Welcome to our column,Hi, quick question,“where we investigate seemingly random incidents in the fashion and beauty industry.
It seems like almost yesterday that Anna Delvey first came onto our radar – and not for good reasons.
As we now well know, the Delvey-slash-Sorokin story first went viral in a 2018 The cut article by Jessica Pressler. The riveting revelation described how the then 27-year-old, who posed as a German heiress, had swindled his way into the likes of Manhattan’s elite, luxuriated in the most sought-after boutique hotels, kissed on private jets and more often than not. , swindling bankers and close acquaintances out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. The catch was that Delvey convinced those in her circle that she was worth millions.
As a consequence of her plans, faux “Nepo baby” was arrested in 2017. After a month-long trial period in 2019, she was found guilty of four counts of theft of services, three counts of grand larceny, and one count of attempted grand larceny.
Although she spent time in New York’s prison facilities, Delvey kept herself relevant. Over the past four years, she has been featured in a number of articles and interviewed by celebrities such as Paris Hilton and Julia Fox. She released one art collection filled with pencil sketches and NFTs. Then there was Shonda Rhimes’ Netflix dramatization of her story, “Invents Anna,” which became one of the platform’s record series.
After a few years behind bars—in Rikers, in state prison, then in ICE detention—Delvey was released in October and settled in her reportedly-$4,000-a-month Manhattan residence. She also wasted no time re-entering fashion’s radar as a sort of must-watch “It” girl.
In the nearly two months since his release, the now 31-year-old has been photographed, profiled and written about by a number of outlets. Delvey’s first night under house arrest was documented by New York Times. Variety the interview her in her East Village apartment. She has done original photoshoots for Evening Standard and latest, The cut. All the while, she has gathered even more followers: 1.1 million followers Instagram35,000 on Twitter195.7 million views on TikTok.
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She has also hired a publicist. We know this because not long after her release, a representative for Delvey contacted Fashionista and said their client “is open to interview opportunities and photo shoots at her East Village, NY apartment.”
sorry excuse me?
Fashionista may have ignored the request, but it seems a number of older publications didn’t, instead jumping at the opportunity to get the con artist turned celeb to speak. It makes me wonder if this was literal somebody else would they also get glossy covers and exclusive features? (We know the answer to this one: Probably not!)
An obvious factor in this redemption arc is that Delvey is a white woman. Fashion has long been obsessed with the aesthetic of a white woman in mascara-smeared mugshots, glamified ankle monitors and post-prison sightings, fueled by tabloids circa 2007. Some have even cashed in on it, whether through DIY printed T-shirts or Yandy’s sold-out Delvey-inspired “Coin heir“Halloween costume.
The sensationalization and glamorization of the incarceration of white people is a very different story than what happens to people of color in similar positions.
In his profile of Delvey, Evening Standard writes that she is “controversial, chaotic, and—swapping prison for house arrest in a cozy East Village apartment—increasingly chic.” Harper’s Bazaar United Kingdom, meanwhile interviewing her about hercome back.” The Cut’s latest spread follows her out on paroledressed in head-to-toe designer.
All these shiny features just beg the question: Why? Why give this person this kind of attention? Why get involved?
Are the clicks worth it?