“The many disputes and debates about women's self -presentation have shed more heat than light, I feel." Added Wilson. "Mrs Trump is different in as much as she has a visible role to play in which appearance is important but I find the attitude of Americans to the first lady extremely odd and rather backward. There seems to be an expectation that she is wholly subordinated to the role.”
In both Clinton and Trump’s cases, fashion created classic cases of prejudice. While the business provides a strong platform for messaging on heated social issues such as racism or domestic abuse, one wonders how an industry that tries so hard to pride itself on inclusiveness can feel okay about alienating a woman based on her husband’s political stance. Since when did fashion’s political agenda become synonymous with silent sexism?