ABC News presenter Virginia Trioli has been given some unsolicited feedback on her sartorial choices by a fan whose hand-written critique is nothing short of extraordinary. Delighted to have such a knowledgeable stylist on retainer (…cough…) Trioli shared the A4 letter on Twitter.
The note starts off friendly enough with, “I watch you every morning…”. How nice! A fan.
But then it takes a turn for the, er, personal: “I feel you are definitely in need of a makeover”. Oh.
The author takes a pot shot at Trioli’s hair (“straggly”, should be shorter, needs highlights), her glasses (“ugh!” and “owlish”), and the colour of her clothes (“get rid of blacks and browns” because they are very ageing; “light and bright is the go!”).
The amateur stylist also wanted to know where Trioli was buying her outfits: “Dare I say, did you obtain your clothes from charity shops?”
But don’t worry, the author of the letter has Trioli’s best interests at heart: “This is NOT meant to insult you”, but rather to make sure “you look 40 not 60“. Ahem, #nooffencebut.
Trioli’s new pen pal is also very confident that she will take their feedback on board: “Looking forward to seeing a NEW VIRGINIA”.
Thankfully, Trioli has laughed it off – it’s probably not the first (or last) time that she’s received this kind of inane feedback.
It’s fair to say that male news presenters don’t get this kind of correspondence. Trioli’s co-host Michael Rowland apparently never gets criticised “except for the odd occasion viewers object to the men not wearing a tie”.
Unsurprisingly, Trioli is not alone. During her 2013 Andrew Olle media lecture, journalist and Nine’s Today Show host, Lisa Wilkinson told of what she’d come to expect as a high-profile female journalist, saying, “when you’re a woman doing breakfast TV, you quickly learn the sad truth, that what you wear can sometimes generate a bigger reaction than even any political interview you ever do.”
She shared an email she received from a viewer named Angela:
“Who the heck is Lisa’s stylist?
Whoever it is has Lisa in some shocking clothes.
Today’s outfit is particularly jarring and awful.
Just my 2 cents worth.
Get Some Style.”