Former First Lady Melania Trump recently led the line of all the living First Ladies at Rosalynn Carter’s funeral on Nov. 28th, and her outfit choice has sparked a lot of controversy.
It has been noted that As Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, Laura Bush, and current First Lady Dr. Jill Biden processed in classic black attires, Melania arrived in an almost sparkly looking long gray coat. Many fans are calling her “disrespectful,” while others say gray is “perfectly acceptable.”
Rosalynn Carter, the wife of Jimmy Carter, the 39th president of the United States, passed away on Nov. 19th at the age of 96 at her Plains, Georgia home. Her funeral was held there, and fans were pleased to see the former president, 99, make a rare public appearance. Keep reading for more information.
Melania arrived in what would normally be considered a chic gray coat. She belted it at the waist, and the hem fell just below her knee. But, as many are pointing out, why not wear black? “EVERYONE wears black, espeically at a funeral like Rosalynn Carter’s,” user @AbleRaces wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter. “But not Melania Trump. She wears gray. She stands out like a sore thumb.”
Black is seen as the most traditional color of grieving. Though Melania did wear a black dress beneath her gray coat, fans still argued that she should’ve just worn black—after all, it’s not a fashion show. But, Diana Gottsman, an etiquette expert and founder of The Protocol School of Texas, says it’s not that big of a deal. “It would be a different story if Melania Trump wore hot pink, or bright red, but rather she chose a somber gray, which is a perfectly acceptable color for funerals.”
“Her choice of outfit was conservative and respectful,” she continued. But fans had other thoughts.
“I think everyone is thinking too deeply about this and making it something it’s not,” a final fan said.
— Andy Ostroy (@AndyOstroy) November 28, 2023