Sarah Huckabee Sanders Now Has A Full-Time Makeup Artist, And The American Taxpayer Is Paying For It

It’s impossible to say that former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci didn’t leave his mark on the Trump administration, but as far as contributing, he doesn’t have a lot there. Except for maybe one small detail: style.

Or a professional stylist, at least. Katy Price worked as a hair and makeup stylist for Russia Today (seriously) and CNN (ironically). She’s now a full-time White House official with a press office desk and the much fancier title of “production assistant.” She spends her days making press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, counselor Kellyanne Conway, and other officials ready for the camera.

The position was created because of the public praise Scaramucci’s polished look, and his team’s. Two days into his 10-day tenure as Communications Director, The Mooch appeared on CNN and endorsed Price, even if he couldn’t remember her name. “Sarah, if you’re watching, I loved the hair and makeup person we had on Friday,” Scaramucci said during an interview. “So I’d like to continue to use the hair and makeup person.”

One Beatles week later, The Mooch was out, but Price got to stay on the White House staff. And since she is on the government payroll, her salary will be made public in the summer.

The need for a makeup artist on staff isn’t unique for the White House, not even the current one. But as Politico points out:

In an administration in which the man at the top is obsessed with television and appearances — often gravitating toward people he believes look like they were sent over from “central casting” — the question of who dolls up the staff has become a subject of fascination for regular cable news viewers, glued to the drama being played out daily by a shiny-haired, lip-glossed cast of characters.

And Price is loving her job, filling her social media pages with pictures of herself at White House events, and even using #blessed.

“Katie is a great addition to the team,” said Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who was paying out of pocket for a stylist before Price joined them. “It’s a combination of her talent and her support of what we’re doing. You don’t want someone who doesn’t support what we’re doing or want to be here…she definitely made life easier.”

Her predecessor, Sean Spicer, applied his own makeup.

While hiring a full-time stylist might be a bit much—the fact that the White House wouldn’t pay for their on-camera people to have proper styling is a bit ridiculous.

Nicole James
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Nicole James is a lifelong Democrat and political activist who first cut her teeth as a teenager volunteering for Mike Dukakis’ presidential campaign. She has worked and volunteered for John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, HFA (Hillary For America) and Organizing For Action. She’s passionate about liberal and progressive causes, and considers President Obama her most favorite president ever. She holds her Bachelor’s from Boston College and her Master’s from Columbia University, both in Economics. When not working as a writer, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her three teenagers.

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