They said/We said: Syria’s first lady blacklisted from the European Union after exorbitant spending during country’s civil war
What is a first lady to do when her country is in the midst of a civil war? Syria’s Asma al-Assad evidently thinks dropping thousands shopping online for lavish goods is fitting, and now the spree has landed her a deserving spot on the European Union sanctions blacklist.
Leaked emails directed to her husband, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, exposed a lengthy shopping list of seriously opulent items—we’re talking diamond jewellery from Paris, crystal-encrusted Christian Louboutins—and other expensive items from British-based Harrods. So what does a spot on a sanctions blacklist get you? Frozen bank accounts and banned EU territory travel.
First lady shopping sprees never go over well. Case in point: Michelle Obama’s $50,000 Agent Provocateur trip. We think it is safe to say that Assad’s refined image of a fashionable yet sensible woman with strong Western-like values is now questionable, to say the very least.
Yahoo news: “She was supposed to be the gentler face of a would-be reformist regime. Now Asma al-Assad has become a hate figure for many.” [Yahoo]
Caitlan Moneta, fashion market editor: “Hope she stocks up before the guillotine comes down.”