This year, avoiding the presidential election in unfamiliar, and frankly non-political, outlets has become near impossible. At no point throughout the election process has this been more apparent than now, an inconceivable outcome for everyone considering how flooded the media was with it leading up to actual voting.
If you support Trump, Clinton or neither, your political opinion alone shouldn’t become a factor in the other aspects of your life. Possibly no one else is forced to feel that more than soon-to-be first lady Melania Trump, who has had designers publicly state their refusal to work with or dress her.
One such case comes from designer Sophie Theallet, who has even gone as far as to request a full boycott towards Melania Trump by the entire fashion industry.
Tommy Hilfiger has also become another outspoken individual. He was one of the first designers to address Theallet’s statements, but not in the way she or many others may have expected.
“I think Melania is a very beautiful woman and I think any designer should be proud to dress her. Ivanka is equally as beautiful and smart, although she wears her own clothes. I don’t think people should become political about it,” stated Hilfiger. “Everyone was very happy to dress Michelle [Obama] as well. I think they look great in the clothes. You’re not gonna get much more beautiful than Ivanka or Melania.”
Some may agree or disagree with him, but no individual would want to be discriminated against for their political opinion. That is why, theoretically, this is the most correct stance one can take with the situation.
Theallet is more than entitled to her opinion of Donald, his campaign, Melania and any other aspect of the election. That said, there isn’t any difference between Theallet calling for fashion’s boycott of Melania based on her political views and someone else doing the same to her for having the opposite stance.
Our country desperately needs to come to the realization that a person’s political affiliation does not define them. At the moment, that’s more of a hopeful thought than an expectation.