JOINT BASE ANDREWS (CBSLA/CNN) — First lady Melania Trump took a trip to the U.S.-Mexico border on Thursday to tour an immigrant children’s shelter, but her trip is getting attention not only for her action, but her wardrobe choice.
As the first lady boarded her plane from Andrews Air Force Base, she wore an olive green jacket. The back of the jacket read: “I really don’t care. Do U?” in white graffiti-style lettering.
The $39 jacket by Zara made its debut last season.
Trump was not wearing the jacket when she landed in McAllen, Texas.
President Trump himself later confirmed the jacket’s message, saying it was in fact aimed at the “Fake News Media”.
The first lady’s team insisted that there was no hidden meaning behind the sartorial choice.
Spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham wrote: “Today’s visit w the children in Texas impacted @flotus greatly. If media would spend their time & energy on her actions & efforts to help kids – rather than speculate & focus on her wardrobe – we could get so much accomplished on behalf of children. #SheCares #ItsJustAJacket”
But Trump’s fashion has often played a leading role during her tenure as first lady.
The notoriously private former model is intentional about her wardrobe choices: the instantly-iconic white hat for the French state visit, her white suit at the State of the Union speech and the pussy bow blouse she donned after the “Access Hollywood” tape surfaced all sent a clear message.
When she travels abroad, she’s careful to choose outfits that conspicuously reflect the country she is visiting, including a belted jumpsuit in Saudi Arabia, her colorful dresses in France and Italy, and her nod to an Asian influence in Japan, China and South Korea.
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