, Melania has been receiving a lot of flack for her unconventional -- and frankly, unaffordable -- fashion choices. From the $51,000 Dolce & Gabbana jacket she donned in Italy last summer to the sky-high heels she sported while visiting Hurricane Harvey relief volunteers, FLOTUS' fashion habits are, like the first lady before her, under intense scrutiny of the American public.
So much so that when Melania flew to Texas to visit migrant children separated from her family, her $39 Zara jacket emblazoned with "I Really Don't Care, Do U" caused so much controversy that it inspired the creation of anti-Trump jackets in response and more than a slew of scathing responses from various Hollywood elites.
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More shocking than the sartorial choice itself was her husband's contradictory response to the outfit. “I REALLY DON’T CARE, DO U?” written on the back of Melania’s jacket, refers to the Fake News Media. Melania has learned how dishonest they are, and she truly no longer cares!" Trump tweeted on June 21.
“I REALLY DON’T CARE, DO U?” written on the back of Melania’s jacket, refers to the Fake News Media. Melania has learned how dishonest they are, and she truly no longer cares!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 21, 2018
A month and a half later, the news of her controversial jacket choice has yet to die down. And it's unlikely that it will until another controversial fashion moment comes along.
Melania's not done yet, says former White House Aide Omarosa Manigault Newman in her new tell-all book that's set to be released on August 14. FLOTUS plans to "divorce" Trump as soon as his term is over -- and until then, she's punishing him with her "style rebellion."
According to Omarosa, Melania's statement-making Zara jacket, much like the pussy bow she sported at the second presidential debate following Trump's "grab them by the p****" bombshell, has a hidden meaning behind it. And it's not just because she likes a particular look.
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"She wore that jacket to hurt Trump, setting off a controversy that he would have to fix, prolonging the conversation about the administration's insensitivity, ruining the trip itself, and trying to make sure that no one asked her to do something like that again," she continued. Omarosa lists a few occasions in which Melania has gone on a style rebellion, from the Hillary Clinton white pantsuit at Trump's first SOTU address to those heels in Texas.
"The messages behind her style choices aren't always clear, but they are never accidental," she concluded.