Designer Zuhair Murad slammed for dressing 'bully' Chrissy Teigen for UNICEF gala

Designer Zuhair Murad was slammed for clothing Chrissy Teigen for a UNICEF event in Italy amid numerous bullying allegations against the model

                            Designer Zuhair Murad slammed for dressing 'bully' Chrissy Teigen for UNICEF gala
Zuhair Murad and Chrissy Teigen wearing one of his creations for the UNICEF gala (Stephane Cardinale/ Getty Images/ Instagram chrissyteigen)

Critics on social media have slammed designer Zuhair Murad for clothing Chrissy Teigen for a UNICEF event in Italy in the wake of the model's recent social media "bullying" fiasco. The designer has been accused of "supporting the bully", news outlets revealed on Monday, August 2. 

Teigen, who recently landed in a sea of controversy as her past 'bullying' tweets and remarks resurfaced online, had last month posted about her crumbling mental health after getting canceled. However, people did not take that it kindly because the 35-year-old mother-of-two was called out by netizens for brutal "bullying" people and allegedly even driving Michael Costello to the brink of depression and suicide.


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However, people like conservative author Candace Owens were not the ones to forgive the model who had once asked Courtney Stodden to "kill herself" and mocked Lindsay Lohan's self-harming. The 35-year-old model has been wearing Zuhair Murad's creations for years. The designer posted pictures of her wearing his work on Instagram on Sunday, where Teigen stood with her singer husband John Legend in a beaded caftan gown with feathers. 


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The photos shared by Murad led many to wonder whether the celebrated designer was openly supportive of Teigen, considering her past controversies. Murad posted the images with the caption: "Chrissy Teigen and her husband, showing off her glittering look, wore a white beaded caftan gown with a plunging neckline and feathered hem from the #ZMCouture Spring 2021 Collection at the #LVRxUNICEF gala in Capri, Italy."

Although the image received over 50,000 likes, many people were angered by the Lebanese designer's decision to dress up Teigen after it was revealed that she had abused Courtney Stodden, Michael Costello and others online. "Oof. Read the news much? Chrissy Teigen is not the right representative for any brand," one of the comments stated. "Love your brand, but supporting the bully is not acceptable," quipped another. "Beautiful dress, just a shame who’s wearing it.." a third chipped in. 

Several reviewers threatened to 'unfollow' the designer if he continued to collaborate with the model and cookbook author. "Unfollowed, a brand that supports bullies and people who tell kids to commit suicide has low moral standards," a netizen wrote. "It's shameful, if you don't care about respect and mental health of people, I don't see a reason to respect your brand, unfollow," another Instagram user explained.

Chrissy Teigen in her Zuhair Murad dress (Instagram/chrissyteigen)

Teigen seemed unfazed by haters as she shared the pictures on her own Instagram account. She thanked Zuhair Murad, Lorraine Schwartz and Jimmy Choo and a bunch of other people, for making her "feel so pretty and helping me along in my quest to have my first sober Italian getaway." She began her message by saying, "Car plane car lunch lunch car plane another plane another car boat lunch dinner dinner dinner another car another boat plane another plane car HOME!! we haven’t done something like this for soooo long, it made us feel young again!"

Murad was reached out to by the Daily Mail for comment. The designer also dressed models Lais Ribeiro and Daniela De Jesus Cosio for a gala in Capri sponsored by the luxury shop Luisa Via Roma to benefit UNICEF Italy.