Oprah Winfrey and the Handbag She Couldn’t Have

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When Oprah Winfrey, one of the most famous television personalities and wealthiest women in the United States, walked into a luxury store in Zurich last month, she spied an expensive Tom Ford crocodile handbag in a locked case. The price: 35,000 Swiss francs, or the equivalent of about $38,000.

But Ms. Winfrey left the shop empty-handed. Not because she could not afford it, but Ms. Winfrey, who is black, was steered to less expensive handbags by a saleswoman even after trying several times to see the one she wanted.

Ms. Winfrey said. “I said, ‘But I really do just want to see that one,’ and she said, ‘Oh, I don’t want to hurt your feelings,’ and I said: ‘O.K., thank you so much. You’re probably right, I can’t afford it.’ And I walked out of the store.

Forbes reported in June that Ms. Winfrey is No. 1 on its list of the most powerful celebrities. It said she made an estimated $77 million from June 2012 to June 2013, down from $165 million in the same period the previous year.

I wonder how stupid that lady feels now?

New York Times

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Posted on August 9, 2013, in Money and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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