The supreme designer for men’s and women’s clothes has a long history of making controversial comments about women’s fashion choices and how it has impacted the industry.
Supreme clothing designer and CEO of Zara, Dalia Mogahed, made headlines last year when she made comments about what she believed to be the impact of “gendered oppression” on fashion and gender equality.
Speaking at a fashion conference in June, she said, “Women in this industry are expected to wear dresses that are sexy, feminine, and elegant and we need to look at ourselves and say, ‘Is this how I want to dress?'”
The comments led to accusations that she had a “misogynistic mindset”.
Mogahed told the Australian Financial Review in June that she felt she had been “castigated for my views” and “condemned for speaking my mind”.
“I don’t have a problem with wearing a dress, I just don’t think it is the most appropriate attire for me to wear,” she said.
“I feel like I am a victim of a lot of things and I want people to see it that way, that I am not doing this to make a statement.”
Mogahing has also been accused of using the word “queer” in a tweet that she later deleted, saying that she was not using it to “glorify” the transgender community.
The comments sparked a backlash from the fashion industry, and sparked a new wave of criticism about Mogahing’s views on the transgender and gender-nonconforming community.
However, Mogaher’s comments have also caused a backlash on social media.
Some Twitter users criticised the fashion designer for “lashing out” against “transphobic, transphobic rhetoric” while others were critical of her for “showing an inability to empathise” with the transgender experience.
Some criticised Mogahers comments about the transgender people, calling her out on her “misguided” opinion on the community.
“A statement like this doesn’t take into account the experience of transgender people,” a Twitter user said.
A Twitter user responded, “This isn’t transphobia.
This is a statement of support for a fashion designer who says trans people are a bad idea.”
Moghed told BuzzFeed News in June she was “not trying to hurt anyone or anything”, and had made a “mistake”.
“In the future, I think it will be okay to talk about the reality of the transgender population,” she told the publication.
“We will all have to find our own ways to understand that reality and then make choices about what we want to wear.”
“I am a feminist.
I am an advocate of equality and I am trying to help other people understand that.
I want women to be able to wear what they want and wear whatever they want.
I am proud to be a part of the fashion world and that’s my purpose.”