I was going to start this thing off by presenting a list of all the messed up things that have happened since Donald Trump became president, but doing so would send me into a depression spiral so severe I’d fail to make my point. Sufficient to say, things are… not good. Which is why it’s deeply unsettling that Vogue continues to report on Melania Trump’s outfits as if everything is fine.
Take, for example, this recent post on Melania’s solar eclipse look. While most media outlets and meme accounts were focused on the fact that Trump looked directly into the solar eclipse like a goddamn moron, Vogue is out here discussing Melania’s Jason Wu sheath dress, praising it as a “polished choice” for the occasion. The language is so ordinary and mundane, one would think that the world was not crumbling around us on account of her husband’s incompetence.
This is hardly a one-off. Here they are discussing her “boldest look yet,” here she is “setting off for Paris in an Escada pantsuit,” and here she is “emerging for the G20 summit” in a “flapper-inspired frock.” Literally every time Melania Trump leaves the White House, Vogue is writing a totally normal post about how chic she looks. In fact, the articles are so quaint and flattering, it’s no wonder designers like Dolce & Gabbana are still more than happy to dress the First Lady – it’s great PR.
I’m not saying that Vogue shouldn’t report on Melania’s outfits, but to do so in such a regular way is as moronic as Trump staring directly into the sun. Perhaps a more thoughtful take on how Melania’s looks have changed since her husband has taken office (and why) or even something praising her for looking so chic despite the shit that’s going on around her would be more appropriate. Perhaps anything would be more appropriate than normalizing anything that’s going on in the White House. As much as Vogue tries to shout that EVERYTHING IS FINE, it most certainly is not.