The Hidden Meaning Behind Megyn Kelly’s Vladimir Putin Interview Outfit

Sabrina Rojas Weiss

This weekend, Megyn Kelly is making her big debut as the anchor of her new NBC News show, Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly, with an exclusive one-on-one interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The former Fox News host knew that all eyes were on her already when she first met Putin at a state dinner before the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on Thursday. That’s why we wonder if we should read anything into her choice of dress for the occasion: a blue velvet off-the-shoulder dress with spaghetti straps.

Megyn Kelly Vladimir Putin
Megyn Kelly meets with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin before the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. (Photo: Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

One of Kelly’s headline-making moments in 2016 (when there were several) was when she chose to wear a spaghetti-strap dress during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland last July. Viewers called the look everything from inappropriate to “like a whore.” On another night of the convention, she bared her scandalous shoulders again, albeit in a more subtle way. She clearly was not ready to cover up to shield others from such a sight.

“A convention is a kind of free-form extravaganza, and there are certain settings where you can take risks,” Kelly later told The New York Times about the dress. “So I just thought: ‘Yes, I can do this. I can be smart and challenging while I wear spaghetti straps, and everyone is just going to have to get their heads around that.’ ”

Since then, while out and about promoting her book, Settle for More (the cover of which features her in a sleeveless dress), and attending other typical celebrity events, she has given us so many different views of her sculpted deltoids. She even told the Times that she wore that dress again, saying, “I felt very strongly, I was not going to be defined by what someone else deemed appropriate.”

Could that statement be why she and her stylist picked this dress for her meeting with one of the most controversial leaders of the world?

Then again, this blue dress is her evening attire for a state dinner and photo op with Putin and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who are both speaking at the economic forum’s plenary session, where Kelly is the moderator. But if she chose to keep it on for her interview on Friday, well, in her words, it’s on us to get our heads around it.

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