MP Tracy Brabin, who was labelled by trolls as a ‘slag’ for wearing an off-the-shoulder dress in Parliament, is now selling off the aforementioned dress.
Brabin, who is the Labour MP for Batley and Spen, was barraged with abuse for showing her shoulder in the House of Commons this week, sparking what’s been known as ‘shouldergate’ in the press.
The MP responded to the comments she’d received online, tweeting ‘I can confirm I’m not… A slag, hungover, a tart, about to breastfeed, a slapper, drunk, just been banged over a wheelie bin. Who knew people could get so emotional over a shoulder.’
She went on to say to BBC Radio Leeds: ‘This is everyday sexism where women are continually judged for what they wear, how they look and not what they say. Why is that? It’s a way to silence us.’
The black ASOS dress since went on to fly off the shelves of the online retailer, to the point that there is now a ‘selling fast’ warning on the £35 item.
In the wake of the sexism row, however, Brabin decided to turn lemons into lemonade, and her eBay listing of the original dress has since reached bids of upwards of £13,000.
Tracy appears with the dress on the listing, and wrote in the description: ‘Black dress worn by Tracy Brabin MP in “shouldergate” as widely covered across the media.
‘This is an ASOS dress which has been flying off the shelves as a result of the coverage – and is now sold out!‘All money raised will go to Girlguiding UK to support their work helping girls build confidence and self-esteem, in the hope that they grow up to be leaders. Please bid generously!’
At the time of writing, bidding has got to £13,200, but with over five days to go until the auction closes, it appears it’ll raise even more for the charity.
The auction began at just £10 two days ago, and there have been 137 bids in the meantime, showing a clear interest in the size 12 asymmetric frock.