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The latest Trump controversy to come to a boil on social media is over a dress code for the president’s female staffers.
The #DressLikeAWoman hashtag began trending Friday afternoon in response to an Axios story stating that Donald Trump’s female staffers have been told to “dress like women.”
“Even if you’re in jeans, you need to look neat and orderly,” a source told Axios‘ Jonathan Swan and Mike Allen of Trump’s expectations for women’s appearances.
The comment is not directly attributed to Trump in the story, and there is no evidence that POTUS has enforced a White House dress code, but that didn’t stop the outrage. A representative for President Trump’s office did not immediately return The Hollywood Reporter‘s request for comment on the dress-code policy.
Unverified or not, the comments were enough to start a Twitter storm, with women uploading photos of themselves in badass everyday uniforms — from surgeon’s scrubs to military fatigues to arctic protective gear — along with the hashtag #DressLikeAWoman.
— Humanityv.Trump (@BlueHumanity) February 3, 2017
— Lisa Bloom (@LisaBloom) February 3, 2017
— Sophie Something (@ScientistSoph) February 3, 2017
— Lisa A. Weir (@lisaweir77) February 3, 2017
California Sen. Kamala Harris, a Democrat, was one of the most vocal posters, tweeting eight photos of inspiring women, including Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, astronaut Mae C. Jemison and feminists Gloria Steinem and Dorothy Pitman Hughes.
“To the White House,” she wrote. “Here are some ways to #DressLikeAWoman.”
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) February 3, 2017
According to the Axios report, a source close to the president stated that Trump was critical of all of his staff members’ appearances, not just the wardrobes of women. “If you’re going to be a public person for him, whether it’s a lawyer or representing him in meetings, then you need to have a certain look. That look — at least for any male — you have to be sharply dressed,” said the source. (No word on what Trump thought of Kellyanne Conway’s meme-inspiring inauguration look.)
Last week, Axios also reported that Trump critiqued Sean Spicer’s ill-fitting, sloppy ensemble from his first White House press conferences as press secretary. At his next press conference the following day, Spicer was wearing a darker, tailored suit that had many wondering if he had received a Trump-approved makeover.
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