Tuesday 26 September 2017

Melania Trump's first official portrait as First Lady has been released and it's seriously glam

In this handout image provided by the White House, First Lady Melania Trump poses for her official portrait in her residence at the White House April 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by The White House via Getty Images)
In this handout image provided by the White House, First Lady Melania Trump poses for her official portrait in her residence at the White House April 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by The White House via Getty Images)
First Lady Melania Trump honors International Women of Courage during a ceremony at the State Department in Washington, DC, March 29, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSONJIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images
U.S. first lady Melania Trump attends the 2017 Secretary of State's International Women of Courage Award March 29, 2017 in Washington, DC. The award honors women who have demonstrated exceptional courage, strength, and leadership in acting to improve the lives of others. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump and U.S. first lady Melania Trump walk with their son Barron to Marine One at the White House in Washington, U.S., March 17, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
US First Lady Melania Trump arrives before US President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of the US Congress on February 28, 2017, in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGANMANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images
First Lady Melania Trump honors International Women of Courage during a ceremony at the State Department in Washington, DC, March 29, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSONJIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images
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Meet America's Next Top First Lady.

It's no secret that US first lady Melania Trump likes glamour. Her couture-filled wardrobe, impeccable nails and perfectly coiffed hair for every occasion tell us that right off the bat, but her new official portrait and uncanny ability to smize would make Tyra Banks proud.

Nothing about the Trumps is usual in the White House so it stands to reason that Melania's portrait would stand out from her predecessors - including Michelle Obama, Nancy Reagan and Laura Bush's portraits, which feature open arms and wide smiles, while the Slovenia native looks much more down-to-business in front of the camera.

It also appears to be airbrushed and more representative of a feature in a glossy magazine than a portrait adorning the White House walls.

The former model is clearly taking posing tips from her husband, US President Donald Trump, with her no-nonsense demeanour and crossed arms, much like his time hosting The Apprentice.

Her enormous 12-carat diamond engagement ring (which cost an estimated €935,000) takes pride of place in the shot. Not to mention her French gel manicure.

No designer has yet taken credit for her sequin bow blouse and black blazer, although it's expected she opted for an American designer, despite her attempts at diplomacy through international fashion during her select appearances since President Trump's inauguration on January 20.

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US First Lady Melania Trump arrives before US President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of the US Congress on February 28, 2017, in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGANMANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

The picture was taken in the second floor of the private residence, in front of the East and West Sitting Halls, which is a location preferred by many a First Lady before her and while she has yet to share her causes or intentions during her husband's time in office, she did release a statement saying: "I am honoured to serve in the role of First Lady, and look forward to working on behalf of the American people over the coming years."

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