Melania Trump isn’t the only one who supports a little borrowing. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty hit the stage at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Thursday, July 28, in what appeared to be the same dress Trump wore just the week before.
Beatty, 65, who represent’s Ohio’s third district, wore a long-sleeved white sheath dress with puffed sleeves — a near-match to the Roksanda design Trump, 46, wore while giving her much-scrutinized speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. (She’s been accused of plagiarizing Michelle Obama‘s speech from the 2008 DNC.) Beatty accessorized the style with oversized pearls and a necklace. Trump, of course, modeled the fitted dress, which retailed for $2,190 and is already sold out, with only nude pointed-toe pumps.
Almost as soon as Beatty stepped out on stage, social media commenters noted the sartorial déjà vu — and saluted the Ohio representative. “In complete baller move, Rep. Joyce Beatty wears Melania Trump’s RNC dress at DNC,” wrote one tweeter, while another added, “Rep. Joyce Beatty’s troll hand: strong.”
So did Beatty intentionally choose to mimic’s Trump’s style? For her part, the congresswoman is blaming the whole affair on her husband, who she said bought her the dress especially for her DNC appearance. “Now it’s blowing up all over the nation that it’s the same as Mrs. Trump’s, but I don’t know,” she told WCMH.
She did, however, note that while the style may have been borrowed, she used her own words in her speech.
Of course, the fashion frenzy paled in comparison to the big news of the night. Hillary Clinton made history by being the first woman to be nominated by the Democratic party for president. She accepted the nomination by giving a powerful speech. “When any barrier falls in America, it clears the way for everyone,” she said, nodding to the historic moment. “When there are no ceilings, the sky’s the limit.”
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