What happened in Milan certainly won't stay in Milan. Raury, an American singer-songwriter and rapper, used the catwalk as a platform to protest against Dolce & Gabbana during Men's Fashion Week! The reason? The Italian luxury brand proudly dressed U.S. First Lady Melania Trump—then later mocked critics by releasing a "#Boycott Dolce & Gabbana" T-shirt.
The Atlanta-based musician whipped off his hoodie during the millennial-themed show's finale of the same luxury brand, revealing the messages he had scrawled on his bare torso: "Protest D&G," "Give me freedom," and "I am not your scapegoat." He held up his fist, standing front and center on the runway as other models walked past.
Only finding out about the controversial tees a day before walking the runway, Raury told GQ, "The 'Boycott Dolce & Gabbana' T-shirt completely makes a mockery of what 'boycotting' is. Boycotting is the people’s voice. A protest is the people’s voice. It has power."
"I felt like Dolce & Gabbana was literally trying to use the youth to wash their hands of any sort of heat from anyone who wants to protest against them," the rapper went on. "[The other millennial models] are about to co-sign this, and they don’t even know what it means. They’re using the shit out of us. We’re not scapegoats. You are not about to wash your hands with us."
Despite knowing that he might never dabble in the fashion world ever again afterwards, Raury did the courageous thing and made his stand. "It was very insulting to know that Dolce & Gabbana was selling all of this millennial, pro-forward sh*t...Was it a test to see if millennials weren’t about sh*t? That was another thing racing in my head. I felt like if nothing happened, then they would be right. And that T-shirt would be right."