52 years old Sophie Theallet New York-based French fashion designer has refuse to dress first lady Melania Trump because of the political views of her husband, President-elect Donald Trump.
Sophie Theallet wrote in an open letter published Thursday that:
“As one who celebrates and strives for diversity, individual freedom and respect for all lifestyles, I will not participate in dressing or associating in any way with the next first lady,”
“The rhetoric of racism, $exism and xenophobia unleashed by her husband’s presidential campaign are incompatible with the shared values we live by.”
“I am well aware it is not wise to get involved in politics,” Theallet added. “That said, as a family-owned company, our bottom line is not just about money.”
Theallet, has worked in the United States for more than fifteen years,she is a regular fixture at New York’s fashion week and she has dressed US First Lady Michelle Obama, several times and Michelle has provided welcome publicity by wearing several of the designer’s dresses since 2009.
“She has contributed to having our name recognized and respected worldwide,” Theallet wrote of the current first lady. “Her values, actions and grace have always resonated deeply within me,”Theallet added.
Her letter has however,prompted a flood of negative reactions on social media.