Fashion designer Sophie Theallet is urging her colleagues in couture to follow her example by refusing to “dress” the future first lady Melania Trump.
“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,” Theallet wrote, reports Elle. “The rhetoric of racism, sexism, and xenophobia unleashed by her husband’s presidential campaign are incompatible with the shared values we live by. I encourage my fellow designers to do the same.”
Theallet says designing for current first lady Michelle Obama during her husband’s two terms as president was “a highlight and an honor.”
“She has contributed to having our name recognized and respected worldwide,” the designer continued about Obama. “Her values, actions, and grace have always deeply resonated with me.”