All eyes were on first lady Melania Trump on Feb. 3 as she resurfaced wearing a red dress to reunite with President Donald Trump in Palm Beach, Florida. Although some people criticized the European designer dress she wore for going against the president’s “America First” policy, Melania wore it for a particular reason: to make a statement about heart disease.
Feb. 3 was National Wear Red Day, and the first lady chose to observe it “to highlight the importance and raise awareness about heart disease,” said her senior adviser, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, according to The New York Times.
The American Heart Association urged women to wear red on that day to bring attention to heart disease and strokes, which kill an average of one woman every 80 seconds and cause 1 out of 3 deaths in women, says the association’s official “Go Red” webpage. Roughly 80 percent of heart attacks and strokes are preventable through education and lifestyle changes.
After wearing couture from French immigrant Herve Pierre and quintessential all-American designer Ralph Lauren at her husband’s Jan. 20 inauguration, Melania turned heads by resurfacing in European dresses, wearing the red Givenchy number to greet her husband on Feb. 3 and a pink Christian Dior gown at a Red Cross ball the following day, despite voicing interest in supporting American designers.
Both Givenchy and Dior have remained quiet since the first lady was spotted in their attire, though Wolkoff said in an email that the first lady always thinks about the intentions behind her clothing:
Mrs. Trump is a proud and longtime supporter of American fashion. She appreciates fashion as art. As a former model, she has always been a patron of the world’s most distinguished designers both here and abroad. Mrs. Trump buys from an international mix of brands because that is what reflects her uniquely American life experience and style. She is more excited than ever to make a platform for American designers as she did on one of the most important weeks in history, the Inauguration, showcasing the extraordinary talents of American designers.
Sources: The New York Times (2), American Heart Association / Photo credit: U.S. Air Force/Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Spalding/Wikimedia Commons, Getty Images via Heavy