Published On: Thu, Aug 29th, 2019

Melania Trump under attack as First Lady forced to fight ‘biased’ artists – FLOTUS latest | World | News

Speaking to Express.co.uk, the US political and cultural commentator claimed has been unfairly treated by the art and fashion world in America as many designers have steered away from collaborating with the First Lady. Mr Horyn claimed the decision of some designers or magazines editors such as Marc Jacobs and Vogue’s Editor in Chief Anna Wintour to boycott Melania – while allowing Michelle Obama to be on the cover of the magazine – is “disgusting and unacceptable”. 

He said: “First and foremost is very difficult to separate art from politics.

“But I think, especially when it comes to Vogue’s Anna Wintour who is a notorious leftist, very strongly opinionated in the cause of the Democratic Party.

“She is obviously not going to use her platform to support a Republican First Lady.

“And that’s political bias infecting the art. And that’s unfortunate.

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“In terms of designers, I think it was Dolce & Gabbana who said that what Marc Jacob said was disgusting and unacceptable.

“He essentially said she was a terrible person.

“They as artists should be elevating art. The political discourse is generally separate.

“And, in art, as Melania has demonstrated, you can use fashion to articulate a point of view but its hidden prime is to politicise that person.

“And that’s what they’ve done. 

The first designer to speak up against Melania Trump was Sophie Theallet who wrote an open letter in 2017 clamming Donald Trump’s “sexism, xenophobia and racism” were incompatible with the values shared by her company.

Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford and Derek Lam quickly followed.

But designers Thom Browne and Tommy Hilfiger criticised the decision to boycott the First Lady for being “political”.

Mr Hilfiger told Women’s Wear Daily in 2017: “I think Melania is a very beautiful woman and I think any designer should be proud to dress her.”


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