Heidi Klum to Donald Trump: Every Woman Is a “10”

In case you missed it, Donald Trump has been on a hair-raising (pun intended) mission to insult every woman in America. He calls it running for president. We call it something else entirely.

To explain the newest development, we need to back up to the Republican debate that took place on August 6. Fox News’ Megyn Kelly had a few questions for Trump, which he found “not nice” and “inappropriate.” Like when she tried to lead into a question with: “You’ve called women you don’t like fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals … ”

To which Trump clarified: “Only Rosie O’Donnell.”

Yes, apparently it’s “not nice” for someone to remind you of all the not nice things you have said about other people.

Naturally, critics were divided on whether or not her questions were actually unfair or just par for the course when you’re running for president.

Then earlier this week, when speaking with The New York Times about the debate, The Donald tried to defend himself (and spoiler alert: he did an awful job of it). In one breath he was saying how he finds women to be “amazing,” the next he said … well, this:

“Sometimes I do go a little bit far. Heidi Klum. Sadly, she’s no longer a 10.”

Um. What? Where does Heidi Klum fit into this? What point was he trying to illustrate about his own character by diminishing a woman’s beauty? Because really, all it shows is that this man has more than foot-in-mouth disease — he has no real, honest respect for women at all. (No matter what his wife and daughter insist.)

Heidi Klum, goddess mom-of-four that she is, initially took it all in stride, making light of the comment with an Instagram video that “revealed” her to be a 9.99.

And while it was funny, smart, and certainly gained her more coolness points than ever, she quickly realized that the issue is not really a laughing matter. Speaking to Access Hollywood, she said:

“I was just making light of the situation because it was kind of funny … I just thought, make it even more funny. But really, the whole entire situation about women is not really funny, you know to put a number on a woman. We juggle so many things and I feel that, you know, women who support their families, who have children, who make their lunches, drive them all over the place, work at the same time, I mean, we do so many things, so in my book, every woman is a 10.

Hear that, Trump? EVERY woman is a freaking 10.

Thank you, Heidi, for being the voice of reason in a ridiculous conversation. For standing up for every woman who has been marginalized and offended by not just Donald Trump but by every man like him. Because no matter how many female executives he may have working under him, and no matter how much he loves the women in his family, it doesn’t erase the fact that he believes he can reduce a woman to a number.

We are all 10s because our values cannot be quantified and our beauty should not be defined by one (or any) man.

We are all 10s because we are something to be admired, and respected, and loved.

We are all 10s because we set the price on our own worth — and no “joke” can diminish that.

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