07/29/2016 at 09:54 AM ET
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Fashion Faceoffs in Hollywood happen all the time. In Washington D.C., not so much. That all changed Thursday night when Joyce Beatty, a Democratic congresswoman from Ohio, took the stage at the Democratic National Convention in a white dress that immediately looked familiar. Why? It’s a seemingly identical version of the design Melania Trump wore for her controversial speech at the Republican National convention last week in Cleveland.
The wife of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump took center stage at the Republican National Convention on July 18 in a cotton silk off-white “Margot” dress by London-based designer Roksanda Ilincic (which she reportedly bought herself at Net-a-Porter). The $2,190 design sold out immediately, but Rep. Beatty (D-Ohio) got her hands on one — or at least an almost identical style.
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The Congresswoman told WCMH that her husband was actually the one who purchased the dress for her and told her to wear it.
“Now it’s blowing up all over the nation that it’s the same as Mrs. Trump’s, but I don’t know,” she said.
The political figure added that even if her dress wasn’t original, she knows she “used her own words” during her speech. The dig points at Melania’s RNC speech, for which she was accused of plagiarism after critics pointed out similarities between her words and Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech at the Democratic National Convention.
The style showdown didn’t go unnoticed on Twitter, sparking tweets about “dress plagiarism” and prompting other users to praise Beatty for “trolling” Melania.
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