Vanity Fair Published Fashion Feature On Sam Brinton, Showcased Allegedly Stolen Dress
UNITED STATES - JUNE 13: Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-N.Y., and Sam Brinton, of the Trevor Project, are seen during a news conference outside the Capitol on the "LGBTQ Essential Data Act," which would improve the collection of gender identity data in violent crimes on Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
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Vanity Fair Magazine published a fashion spread in 2022 that featured disgraced former White House official Sam Brinton — who identifies as nonbinary — wearing clothing that was allegedly stolen four years earlier.

Brinton, who was charged with felonies for allegedly stealing luggage from multiple airports, was removed as a nuclear official in President Joe Biden’s administration last December — and the story just took a strange turn.

Asya Khamsin, a fashion designer, recalled having one of her own suitcases stolen from an airport in 2018 — and out of curiosity, visited Brinton’s social media pages. To her surprise, she said she saw multiple items from her personal collection splashed across Brinton’s feed.

“I saw the images. Those were my custom designs, which were lost in that bag in 2018. He wore my clothes, which was stolen,” she told Fox News Digital. But that wasn’t all.

Vanity Fair also published a photo spread featuring Brinton on February 21, 2022 — titled “All the Style of Sam Brinton.” The sub-headline gave a brief description, saying, “The nuclear engineer, appointed by President Joe Biden to serve as deputy secretary at the top of the Department of Energy, has, in spite of his part, entered the crosshairs of controversy. The reason? A wardrobe made of stiletto heels, grand evening dresses, and flaming lipsticks.”

But according to a few social media sleuths, one of Khamsin’s dresses appeared in the spread as well.

“OMG. Vanity Fair did a fashion article on Sam Brinton featuring the ousted Biden official in one of the stolen dresses,” Whispers of Dementia (@mgEyesOpen) tweeted, sharing a photo of the Vanity Fair title page in response to a photo from the designer alleging the dress was hers.

Brinton was charged after police in Las Vegas matched surveillance photos of an alleged luggage thief with a photo of Brinton wearing the same shirt that was posted to Instagram the same day that the surveillance footage was taken.


The former Biden official was ultimately identified by a “white T-shirt with a large rainbow colored atomic nuclear symbol design” — but was reportedly caught on video taking luggage from the Las Vegas airport.

“Brinton demonstrated several signs of abnormal behavior while taking the victim’s luggage which are cues suspects typically give off when committing luggage theft,” investigators in Las Vegas wrote in their report. “Specifically, Brinton pulled the victim’s luggage from the carousel and examined the tag.”

“Then placing it back on the carousel, looking in all directions for anyone who might be watching, or might approach,” the report continued. “Pulling it back off the carousel and demonstrating the same behavior by looking around before walking away with it quickly. Brinton only having checked one piece of luggage, which Brinton had already claimed from the carousel, had no reason to be examining and taking any other pieces of luggage.”

Ryan Saavedra contributed to this report.

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