The scandal surrounding Donald Sterling allegedly making racist comments has, of course, focused attention on the woman who recorded those comments, V. Stiviano. The Web site TMZ, never one to ignore someone suddenly thrust into the public eye, posted a video with footage picked up from the Los Angeles ABC affiliate, showing Stiviano outside her L.A. residence.
TMZ’s own story was headlined, “V. Stiviano Emerges in Public In Weird Face Mask,” but, of course, she is simply wearing an oversized, reflective golf visor pulled low over head for obvious counter-papparazzi reasons. And this jolt of publicity continues a big month for oversized golf visors.
Michelle Wie has been tearing it up at the LPGA Tour, winning the Lotte Championship two weeks ago and finishing in the top 10 at last week’s Swinging Skirts Championship (yes, that’s its real name). Wie leads the tour in money and is second in scoring, and she’s doing it all while wearing a retro, oversized visor. Wie has said that she is wearing one because, at 24, she is already seeing wrinkles, but given her status as one of the golfing world’s leading fashion trend-setters, whatever she’s sporting on the course becomes an in-demand item.
Indeed, in light of Wie’s success, sartorial and otherwise, the blog Golf Girl’s Diary (“The fun, flirty, fashionable golf blog”) asks, “The Summer of the Oversized Visor?” Time will tell, but the woman at the center of the Donald Sterling scandal seems to think so. Although she may simply be looking for protection from something other than the sun.