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Jenna Bush Hager Shared a Fun Snap in Her Cape Dress before the CFDA Fashion Awards

Bettina Dizon
Jun 06, 2019
12:44 P.M.
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Jenna Bush Hager came to the CFDA Fashion Awards in a fiery red cape dress which sparked debate after her choice of clothing received negative comments.


Jenna Bush Hager, 37, was all glammed up for the (Council of Fashion Designers of America) CFDA Fashion Awards, wearing an avant-garde dress that fit her kids Mila, 6, and Poppy, 3, underneath.

The “Today” co-host shared a snap of her kids hiding beneath her spacious dress on Instagram Stories, where she wrote

“I have three children under this dress. THREE!!!”


The third child Hager referred to was her unborn son, who she didn’t talk about for six months after getting pregnant because of the guilt she had knowing her co-host, Hoda Kotb, wanted a child.

Hager’s fiery red cape-dress came from her designer friend Lela Rose but didn’t seem to hit it off with some critics. During Tuesday’s episode of “TODAY with Hoda & Jenna,” the 37-year-old shared about the “debate” that surrounded the dress.


“Some people were saying they didn’t like my dress,” Hager shared. “Our executive producer, Joanne (LaMarca), said she didn’t like it. She said, ‘Looks like you had a big night.’”

Still, the dress earned a few compliments coming from the host’s daughter, Poppy. Before leaving for the event, the three-year-old told her mom that she loved her cape and asked:

“Where are you flying to?”


The opinion of other people didn’t get in Hager’s way from having a good time at the fashion awards. Her strong personality and outspokenness were enough for her to hear her own thoughts louder than anybody else's.

Her characteristics can be attributed to her grandmother, former first lady Barbara Bush, who experienced being at an all-time low after losing her daughter to leukemia.


Bush passed away last year due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and congestive heart problems. A year after her grandmother’s passing, Hager talked about the influence the former first lady had on her.

“I just am so proud to have had a grandmother who lived fearlessly. Her life wasn’t always easy, but she raised us to be better,” the “Today” host shared