No matter how much wealth Jeff Bezos amasses or how many high-profile events he attends, the world's third-richest man consistently fails to exude style, especially when adorned in a cowboy hat. This sentiment resurfaced recently as the billionaire posed for Vogue alongside his fianc\u00e9e, Lauren S\u00e1nchez, donning his favored headgear. The d\u00e9j\u00e0 vu harked back to 2021 when Bezos first sported a cowboy hat during his inaugural space voyage with Blue Origin, an act that drew criticism and persists to do so.\r\n\r\nREAD: \u201cOpenAI Shocker: CEO Axed and Co-founder Booted! Inside the Explosive Google Meet Call That Rocked the Tech World!\u201d\r\n\r\nThe habit of the ultra-wealthy appropriating Western attire as a means to connect with the working class is not a novel concept. Former Mexican President Vicente Fox once dubbed George W. Bush a "windshield cowboy," a term implying proficiency in driving a pickup truck but discomfort on horseback. Even Ronald Reagan, a known Stetson enthusiast, presented Mikhail Gorbachev with a cowboy hat in 1992, an episode remembered for the Soviet leader putting it on backward. Elon Musk, another figure in the billionaire space race, recently donned a Stetson at the US-Mexico border, sparking accusations of fashion faux pas.\r\nJeff Bezos\r\nCritics argue that Jeff Bezos attempt at Western authenticity falls flat, with real cowboys viewing his hat as a mere costume. Michael Grauer, a curator at the National Cowboy & Western History Museum, asserts that donning Western attire is a way for the wealthy to appropriate the symbolism of freedom and liberty associated with the cowboy image.\r\n\r\nJeff Bezos claim to rancher status, grounded in his ownership of vast tracts of land in west Texas, is dismissed by experts like Grauer, who highlights that merely wearing the hat and boots doesn't make one a true cowboy. The disconnect is further emphasized by Bezos's choice of attire, such as a short-sleeve shirt, considered impractical and unsafe by authentic ranchers.\r\n\r\nThe Vogue photoshoot with Bezos and S\u00e1nchez is seen by some as a calculated public relations move to soften Bezos's image, a perception heightened by the forced appearance of the cowboy hat. Despite the criticisms, it is acknowledged that Bezos may have found some enjoyment in the endeavor.\r\n\r\nIn essence, Bezos's attempt to channel cowboy aesthetics is viewed as contrived and out of touch, raising questions about authenticity and appropriateness in the portrayal of iconic cultural symbols.