First lady Melania Trump earned oodles of praise for her bold fashion sense this week after she attended a black-tie dinner Thursday at the Blenheim Palace hosted by British Prime Minister Theresa May in a gown so dazzling some compared her to a Disney princess.
Whereas the president kept it simple with a traditional tuxedo (can be seen below), the first lady paired a pale yellow gown from French label J. Mendel with matching heels. And notice how she wore no flashy jewelry. In fact, she wore no jewelry at all, choosing instead to keep things simple.
But while her outfit was simple, it was still radiant — enough so that the $6,990 gown subsequently sold out at J. Mendel’s online store.
What also made the gown so stunning, besides its beautiful wearer, was that it resembled a similar gown worn by the princess Belle in Disney’s classic animated musical/film “Beauty And The Beast.”
According to social media users, this similarly made the first lady the literal “belle of the ball”:
Doesn’t she look like Belle??? So gorgeous!!
— Sarah Reynolds (@Sarah__Reynolds) July 15, 2018
Melania you are The Belle of the Ball – So Beautiful Inside and out!
You exude both Graciousness and Sophistication.
— Deborah-UnTamed (@UnTamedInSD) July 13, 2018
My kids love her dress. My 5-year-old said she was Belle. Lol. I joked that made DT the beast. She giggled. Maybe but @FLOTUS loves her beast.
— Myrna Livengood (@livengood_myrna) July 12, 2018
The Belle of the ball! Radiant Melania Trump is reminiscent of a Disney princess in a yellow off-the-shoulder gown as she & Pres Trump attend a lavish gala dinner at Blenheim Palace pic.twitter.com/ckJtkYsFfh
— ?Pres Trump R?cks? (@RockinTrump) July 12, 2018
— Robin Karr (@jiggaz31) July 14, 2018
The Trumps arrived in the U.K. on Thursday for a brief, multi-day visit with the island nation’s top leaders and Queen Elizabeth II.
May presumably chose Blenheim Palace as the location for their first meal together because of its rich history. About 144 years ago, on Nov. 30, 1874, an American woman known at the time as Jennie Jerome gave birth to Winston Spencer-Churchill, a boy who decades later would single-handedly save Western civilization from Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler.
But for every proud American and Trump supporter who celebrated the president’s historic visit and his wife’s dazzling choice in attitude, there was an equally unproud hater bursting from the seams with venom and antipathy.
Look, and be prepared to cringe:
She might as well have worn a beauty and the beast costume ball gown.
She looked ridiculous!
— Marie Juarez (@purplll) July 14, 2018
Get the woman a dresser she needs help, mind Melania was channeling Belle walking with her Beast in that yellow
— Jill Ashley-Jones (@JillAshleyJone1) July 14, 2018
You looked ridiculous and embarrassed the nation.
Leave comedic attire to the professionals.
— Quinn Daniels (@MightyQuinnUSA) July 14, 2018
Melania looked so overdressed…another blowhard..ridiculous
— Sam (@smudge1432) July 13, 2018
This @FLOTUS has the worse taste in fashion and men.
She looked absolutely ridiculous and overdressed.
— Sophia (@Sophie_Oshay) July 13, 2018
Melania Trumps outfit???
Was this her royal coronation?
She looked so ridiculous. What was that yellow gown about. They are both nuts
— Jane S. (@ejane1120) July 13, 2018
Isn’t that sexism? Or does the frequently misused “sexism” charge only apply when the victims are liberal women?