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Melania Trump’s new portrait divides public opinion (and check out that ring!)

From her big rock ring to looking heavily airbrushed, Tweeple have had a lot to say about Melania Trump's first official portrait.

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi | Published: April 4, 2017 6:05:56 pm
What do you think of Melania Trump’s first official portrait? (Source: FLOTUS/Twitter)

US First Lady Melania Trump is not usually seen in public much, but when she is, there is usually a controversy knocking somewhere. The latest issue that has the public divided is the official portrait released by the White House. In the picture, the former model is shown from the waist up, standing with her arms crossed, dressed in a black jacket with a black bow around her neck. She’s wearing a slight smile and a big-rock ring on her left hand that has had everyone talking.

The portrait has been shot by Belgian-born photographer Regine Mahaux, who has previously worked with the Trump family. “I am honored to serve in the role of first lady, and look forward to working on behalf of the American people over the coming years,” Trump said in a short statement accompanying the photo’s release.


While some commenters gushed that the first lady was “beyond beautiful” and “gorgeous”, others mocked the image as highly airbrushed and compared the gauzy background – a window in the White House residence – to 1990s school portrait settings. Not many could get over the size of the ring on her hand, so much so that the rather subdued sparkler on the other went rather unnoticed.

Here’s what some people have been saying:


Other critics jumped on a line in the White House statement that said the portrait was taken in Trump’s “new residence at the White House”. While every other modern first lady has accompanied her husband to Washington, the 46-year-old Trump has remained at her luxury triplex penthouse in Manhattan and not made many public appearances. Trump has said she would remain in New York until son Barron finishes the school year.

In the meantime, Trump’s stance and that background window have both given tweeple meme-spiration, which has us cracking up.


But then, this is not the first time that a first lady portrait has stoked controversy. Michelle Obama was criticised for wearing a sleeveless dress in her first official portrait in 2009, with some saying the bare arms were too casual.

(Source: The White House)

With AFP inputs.

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