‘Deal or No Deal’ stylist refutes Meghan Markle’s ‘bimbo’ comments

Meghan Markle can’t make a deal here.

Dina Cerchione, who served as costume designer for “Deal or No Deal,” took to Instagram on Friday to defend her work after the Duchess of Sussex, 41, said on her “Archetypes” podcast that being a model in the game show she feels like a “bimbo”.

The stylist, who said it had been “a tough week” after hearing Markle claim she was “objective” while appearing on the game show, wrote a lengthy post following the royal’s new podcast episode.

“I had the privilege of designing the look for Deal or No Deal, for all the women and of course @howiemandel,” Cerchione wrote, adding that she had “thought a lot about this” and “wouldn’t change a thing.”

“There was a mission at work to do the best we could, take care of our entire team and treat everyone with the respect they deserved and deserve,” she said.

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Markle entered the show as a briefcase model in 2006.
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The Hollywood stylist went on to write that “the women were given such incredible opportunities,” including other television roles, “being on Oprah” and “starting businesses and more,” calling the game show a “launching pad” for many.

In fact, Markle herself got her big break on the early aughts game show, where she appeared from 2006 to 2007 before landing her starring role on “Suits” in 2011.

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Stylist Dina Cerchione designed outfits worn by the “Deal or No Deal” briefcase models.

In the episode of “Archetypes,” which featured Paris Hilton as a guest, Markle acknowledged that she was “grateful for the job, but not for how it [her] feel, which was not smart.”

The mother-of-two – who went on a shopping spree at the weekend following the backlash from her remarks – went on to say she would leave the set feeling “that I was so much more than what was being objectified on stage.”

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“I didn’t like being forced to be all appearance and little substance, and that’s how it felt to me at the time,” the Duchess said. “Being reduced to this specific archetype: the word ‘bimbo'”.

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“We all knew how lucky we were and how special our TV family was,” Cerchione wrote of joining “Deal or No Deal.”
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Along with Cerchione, several “Deal or No Deal” models have spoken out against Markle’s claims.

“Deal or No Deal NEVER treated us like bimbos,” wrote former “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star and briefcase model Claudia Jordan, who said the show helped kickstart her career.

“This is not one [sic] attack Meghan because Lord knows I’ve defended this woman in the media for years and I still WANT to, but I just didn’t want any misunderstandings about the climate and the environment on the Deal or No Deal set,” she added on her Instagram History.

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Another “Deal or No Deal” star, Lisa Gleave, told the Times that Markle’s comments were “offensive” and that the duchess “may have felt that way because of who she was or who she tried to be. But she was not treated as [a bimbo].”

Fellow model Donna Feldman agreed, telling the Post, “I disagree that I or anyone on the show has ever been treated like a ‘bimbo,'” adding that “you know what you’re signing up for” and “it’s up for a woman to decide which experience will empower her or use it as an excuse to seek attention.”

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Markle (with briefcase 24, top center) wore a poodle skirt during an episode of “Deal or No Deal.”
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