Louise Linton claims she’s a “no makeup girl” while wearing a ball gown in society magazine

How do you defend yourself against those who accuse you of behaving like Marie Antoinette? By posing in a ball gown on the cover of a society magazine of course!

Louise Linton, the wife of Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, did just that in a new cover story in the society magazine “Washington Life.” In the Q&A, Linton apologizes for her “indefensible” actions that rocked Instagram two weeks ago.

If you recall, the scandal started when Linton posted a glamorous picture of herself descending a government plane in Kentucky, adding hashtags of all of the designers she was wearing. When a woman criticized her and called her “#deplorable,” Linton went off on her in a somewhat crazed Instagram post, saying the woman was “adorably out of touch.”

Now, Linton is apologizing for her actions, saying the “social media Louise of that week was not me.” Instead, she claims, she really is a “gentle-natured” and a “no makeup girl.”

This is all well and good –except that she happens to be wearing a ball gown in all of the pictures for the magazine’s “Balls & Gowns” issue.

To her credit, Linton recognizes that this is kind of … problematic. “I see the irony of making an apology in a ball gown! But it would be dishonest to proclaim that I’m never going to go to another social function. That’s also part of my life.”

“Whether I’m in a ball gown or a pair of jeans, it’s not about me, or what I’m wearing, it’s about what I can be doing to support and empower others going forward.”

Ok sure. But did it have to be a ball gown? [Washington Life]