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Michelle Obama's Stylist Pulls A Pete Souza And Brilliantly Trolls Melania Trump

Melania Trump’s jacket has ignited quite a firestorm.
06/25/2018 10:28am ET | Updated July 17, 2018

Melania Trump’s “I REALLY DON’T CARE, DO U?” Zara jacket has ignited quite a firestorm — prompting the rise of “I care” fashion as well as conflicting statements from the first lady’s spokeswoman and President Trump about what she meant to convey by wearing the garment.

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Melania Trump has been accused of sending a negative message with her jacket. 

Amid the denials, outrage, and debates over the first lady’s apparent lack of sensitivity to the plight of migrant children who have been separated from their parents comes a not-so-subtle jab from someone extremely familiar with FLOTUS fashion.

Following Melania‘s controversial appearance yesterday, Meredith Koop, the stylist to former first lady Michelle Obama, posted an Instagram message that emphasized the different messages conveyed by the women’s sartorial choices.

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In a post that would do former Obama White House photographer (and current Trump White House foil) Pete Souza proud, Koop pointed how Obama’s heart-print sweater spread a message of “love and compassion.” She added the tags #humanity and #decency, as well as several references in support of immigrant rights.

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Michelle Obama wore a heart-print sweater in 2011. 

Koop’s photo is from a 2011 Oregon State Beavers basketball game, which the Obamas attended in support of the former FLOTUS’s brother, Craig Robinson, who was the team’s head coach at the time.

The furor over Melania Trump’s jacket has also been compared to the criticism Obama once received for wearing sleeveless dresses that exposed her bare arms.

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