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Politician Raises Over $26k For Charity By Auctioning Off 'Shouldergate' Dress After Being Criticized For Her 'Revealing' Attire

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People are somehow still criticizing women based on their outfits in the year 2020.

The latest target was an off-the-shoulder dress worn by UK politician Tracy Brabin in the House of Commons.

But she flipped the script by raising over $26,000 for charity by selling the dress.


Brabin was forced to defend her attire last week after the dress slipped down her shoulder when she leaned on the despatch box due to a broken ankle.

The final bid for the controversial dress came in seconds before the auction ended at 6.41pm, with the winning bidder paying £20,200 (over $26,000).

The winning bid came in seconds before the auction ended. (Ebay/PA)

"It's extremely humbling to be able to do this for Girlguiding, and I am looking forward to attending a meeting tonight and celebrating with the girls," Brabin told the PA news agency.

"I want to encourage them to really be proud of who they are, to support each other as girls, and to not take any criticism from anyone — particularly boys – as I have found in my experiences with Twitter."

After reading the comments, Brabin took to Twitter to defend her attire.

She wrote she is not a "slag, hungover, a tart, about to breastfeed, a slapper, drunk, just been banged over a wheelie bin."

Tracy Brabin\u2019s dressScreen grab image from the auction site eBay of a page set up by Tracy Brabin. (PA)PA Media - eBay

More than 180 bids were placed on the dress. The starting bid was of £10 ($13) and was originally bought on ASOS for £35 ($45).

Brabin said she listed the dress as a way of standing up for women in the workplace.

"I thought I would maybe get £500 for it, which would have been amazing," she said.

"I do not think in three years being an MP anything has made quite as much an impact like this," she said.

"You could say that I'm foolish for wanting to be an MP. As #shouldergate has shown, female MPs are often vilified for their looks, not their actions," Henrietta, a 15-year-old member of Girlguiding's Advocate Panel, said.

"This demeans girls and our aspirations to be politicians. But Tracy Brabin – and all the people who supported her and Girlguiding by bidding on the dress – have shown that oppression is never acceptable," she continued.

The internet agreed.




"Girlguiding helped me persevere against the judgment of my looks," Henrietta said.

"I'm elated that the money raised is going to an organization that inspires girls and builds our confidence at a time where women's concerns are dismissed as 'humbug.' Girlguiding makes the future brighter for girls and young women."

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