Compared to her husband, who seems to tweet his every stray thought, Melania has stayed relatively mum during her 16 months in the White House, making just a handful of public appearances. And when she does find herself in the spotlight, she makes more headlines for her grim, tight-lipped smiles (“cries for help” as some on social media have called them) and rebuffing her hubby’s attempts to hold her hand than she does for policy.
She’s found fashion fans along the way, many of whom reluctantly admit to getting excited to see her wardrobe given they don’t agree with her other half’s policy. “I understand this makes me a shallow, terrible person but I never get tired of admiring @FLOTUS fashion,” tweeted NYC-based news anchor Melissa Francis. “That coat is to die for. Sue me.”
Francis isn’t the only one who has taken a liking—or at least pivoted to a more neutral position—with regards to her feelings toward the First Lady. According to a new CNN poll, 57 percent of respondents have a favorable view of the first lady, a ten percent bump since January. Many believe the sympathy factor to be at play, especially in light of the recent reports of the president’s infidelities. (If the appearance of Stormi Daniels—who just sued President Trump for defamation—on SNL tells us anything, it’s that talk of POTUS’ sex life is certainly not going away anytime soon.)
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On Sunday, The Washington Post also reported that Melania and Donald Trump’s schedules rarely overlap these days, spurring headlines like, “Melania, Who Swats Trump’s Hand Away, Might Not Like Spending Time With Him.”
While the White House remains as tumultuous as ever, Melania’s fashion has remained consistently tailored, classic, and just ever-so-edgy (a pussy bow blouse here, a cut-away cape blazer there), but never straying too far from the conservative aesthetic of the powder blue Ralph Lauren skirt suit she wore on Inauguration day back in 2017.
Where her husband shouts/tweets into the void, Melania, instead, let’s her image do the talking for her. And on Monday, at least, it wasn’t saying much.
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