Melania Trump Wears Dolce & Gabbana Despite China Racism Row: Report

Melania Trump wearing a Dolce & Gabbana Dress back in 2017 (Image: Whitehouse via WikicCommons)

Despite knowing about the major racism row for the Dolce & Gabbana brand in China, U.S. First Lady Melania Trump wore a dress designed by the duo last week during a Thanksgiving dinner at the Trump family’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida according to reports.

American entertainment website Hollywood Life cited a source “close” to the First Lady as telling them:

“Melania has always been a huge fan of Dolce & Gabbana, she absolutely loves their clothes and likes both designers Domenico [Dolce] and Stefano [Gabbana] personally,” the source reportedly said.


The story also quoted the source as saying that “Melania was aware of the racism controversy” and that “Melania puts a lot of thought into everything she wears, so it was no accident that she purposely chose to wear a Dolce & Gabbana dress—especially as she has worn it previously–she did so as an act of solidarity and support for D & G.”

The First Lady has long been a fan of Dolce & Gabbana, wearing the brand often over the years as have many high-profile personalities in and out of politics.

The Evening Standard said that it was “not the smartest sartorial choice for the First Lady.”


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This is just another chapter in the ongoing saga of Dolce & Gabbana in China where an ad featured in an online video campaign sparked charges of racism at all levels of Chinese society, with even major eCommerce sites, including Alibaba, dropping the D&G brand from their offerings.

The controversy began after the D&G posted the videos to its official Weibo page – one, in particular, showed a Chinese model wearing D&G dress having difficulty eating Italian food like pizza with chopsticks.

There is also a bit of sexual innuendo when the voice of a male narrator asks “is it too huge for you?” The ads have all since been pulled.

The designers filmed a video of their apology and posted it to the official Dolce & Gabbana Twitter account.

 “Over the past few days, we have thought long and hard with great sadness about everything that has happened and what we have caused in your country and we are very sorry,” Domenico said in the video. “We have always been in love with China. We’ve visited it and seen many of its cities. We love your culture and we certainly have much to learn. That is why we are sorry if we made mistakes in the way we expressed ourselves.”

They additionally promised nothing like the ad will ever happen again.


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