Do you want to send a fan letter to Dr. Deborah Birx? Slide into the DM’s from the “Deborah Birx Scarves” Instagram account.
Although the tribute account is not officially affiliated with the now famous doctor, it has not stopped thousands of fans from sending messages of thanks to the member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, who is wearing a scarf, whose distinctive accessory has provided a brilliant daily distraction and thwart the severity of our national emergency.
“I get lots of people texting me knowing it’s a fan account, just to say they love it,” Victoria Strout, a music marketing executive based in Fort Worth, Texas, told The Post.
“Then there are a lot of people who think I’m Deborah Birx, and they send me very sincere messages,” says Strout. “I always feel the need to respond to people who really think I am her. But I love being a place where those words of encouragement can come together. ”
Strout started the fan account on March 29 because she and her friends found themselves in intense and flattering conversations about Dr. Birx’s calming demeanor, impressive resume, and of course his approachable but refined style.
“She is sensible, cold and communicates in a very direct way,” says Strout. “I really admire her.”
Regarding her striking scarves: “My friends and I have many questions. Do you fold, hang, or have a big dry cleaning budget? It seems natural to document it. ”
Strout posts daily photos of the 64-year-old woman accompanied by captions that sometimes reveal the brand, price, or origin of her scarf. Most of the information comes from other Birx enthusiasts who provide information in the comments. In the two weeks since its inception, Deborah Birx Scarves has grown to over 13,000 followers.
“Suddenly, people started to find him and follow him,” says Strout. “Which is fun for me because that means people were looking for it.”
SSince Birx doesn’t seem to be on social media or has done his best to acknowledge our national conversation about his wardrobe, there is a lasting curiosity. Are you aware of your newly minted place as a fashion icon?
“They probably don’t have time to get involved in the social narrative,” says Strout. “I hope your daughters have said, ‘Mom, check this out.’
But in the absence of an official Birx collection box, fans flock to Strout’s inbox. And he takes his role as custodian of Birx’s fan mail very seriously.
“I imagine some of the difficulties she has had to face, and I hope this encourages her.”