It’s a very interesting notion: Should interviewer Megyn Kelly really have worn such a revealing dress for her face-to-face sit-down with Russian President Vladimir Putin? Aren’t there standards of dress and presentation when it comes to a professional interview with a major world leader, whether or not the interview is for TV?
And don’t such interviewers want the interviewee — and the audience — to focus on the substance of the conversation, not on the appearance or fashion choice of the interviewer?
In the two photos below, check out the dress Kelly wore as she chatted with Putin, along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India (far left) and a translator. As the photos emerged Friday, Kelly’s choice of dress lit up the internet.
The dress worn by the former Fox News host, who is now with NBC, elicited these comments:
“Megyn Kelly dons off-the-shoulder velvet dress with a slit and massive platform shoes to chat with a transfixed President Putin in Russia” — The Daily Mail
“The figure-hugging dress by designer Yigal Azrouel retails for $990. Kelly also tweeted a picture of the trio at a state dinner at Konstantin Palace in Saint Petersburg, Russia.” — AOL
“Talk about a boss babe!” — Hollywood Life
And from a variety of folks on Twitter came these opinions:
“If you can wear it dancing & fit in, you shouldn’t be wearing it to meet a major world leader. Looks like an escort.”
“Was it really necessary for Megyn Kelly to wear a dress slit to her neck to interview Putin? Is she that insecure about her abilities?”
“Good grief. That’s how @megynkelly professionally dresses to interview the President of Russia?”
“@MegynKelly don’t you want to be defined by your intelligence and accomplishments and not by how you dress? #clubbing”
The interview will air Sunday. Said one professional woman and mother of two in New York, “No career woman I know would have dressed that way to interview a major world leader — and for her debut on a new network, no less. Megyn Kelly clearly has her own rules for how she presents herself, but her choice of attire makes me uncomfortable for her, and for others, in that setting.”