Is This a Photograph of Jill Biden in ‘Fishnet Stockings’?

A picture of 69-year-old First Lady Jill Biden deplaning while wearing 'fishnet stockings' touched off online debate over the appropriateness of her ensemble.

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Claim

A photograph shows First Lady Jill Biden deplaning in black patterned hosiery, ankle boots, and a skirt.

Origin

In April 2021, social media users circulated a photograph purportedly showing First Lady Jill Biden sporting a pair of ‘fishnet stockings’ and a short skirt while disembarking from an airplane at a military base:

Jill Biden in fishnet stockings

This was indeed a real photograph of the 69-year-old first lady, taken on April 1, 2021, as she arrived at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland after returning from a trip to California to mark the birthday of labor organizer César Chávez. Biden’s ensemble included black patterned hosiery, black ankle boots, a black blazer, and what looks to be a leather skirt:

Jill Biden in fishnet stockings
US First Lady Jill Biden deplanes upon arrival at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on April 1, 2021. – Biden returned to Washington after a visit to California. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / POOL / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Some critics asserted the first lady’s mode of attire was “trashy” or “inappropriate”:

Defenders of Biden’s look proclaimed that her ensemble was “amazing” and “classy”:

Some commenters also took exception to the term “fishnet,” maintaining that the first lady’s legwear was more correctly called “patterned hose” or “lace stockings” or “floral tights”: