Megyn Kelly's Dress at the RNC: What is Wrong with this Situation?
Social media exploded as soon as Megyn Kelly went on air during the Republican National Convention last week. I was watching as Paul Ryan began the convention. Just the like rest of the world, I had an instant reaction to what Megyn Kelly was wearing.
I love Megyn Kelly; I really do. I've been watching Fox News since the days when she would contribute to debates on the Bill O'Reilly show before The Megyn Kelly Show was even created. I read the article that Elle magazine did on her about three (maybe more) years ago when they called her a girl boss and a role model to young girls. This woman has worked her butt off to get to where she is today! She asks the difficult questions that other news channels are too wimpy to ask. I love watching Ms. Kelly get into a heated debate with someone who doesn't know what they are talking about and absolutely slay.
With that being said, it's safe to say I know a thing or two about Megyn Kelly and her style. She pushes the boundaries of what is normal for a news anchor to wear. When Ms. Kelly appeared on my television screen last week in a spaghetti strap dress that resembled a swim dress, I mentally said, whattt? Is it that hot in there?
The internet harassed Fox News saying that it was hard to take their coverage seriously while one of the reporters looks like she works for an escort company. I found that comment to be an inappropriate assessment of the situation.
I read this really great article by Suzanne Lucas and it explains something I tried to explain in my post "Mirror, Mirror on the wall, do these yoga pants make my butt look small?". Lucas reports,
"Here's the deal: Society has norms, and when you go against those norms you're going to get backlash. There's a reason employees at Target wear khaki pant and red shirts...and there's a reason you put on a suit when you go for a job interview. Your clothing is a symbol that indicates who you are. You don't see emo teens wearing pink party dresses, and you don't see biker gangs wearing tuxedos. Everyone chooses their clothing (or in the case of a uniform, the boss chooses the clothing) because it represents who they are and what they do."She continues,
"It's not about women being held to a different standard, and it's not about sexism. It's about societal norms. If her male co-host had shown up in a tuxedo or a Hawaiian shirt, that would have been equally inappropriate. This challenging of societal norms doesn't justify people calling her names or insulting her. Saying 'That dress wasn't appropriate for a reporter' is one thing. Saying 'she's a horrible person because she wore spaghetti straps on the air' is quite another."
The dress that Megyn Kelly wore was not what was expected of her but the RNC is done and over. People should not to continue to bash Fox News for how Megyn dressed herself that day for the RNC. People should definitely stop ripping on Megyn for wanting to feel pretty and be comfortable on an important day for her career. Stop slut shaming her!
I mentioned earlier that the article on Megyn Kelly's dress expressed something that I tried to explain in one of my past blog posts. That point was that your clothing is a symbol that indicates who you are. Everyone chooses their clothing because it represents who they are and what they do. If you don't want to be associated with a certain group, don't wear that clothing. An example of that is if you are at a job interview and don't want to look like a high school student, dress a little nicer. You can impress people through the way you dress. It's the first thing someone sees when they meet you or see you on the street; why not make a good first impression?
Here's a link to the article I quoted, feel free to comment your feelings on the Megyn Kelly RNC dress No, Megyn Kelly Should Not Have Worn That Dress