Melania Trump's Speech Overshadowed By Dress Choice (Photos)

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First lady Melania Trump gave a speech to spouses of world leaders at the U.N., but much of the attention was focused on her dress.

Melania's Sept. 20 speech addressed issues of bullying -- but the first lady became the subject of ridicule herself from social media users over her bright pink dress with billowing balloon sleeves, according to Business Insider.

The knee-length dress, a $2,950 Delpozo, had a fitted waist paired with oversized, draping sleeves that some online said resembled a "hot air balloon."

"What I learned today from Melania Trump: Never dress like a bright pink hot air balloon," wrote one Twitter user.

"The dress Melania Trump wore during her anti-bullying speech was puffy because it was stuffed with irony," tweeted another.

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"Just watched Melania Trump speech," wrote another user. "For some reason it made me think of the blueberry girl from Willy Wonka."

Fox News ran a headline saying that the first lady "became a victim of cyberbullies" over the outfit she wore during her speech.

The fashion misstep may have stemmed from Melania's lack of public speaking experience -- while the outfit looks similar to many she has worn before without incident away from the speaking podium, when viewers saw only the top half of her body above the podium, it accentuated the balloon-like quality of the dress' sleeves.

In her speech, Melania called on parents and the international community to "come together for the good of our children because through them, our future will be defined," according to Politico.

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"No child should ever feel hungry, stalked, frightened, terrorized, bullied, isolated or afraid, with nowhere to turn," said Melania during her speech at the luncheon, which was attended by spouses of world leaders including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's wife, Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau; French first lady Brigitte Macron; and Turkish first lady Emine Erdogan.

"We need to step up, come together, and ensure that our children's future is bright," said Melania.

"We must teach each child the values of empathy and communication that are at the core of the kindness, mindfulness, integrity and leadership which can only be taught by example," said the first lady. "By our own example, we must teach children to be good stewards of the world they will inherit."

Melania's speech being overshadowed by her outfit recalled controversies surrounding former first lady Michelle Obama's fashion choices, such as when she wore shorts on Air Force One or wore expensive sneakers, which sometimes took focus away from the issues that she was attempting to highlight during her tenure as first lady.

The incident isn't the first time Melania has received blowback online for her fashion choices. During a visit with her husband, President Donald Trump, to areas affected by Hurricane Harvey, she received criticism when she was spotted wearing high heels while departing the White House for the flood zone.

"And here we have Melania Trump modeling what NOT to wear to a hurricane: 5-inch stilettos," wrote a user on Twitter, according to NDTV. "How out of touch can you be?"

The first lady was then reported to have changed into a different, more practical outfit and sneakers by the time she got off the plane.

Sources: Business Insider, Politico, NDTV / Featured Image: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff/Flickr / Embedded Images: MelaniaTrump.Style/Instagram and AP via Business Insider

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