Louise Linton at the swearing in ceremony for then fiance Steven Mnuchin on January 13th.
By Kevin Dietsch/Pool/Bloomberg.
In a swiftly deleted, and then instantly legendary, Instagram posted on Monday, Louise Linton, wife of Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, took the opportunity to hashtag every designer she wore on a flight to Kentucky . . . and then defend herself, and her tax bracket, in a furious response to a commenter. The fallout from the post, and how it reflects on the Trump administration, is in full swing. But one question remains unanswered: exactly how much does an outfit like that run you?
A rough estimate suggests it goes well into the thousands. The Tom Ford sunglasses retail for $445, the Hermès scarf for $940, the Valentino heels are $995, and the Roland Mouret trousers are $1,395 (though they are now on sale for $348). The cost of a Hermès Birkin bag usually starts around $10,000 but can go upwards of $150,000. Regardless of which one exactly Linton slung on her arm, it most certainly cost thousands of dollars. This brings the low estimate for her outfit—which managed to stay perfectly crisp and white en route from Kentucky—to $13,775.
The commenter who provoked Linton’s angry response was identified by The New York Times as Jenni Miller, a mother of three from Oregon, who used one well-deployed #deplorable to get under Linton’s skin. Miller later told the Times, “If she hadn’t made her account private, I would have written back with a very snide Marie Antoinette joke.”
While Linton made her profile private, she seemed to forget she lives in a world that operates on screenshots, which immediately circulated online. Perhaps it would have helped her to take a moment before responding to a stranger’s comment, think back to her life-changing trip to Zambia when she was just a scared-but-noble “skinny white girl,” and remember that there are bigger problems in this world than Instagram feuds. Like children with HIV, war, or looking directly into an eclipse without glasses on.
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