Philly Inquirer Apologizes For Calling Melania Trump ‘First Sexy First Lady’

Ford Springer | Contributor

The Philly Inquirer has issued an apology and re-worded the title of a fashion piece written about Melania Trump after the inauguration festivities calling the new first lady “sexy.”

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 20: President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump address the Freedom Inaugural Ball at the Washington Convention Center January 20, 2017 in Washington, D.C. President Trump was sworn today as the 45th U.S. President.

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The original piece ran on Saturday with the title: “Melania Trump Is Clearly Embracing Her Sexy As First Lady.”  The publication also tweeted the article from the Philly Inquirer account asking: “Is @Flotus Trump the first sexy first lady?”

The piece discussed and analyzed the fashion of the new first lady over President Trump’s inauguration weekend–a pretty standard procedure for the Philly Inquirer’s fashion writer Elizabeth Welligton, who also covered Michelle Obama’s fashion choices. (PHOTOS: Melania Trump Channels Jackie Kennedy With Classic Inauguration Day Look)

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump dance during the Salute to Our Armed Services Inaugural Ball at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC, January 20, 2017.

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The original title of the piece, and the tweet that went along with it, caused quite a backlash on Twitter. So much so, that the Philly Inquirer deleted the tweet, apologized for the language in the original piece and changed the headline on Sunday to: “Melania Trump Brings Sultry Elegance To The White House.”

“We’ve heard from many readers about this column, the original headline that topped it, our prominent positioning of the story online and its publication during the same weekend as the Women’s March,” Inquirer Deputy Managing Editor Tom McNamara said in the apology atop the updated piece.

“The column was an assessment of Melania Trump’s clothing choices during the inaugural ceremonies – not her role as first lady — as fashion journalism is the art of describing what people wear, why they wear it, and what message their choices communicate,” McNamara continued.

US President Donald Trump tells the crowd he loves them while dancing with US first lady Melania Trump during the Freedom Ball January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

“Ms. Wellington has for the last eight years reported on Michelle Obama’s fashion choices as well. But we understand that many readers feel our handling of this subject missed the mark. We can do better,” he concluded. (PHOTOS: Melania Trump’s Dress Stole The Show At The Inaugural Ball)

It goes without saying that Melania Trump is unlike any first lady in American history, much like her husband who is unlike any President before him. The 46-year-old Slovenian-American is a well-known former model and even posed nude during her former career.

So, it’s safe to say Melania Trump enters the White House with a different kind of appeal to Americans.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 20: U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump dance during the Freedom Ball at the Washington Convention Center January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. The ball is part of the celebrations following Trump's inauguration. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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