Everyone Wants Aretha's Hat
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 23, 2009 8:31 AM CST
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(Newser) – Aretha Franklin’s inauguration hat has been mercilessly mocked by some, but lots of people want one of their very own. The Detroit millinery where Franklin has been a customer for 20 years has been flooded with calls for orders, the AP reports. But Aretha wannabes soon learn that the hand-molded $500 hat isn't for sale—it was custom-designed for her. Instead, customers can order a slightly different version for $179.

“They want the same hat, but they understand it's for the ‘Queen’ only. Ninety-nine percent said, ‘That's fine. I'll get the next best thing,’” said the store owner. “We always make hats for her for high-profile events, so for us, the inauguration really was no big deal.”

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Jan 24, 2009 4:32 AM CST
Yall I love the "queen of soul" and respect her and recognize her talent, but the hat?? Hell no
Jan 23, 2009 11:37 PM CST
She is possibly;y the greatest female soul singer of all time, but that hat looks like something from a cartoon. And she hasn't made a decent album since the 1970's. Blame the $$, fame and record producers......
Jan 23, 2009 4:13 AM CST
Some people have taste for shit!