Melania Trump’s “I really don’t care, do u?” Zara jacket has ignited quite a firestorm — prompting the rise of “I care” fashion as well as conflicting statements from the first lady’s spokeswoman and President Trump about what she meant to convey by wearing the garment.
Amid the denials, outrage, and debates over the first lady’s apparent lack of sensitivity to the plight of migrant children who have been separated from their parents comes a not-so-subtle jab from someone extremely familiar with FLOTUS fashion.
Following Melania‘s controversial appearance yesterday, Meredith Koop, the stylist to former first lady Michelle Obama, posted an Instagram message that emphasized the different messages conveyed by the women’s sartorial choices.
In a post that would do former Obama White House photographer (and current Trump White House foil) Pete Souza proud, Koop pointed how Obama’s heart-print sweater spread a message of “love and compassion.” She added the tags #humanity and #decency, as well as several references in support of immigrant rights.
Koop’s photo is from a 2011 Oregon State Beavers basketball game, which the Obamas attended in support of the former FLOTUS’s brother, Craig Robinson, who was the team’s head coach at the time.
The furor over Melania Trump’s jacket has also been compared to the criticism Obama once received for wearing sleeveless dresses that exposed her bare arms.
Here's why the "I really don't care" jacket worn by Melania Trump matters.
Michelle's sleeveless dress caused outrage.
Barack caught hell for a tan suit.
If either Obama went to a humanitarian crisis with messaging like this, right-wing America would've hammered them forever. pic.twitter.com/EsuzxoC4JE
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) June 21, 2018
When they go low…
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) June 21, 2018
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