Miley Cyrus has never been shy about voicing her opinions — and that includes going after world-famous designers Dolce and Gabanna who gave her younger brother a job Saturday walking the catwalk in their Milan fashion show.
In an Instagram post, the 24-year-old pop star was effusive in her praise for her brother Braison Cyrus, whom she called a “most talented musician” for “stepping outside his comfort zone” and appearing in his first ever fashion show.
She also initially expressed gratitude to controversial Italian designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana for celebrating young artists like her brother by giving them the platform “to shine their light for all to see.” Other young celebrity family members to strut the catwalk on behalf of Dolce and Gabanna’s Men’s Spring/Summer 2018 show included Christian Combs, son of Sean “Diddy” Combs, and Sophia and Sistine Stallone, daughters of Sylvester Stallone.
But Mylie couldn’t just be happy for her brother getting this high-profile modeling gig. She ended up sparking a feud with her brother’s employers by ending her post with a post-script that took a swipe at the designers for their politics.
“P.S. D&G,” she wrote. “I STRONGLY disagree with your politics.”
While Mylie wasn’t specific about which of their political stances she disapproved of, it’s likely that her comments were directed towards the Italian fashion house’s decision to dress First Lady Melania Trump. The choice to work with the wife of President Donald Trump has earned them significant criticism, including calls to boycott their products.
Gabbana was not pleased with Miley’s dig and shared his views on her post, first writing “ignorant” and then later saying he’ll never employ her brother again: “For your stupid comment never more work with [your brother],” he said.
He then re-posted Miley’s picture of her brother at the show on his own Instagram account, writing in Italian: “We are Italian and we don’t care about politics and mostly neither about the American one! We make dresses and if you think about doing politics with a post it’s simply ignorant. We don’t need your posts or comments so next time please ignore us!! #boycottdolcegabbana.”
The “#boycottdolcegabbanna” hashtag, incidentally, is a reference to the designers’ social media pushback against the criticism over their choice to dress Melania Trump, notably during her husband’s official state visit to Italy in May when she sported their $51,000 floral jacket. The pushback includes marketing a $245 #Boycott Dolce & Gabbana t-shirt.
But the designers’ work with Melania Trump hasn’t been their only brush with controversy in recent years, the Daily Mail reports. The openly gay fashionistas also found themselves in hot water after they expressed their disapproval for gay parenting and in-vitro fertlization in a 2015 interview with an Italian magazine.
“We oppose gay adoptions,” they said in the piece titled “Long Live the (Traditional) Family. “The only family is the traditional one … No chemical offsprings and rented uterus; Life has a natural flow, there are things that should not be changed.” They later apologized for the comments in an interview with Vogue.