Hope Hicks allegedly steamed the eventual President’s clothes while he was wearing them — and that’s super risky
Burn notice: Take off your suit before you steam it.
Hope Hicks, now the White House communications director, would allegedly take a steamer to then-candidate Donald Trump’s suits on the campaign trail — while they were still on his person, an excerpt from ex-campaign manager Corey Lewandowski’s forthcoming book revealed.
As campaign press secretary, per a copy of the book obtained by the Washington Post, “one of Hicks’s jobs was to make sure that Trump’s suits were pressed when they flew on his plane.” Trump would yell, “Get the machine!” Lewandowski’s book alleged, “and Hope would take out the steamer and start steaming Mr. Trump’s suit, while he was wearing it! She’d steam the jacket first and then sit in a chair in front of him and steam his pants.”
The eventual POTUS once reportedly even berated Hicks when she forgot the steamer: “G–dammit, Hope! How the hell could you forget the machine?” (Hicks and the White House did not return requests for comment.)
Portland-based writer and stylist Tasha Green could barely contain her laughter after Moneyish recounted the alleged events.
Green has styled several dozen men over her stints at the Wall Street Journal, Men’s Vogue, Billboard magazine and Departures. Not one, she said, has ever requested she steam a suit while he had it on. “You want to prep the clothes off the body to maintain a professional distance,” she told Moneyish. “If someone asked me to steam on their body, then it becomes more of like a TSA experience.”
There’s also the obvious safety factor. “You look at the garment, you try to find the wrinkles, and you want to have the full range of access. So obviously, you need to be able to get near the crotch, for lack of a better word,” Green said. “If it’s on a body, that’s dangerous.” Since it’s scalding hot water creating the steam, she explained, “you would get a burn the same way if you poured water that you had just boiled for tea.” “It wouldn’t be the end of the world — I just don’t see why you wouldn’t make an effort to avoid that.”
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Don’t just take her word for it. Los Angeles-based celebrity fashion stylist Lindsay Albanese, who boasts 15 years in the industry and actually considers herself a “steamer expert,” was equally stymied. Though she has steamed flowy garments like gowns on a person, “I’ve never heard of anybody — any stylist — steaming suits on clients … It’s just strange to me,” she told Moneyish. Albanese went as far as to question Lewandowski’s account: “You can’t casually steam clothes on someone’s body.”
Footwear News fashion editor Shannon Adducci, with more than two dozen male celeb stylings under her belt, says she’s only once ever hurriedly steamed clothes on a person — a woman wearing a wider-legged pant. Even that, Adducci told Moneyish, was just from the knee down. “I ended up burning my own hand to avoid burning the subject,” she said. “If it’s on a person, it’s really dangerous — just because of how close a piece of clothing is to a person when they’re wearing it. And the steam goes right through the fabric.”
“It just confounds me that he let someone do that while he’s wearing the clothing,” Adducci said. “It’s just really crazy to me.”
Bottom line: “Your skin, your flesh being burned is usually what you want to avoid,” Green said. But “it’s kind of like the images that surfaced of (Trump) looking right into the eclipse … I guess if you’re impervious to any consequence, like he is in his mind, then it’s a good strategy.”
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