Fashion Investor Miroslava Duma Named in Mueller Report
Duma is referred to as "a contact of Ivanka Trump's from the fashion industry."
Miroslava Duma is seen arriving at Dior Fashion show during Paris Fashion Week : Menswear Fall Winter 2018/2019 on January 22, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Jacopo Raule/GC Images)
The Mueller report was released in full on Thursday, and its contents included one name that might surprise some fashion-industry insiders: Russian digital entrepreneur and fashion investor Miroslava Duma.
Page 78 of the report included a reference to Duma, saying that Trump "received and turned down an invitation to the St. Petersburg Economic Forum": "In late December 2015, Mira Duma—a contact of Ivanka Trump's from the fashion industry—first passed along invitations for Ivanka Trump and candidate Trump from Sergei Prikhodko, a Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation."
This isn't Duma's first public imbroglio; last January, everyone from Naomi Campbell to Marc Goehring of 032c magazine voiced their disapproval of a six-year-old video in which Duma is seen making transphobic comments: when asked about female fashion being worn by men, Duma advocated for censorship at digital media brand Buro 24/7, saying, “Honestly, I dislike that. Because somewhere, on TV or in a magazine, a little boy could see it. And that boy wouldn’t understand it correctly, wouldn’t react correctly.”
Duma was also involved in the Ulyana Sergeenko scandal of last year, Instagramming the infamously racist thank-you card that the Russian designer wrote quoting the title of a Kanye West and Jay-Z song.
It's difficult to speculate about what kind of long-term consequences the embattled investor's naming in the Mueller report will have, but Duma has expressed admiration for Ivanka Trump in the past, writing of the First Daughter, "Thank you @ivankatrump. I love that you pioneer #womenwhowork . You are an inspiring mama."