Melania Trump wore a green, hooded military jacket from the fast-fashion brand Zara that read “I really don’t care, do u?” both as she departed and returned to Washington. The words were printed in white, in graffiti-style, on the jacket’s back.
For a fashion icon who doesn’t talk much, whatever she adorns is not simply style speak but a policy position
She is after all the FLOTUS. This is the take off so many. But the first lady’s team insisted that there was no hidden meaning behind the sartorial choice. “It’s a jacket. There was no hidden message. After today’s important visit to Texas, I hope the media isn’t going to choose to focus on her wardrobe. ”
It’s unclear who, exactly, first had the idea to say her coat’s message was directed at the media. But it quickly won approval in the West Wing and by the President.
Spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham Grisham underscored that message in a tweet with the hashtags #SheCares and #ItsJustAJacket.
And expectedly, POTUS Donald Trump ran to her aid, tweeting that it “refers to the Fake News Media. Melania has learned how dishonest they are, and she truly no longer cares!”
Really? Really. But then again she wore this jacket to Texas, for a visit to the Upbring New Hope Children’s Center, which houses 55 migrant children, to show she cared about migrant children. Her fashion choice carried a baffling counter-message. “‘I REALLY DON’T CARE, DO U?’ written on the back of Melania’
Mrs Trump changed into a pale yellow jacket before the plane landed in McAllen, But even after questions arose about her attire, Mrs Trump was back in the green jacket when she returned to Washington in 80-degree weather. She has shown that she won’t bow to public pressure or expectations about how she should comport herself as the first lady.
It’s not the first time the first lady’s fashion choices have caused a stir.
Last August, a pair of Mrs Trump’s signature spike heels earned her a round of bafflement as she boarded Air Force One bound for Texas to tour devastation after Hurricane Harvey. She had changed into white sneakers by the time she and the president landed.
At the second 2016 presidential debate, Mrs Trump showed up in a fuchsia silk blouse with a large bow at the neck, long known as a “pussy bow blouse.” That was just days after reports surfaced that her husband had made lewd remarks years earlier about grabbing women by the genitals.
On the other side of the political aisle, former first lady Michelle Obama routinely caught grief from some critics for going sleeveless.