What were she and her team thinking when they decided it was okay for her to wear this particular jacket?
A couple of weeks ago, everyone was talking about Meghan Markle and the fact that she will have to dress modestly for the rest of her life (or at least as long she remains in the royal family) in order to honor the title she holds and also to maintain the family's public image. Though, personally, I’m an advocate for people wearing whatever they like, I also believe that we can say quite a lot with the things we choose to wear at certain events. If you’re a public figure and someone who will have all the eyes of the world on you whenever you go out in public, your outfit choice will definitely say something. So, yesterday, when the FLOTUS was seen getting into her plane to go visit immigrant children in Texas wearing that “unfortunate” (not to say tasteless) jacket, she was giving quite a direct message. To whom? It’s not that clear.
The last few days have allowed us to see a very dark side of the United States led by quite a sinister character. But ever since all the zero-tolerance and family-separation policies were made public, more than just exposing the horrors this administration is willing to perpetuate, it showed us how dangerous it is to let someone with no political experience and a terrible and unfocused thirst for power in the White House. Besides the mocking tone Trump used when he signed his executive order to keep families together, it was said that he had been pushed by no one else but his loving wife after she had declared how much she hated seeing families torn apart. So, what the hell was she thinking when she decided to wear that particular jacket to visit these children?
In case you haven’t seen the photo (which is very unlikely since it’s basically everywhere), our dear First Lady decided to round up her look with an olive green jacket with a huge white graffiti-like message that reads “I really don’t care, do u?” Immediately after the first photos were released, people started questioning the First Lady for her “insensitive” and “unthinking” choice, to which her communications director, Stephanie Grisham, declared in a statement that it was just a jacket and that there was no “hidden message.” I think that it's very clear for us, and it’s actually quite a direct message. The fact that Grisham tried to play it off as just a random and innocent clothing choice is, for me, an insult to our intelligence.
Melania, as most public figures, is well aware of the impact her image (and thus her clothing) has, mainly as a person whose every move and expression will be on the media and seen around the world immediately. I mean, stuff you’d normally not notice in a video, like the many times she’s subtly pushed her husband’s hand away, have gone viral. So, she’s well aware that she’ll be scrutinized both for what she looks like and every single thing she does. I mean, really, do you remember the huge backlash she received when she wore heels in Texas after Hurricane Harvey?
Now, let’s pretend that she really wore that particular jacket without really thinking it through. How many people do you think work for her and are in charge of taking care of her image and public appearances? What about them, did they really miss the huge message on her back? I don’t think so. I believe that she and her team chose that ugly jacket on purpose, but the real question here is why and what for? Was it, as her husband claimed, a jab at the “fake news media”? Was she challenging her husband? We might never know, but still, I think it gives us a good idea of the three years we still have ahead of us.