A US news anchor has spoken out about the criticism she received for wearing an “inappropriate” dress to cover the Republican National Convention earlier this year.
Megyn Kelly, who works for Fox News, defended the Ralph Lauren spaghetti strap sheath she wore live on air, describing it as a “lovely dress” to the New York Times.
And hitting back at the sexist comments she received for her outfit, she said, “I can be smart and challenging while I wear spaghetti straps, and everyone is just going to have to get their heads around that.’”
When Kelly originally wore the dress back in July, Twitter lit up with a slew of angry comments directed at the anchor’s choice of clothing, with one user writing that she looked like she was “trolling for a drink in a drink in the hotel bar”.
Another wrote, “Women say they want to be treated equally. Men dress professionally in suits women should do the same.”
Kelly, 46, uses her own stylist rather than the Fox News wardrobe, and has a penchant for cut-outs, leather and spiked heels. While these may be slightly progressive choices for a working wardrobe, she is adamant that women should be allowed to make their own decisions about what they wear in their everyday lives.
“Within reason, [women] can make their own choices about how they look and how they act,” she said.
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Brilliantly, 46-year-old Kelly showed exactly what she thought about the comments by recently wearing the dress on air again.
“I felt very strongly, I was not going to be defined by what someone else deemed appropriate,” she added.