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Why it’s good that Melania Trump copied Michelle Obama. And you do the same.


Melania Trump is probably one of the most privileged women on this planet. And she could be one of the canniest as well.

But okay, her speechwriter (we all know people at that level don’t write their own words) should not have plagiarised Michelle Obama word-for-word.
But faced with possibly one do the biggest moments in her life, with all the world watching her, Melania Trump simply did what 99% of the business women I know do.She followed the example of a role model.
Yes, it hilariously ironic that this role model is on the opposite side of the political spectrum, and if she was going for the full belly laugh, she should have used Hillary Clinton instead … let’s face it, in the circus of politics and elections, that’s not impossible.
But when you get down to it, she simply followed the example of a successful, sophisticated and influential woman in Michelle Obama.
We should be congratulating the woman for doing what works instead of trying to re-invent the wheel.
I mean, come on, like you haven’t copied another woman you admire?

Women are notorious for copying each other — just look at how fashion fads spread — yet the world (or one political camp) slams Melania Trump for it. Hell, just fire the speechwriter and get over it, folks

Get out there and find your own shining role models, and echo them.

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. So let those of us who have never imitated anybody — ever — throw the stones. There won’t be much of a rockpile.

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  1. dmlarz@yahoo.com'


    July 28, 2016 at 6:37 am

    What? This is the worst piece of advice I’ve ever read from this site — one I have been admiring for a long time now, but this…this is just wrong! It is one thing to have role models, to admire someone and adopt elements of their style, if you give her credit for it! But your glib advice to plagiarize is ridiculous!

    I found myself in a sticky situation a few years ago when I was called out for using a very specific blog strategy that looked like a lot of fun to do! It was not that I tried to copy her style, but I just wanted to have fun with it…in the end, it not only hurt my friend, but me too! I lost credibility because once I published the post, it appeared as if I copied her style and it was VERY embarrassing when someone pointed it out for both of us!

    Since then I have been ridiculously sensitive to matters of authenticity and copy-cat syndrome. In this day of online business, there are sooooo many copy cats– it is almost as if there are no original ideas anymore and it is very refreshing when I find a blogger or other creative online who has a TRUE expression.

    I can’t believe you would use your influence to tell women that they should just copy their heroes! Why would you do that and not use Melania’s story to encourage women to find their own expression and cultivate their own authenticity? I don’t know if I want to be taking advice from your site any longer…it just isn’t smart.

    • Karla Pincott

      August 3, 2016 at 5:36 pm

      Hi Dawn,

      We’re not wanting to encourage women to plagiarize, but to think carefully about choosing the role models they echo. The amusing thing about Melania Trump’s speech (which of course wasn’t written by her) was that the speech writer chose to plagiarize from Clinton. Which, when you think about it, was a really really odd choice.

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