This diamond studded collar probably won't see the inside of the Lincoln bedroom. Photo: Agent Provocateur
How does a totally fake news story come to dominate the day’s papers? It needs international figureheads and a lot of sexy lingerie.
Yesterday morning, the Telegraph reported that First Lady Michelle Obama had spent Sunday afternoon shopping Madison Avenue with Sheikha Moza, one of Qatar’s three first ladies. Helia Ebrahimi reported that the two woman spent $50,000 at Agent Provocateur, the fancy British lingerie brand founded by Joe Corre (Vivienne Westwood’s son) and used it as the peg for a greater story on the brand’s increased profits. Without confirmation from the White House, Qatar or the AP store, Ebrahim ran quotes from CEO Garry Hogarth that said they did in fact have a “secret client list” with “unexpected famous names.”
Of course, the story was picked up everywhere, until the White House was forced to respond. Press secretary Jay Carney said in yesterday‘s briefing, “When I was a reporter, usually the standard for British tabloid reporting was the assumption that it was false. In this case, it’s utterly false, and it’s irresponsible of an American news organization to repeat the story, even allowing that it could be true. So it’s wrong.”
Even Agent Provocateur released a statement saying, “Recent claims regarding Michelle Obama and purchases made at an Agent Provocateur boutique are incorrect. Agent Provocateur never discusses any of its clientele or their purchases.”
Neither outlet denied that the First Lady was ever in the store, or even bought a bra or two, but $50,000 really is extreme. With that, she could’ve walked off with 65 diamond studded collars, and one cuff to match, or 125 crystal whips! Of course, she could have just purchased new sheets…