Modeling Designer Gowns, Louise Linton Apologizes for 'Poor Shaming' Oregon Mom

Between stints modeling expensive ball gowns for a glossy magazine spread, Louise Linton spoke out for the first time after being widely criticized for lashing out at an Oregon mother of three who had criticized her on Instagram.

“I see the irony of making an apology in a ball gown! But it would be dishonest to proclaim that I’m never going to go to another social function. That’s also part of my life,” said the wife of Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, in an interview with society magazine Washington Life.

GettyImages-635174966 (1) Louise Linton, then the fiancée of newly sworn-in Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, watches as he speaks after taking the oath of office at the White House on February 13. Linton has conceded that her response was "indefensible" after criticism for flaunting designer goods on an official trip. MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

In an August 21 Instagram post, Linton had flaunted designer goods she wore on an official trip with her husband to Kentucky to meet Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, hashtagging such designer labels as Hermès and Valentino.

“Glad we could pay for your little getaway,” responded Oregon mother Jennifer Miller, 44, in a comment that ended with #deplorable.

Linton then attacked Miller, claiming that she and Mnuchin had contributed more to the economy and telling her to go watch some TV and try to enjoy her “cute” life.

In the Washington Life interview, Linton apologized for her response, which was widely criticized as elitist and out of touch.

“It was scary and surreal, but it forced me to take a deep look at what I had done. I don’t feel like a victim. I feel like the world gave me a good, hard wake-up call, and I’m OK with that,” said Linton.

“I want to say I concede completely to the comments of my critics. My post itself and the following response were indefensible. Period. I don’t have any excuses, nor do I feel any self-pity,” she said.

“I sincerely take ownership of my mistake. It’s clear that I was the one who was truly out of touch and my response was reactionary and condescending. I wish I hadn’t spoken in such a patronizing tone.”

Linton reportedly agreed to the interview before the controversy over her Instagram post erupted and initially wanted to back out, but instead decided to go ahead. She had previously apologized in a statement issued through a publicist the day after being criticized on Instagram.

The article is accompanied by several fashion photographs of Linton shot at the Washington mansion she shares with Mnuchin, in which she models a series of gowns by designer Ines Di Santo, whose couture collections reportedly range in price from $6,000 to $10,000.

A Scottish actress, Linton married Mnuchin at a Washington, D.C., ceremony in June, attended by President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump and officiated by Vice President Mike Pence.