No, the First Lady Did Not Go on a $50,000 Lingerie Shopping Spree

January 31, 2012  |  


For a woman who prided herself on affordable fashion for the entire family when she first entered the White House, claims that Michelle Obama shut down part of the Madison Avenue Agent Provocateur lingerie shop in New York City while on a $50,000 shopping spree this past weekend seemed ridiculous, and that’s exactly what they are.

The White House has denied claims reported in The Telegraph that say the First Lady’s knack for racy night wear boosted the boutique’s sales by 12 percent. Kristina Schake, director of communications for Michelle Obama told MailOnline “This story is 100 percent false.”

The Telegraph‘s agenda is obvious by the language it used to describe Michelle Obama’s fake purchases:

“Michelle Obama has risked the wrath of cash-strapped Americans by indulging in a $50,000 shopping spree at Agent Provocateur…

“Along with the the Queen of Qatar, Sheikha Mozah, she closed off part of Madison Avenue to spend time in the luxury lingerie shop.”

So not only is she making a mockery of the American public by blowing her money on lingerie, she’s doing it with the Queen of Qatar? Even Agent Provocateur has denied the claims, saying it has seen an increase in sales but that has nothing to do with the First Lady because the shop doesn’t discuss any of its clientele or their purchases.

Luckily, the White House got right on this rumor, especially as stories of the First Lady’s expensive wardrobe for the family’s equally pricey Hawaii vacation and the $2,000 State of the Union dress by Barbara Tfank linger. Nice try Telegraph, but you failed this time.

Do you think the public has a right to know how much the President and First Lady spend on clothing?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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