There is nothing wrong with wanting things for free, saving money is the absolute best! However, there is something to be said when the person who will be providing you the service has an expectation of getting paid. Marla Maples, the ex-wife of Donald Trump, wanted to hire freelance stylist Tricia Kelly, to do her and her daughter’s hair for the Inauguration. Kelly was contacted by Marla’s publicist, who is also happens to be a long time client of the stylist. She was told that both Maples and her daughter Tiffany wanted to get their hair done, after providing her rates it was unveiled that they would be sharing a budget of $300 for hair and makeup. After hearing this news, Kelly graciously lowered her fee to $200.
When she heard the offer, Maple’s assistant suggested that Kelly do both their hair in exchange for “exposure,” meaning instead of getting compensation, she would be mentioned on their social media accounts.
“I was stunned,” Kelly said to The Washington Post, “I told them . . . I work for a fee, not for free.” Kelly has been contacted to service many politicians, however this was the first time she was ever offered no compensation in return. She continued on to say that many of her clients “make far less than they do who pay full price.” She than claimed “People on staff — the incoming White House and the outgoing one — pay full price. It seemed like they were trying to see how much they could get for free based on their names.”
When The Washington Post reached out for comment, Marla’s publicist sent Kelly a threating email. “You are messing with the president of the United States,” Marla’s publicist stated she was concerned about her financial situation “She is used to a certain lifestyle and you don’t understand that.”
Although, it is not wrong to ask for a complementary service – it is wrong to ask, when the stylist has already stated that she expects compensation.