If you thought this year was wretched for Donald Trump you need to know that the butterfly effect of his image has affected Canada’s ‘fashion fairy godmother’ Suzanne Rogers. For those who need an update on Suzanne Rogers, she is a Canadian socialite and a philanthropist who also has a good foothold in the fashion industry. She has partnered with notable designers, including Oscar de la Renta, Marchesa, Zac Posen, Diane von Fürstenberg, and Victoria Beckham. She is a Founding Ambassador and Jury Member of the annual Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards and a benefactor of the “Suzanne Rogers Designer Grant for International Development.”
Now you know she is an important person who does many important things, but all it took to turn the tables was one photo post with Donald Trump. Controversy erupted after Suzanne Rogers posted a picture of herself and her family with Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago so much that it’s being termed image suicide’ and led to two members of the advisory group at Ryerson University’s Rogers Fashion Institute to resign.
A Canadian insider told Page Six of the North of the Border brouhaha: “People in Canada hate him … its image suicide. She’s become persona non grata. She’s a huge donor to [the Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards] which is our version of the [Council of Fashion Designers of America], and two people even resigned from the board because of it.” Rogers deleted the post to salvage the uproar and also issued a statement on Instagram, saying: ‘I do not have any relationship with Donald Trump, good or otherwise.’ ‘I regret that my actions caused anyone to question my values or commitments to the communities and causes my family and I hold so dear,’ she said in the social media post.
It’s going to be a dinner difficult to digest for Suzanne Rogers as even after a public statement explaining her side, it’s fallen on deaf ears. She was uninvited from the Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards, the annual Suzanne Rogers Designer Grant Award, was deferred. As mentioned above, two people resigned from the awards board in a sign of protest.
[Via – CBC]