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Louise Linton Says She "Deserved the Criticism" for Instagram Fiasco

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"I want to say I concede completely to the comments of my critics," said U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin's wife in her cover profile for Washington Life magazine.

Louise Linton, wife of U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, was probably right to be worried about the appearance of modeling designer gowns on the cover of Washington Life, a luxury magazine for the D.C. area, after her infamous Instagram kerfuffle last month.

The Scottish actress/author/producer, who recently made her way into the political realm by marrying Mnuchin earlier this summer, was harangued by press on both sides of the aisle after she responded to a provocative comment on a boastful, designer-tagged Instagram post with a lengthy rant in which she personally attacked the commenter and referred to her as "adorably out of touch." 

According to Virginia Coyne, who profiled Linton for the cover story where she showed off designer gowns by Ines Di Santo and Jason Wu, the setup had been in the works several weeks prior to the social media fiasco. Following the blowback, in which she was likened to Marie Antoinette, there were several back-and-forths with her publicist and husband over whether or not to go through with the profile. Ultimately, however, Linton decided to participate in the interview and accompanying uber-glamorous photo shoot. 

"[The backlash] was scary and surreal but it forced me to take a deep look at what I had done," Linton told the magazine, calling the event a "good, hard wake-up call." "I want to say I concede completely to the comments of my critics." 

As to why she decided to respond in the first place, she said, "I've had torrents of social media criticism before and never really responded. I don't know why I did this time but I really regret it." Coyne notes that following this statement she was "overcome with emotion," needing a long pause. 

Then, taking on the tone of a concerned parent lecturing a young child, Coyne asked, "Do you understand why this became such big news?" to which Linton replied, "Yes. It was newsworthy because I was on a government trip and my husband is a government employee. As his wife, I am now a more public person and I am, and should be, held to a higher standard of ethics and care.... I concede wholeheartedly that the post was boastful and materialistic and my response was extremely thoughtless."  

According to her Instagram page, which has since been returned to public after being made private in the aftermath of the comment, Linton is back at work on her latest Hollywood project. She has not since tagged her Tom Ford sunglasses. 

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