Hairstylist Tricia Kelly made news when she came forward claiming that Tiffany Trump and Marla Maples asked for her services for the inauguration — for free. It’s ridiculous, but we shouldn’t be all that surprised. After all, the man himself is famous for refusing to pay his employees.
Kelly told The Washington Post that an assistant told her Maples and Tiffany Trump had a strict $300 budget for both hair and makeup. The hairstylist eventually agreed to wave her traveling fee of $150, confirming a $200 fee for hair and $150 for a makeup artist. But then Maples presented another option: she asked Kelly and the makeup artist to wave their fees altogether in exchange for exposure on social media. Kelly was “disgusted” by their “entitled behavior,” refused the offer and took her story to the paper.
According to the Post, it’s not illegal for Maples and Tiffany Trump to accept a free service, but such an arrangement is pretty uncommon for those in Washington, D.C. politics. It’s more common in the fashion industry and Hollywood, although wealthy celebrities like the Kardashians do pay their hair and makeup professionals (it’s unclear what the exact rates they pay are, but Kim’s makeup and skincare routine alone costs over $2,000). Apparently Maples is concerned about money as the Donald’s child support payments stopped after Tiffany graduated college — but it’s still no excuse to try to stiff someone, especially considering that they, unlike Kelly, have a direct line to a billionaire.
But the worst part of all of this may be the response Kelly received after going to the paper. “You are messing with the president of the United States,” a Maples contact wrote her. Yikes.
The whole thing reminds us of this meme:
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