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Posted: April 03, 2017

Melania Trump’s official White House portrait released, Twitter responds

First lady Melania Trump's official White House portrait has been unveiled. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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First lady Melania Trump's official White House portrait has been unveiled. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

By Kelcie Willis, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

WASHINGTON —

The official White House portrait of first lady Melania Trump was unveiled Monday, more than two months after President Donald Trump was inaugurated.

The portrait shows Trump with her arms crossed, wearing a black jacket and a black blouse, her hair down and a slightly smoky eye and pink lip gloss. Her reported 25-carat diamond ring, gifted to her from Donald Trump for their 10th wedding anniversary, is also visible.

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“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, 46, said in a statement that accompanied the image.

Official Portrait of First Lady

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Despite the White House statement that the photo was taken at her “new residence at the White House,” People reported that Trump continues to live at Trump Tower with her son, Barron, in New York City. Barron, 11, is finishing up the school year at home, and he and his mother are expected to visit Washington in the summer.

Vogue reported that Trump’s photo bears a resemblance to that of former first lady Nancy Reagan, down to the bow tied at the neck of each woman’s blouse in the photos and the similar style of window in the background.

Some reacted on Twitter to the image with criticism of the perceived amount of editing on and overall effect of the image.

Others tweeted about Trump’s beauty in the portrait.

The critiques are not the first for a First Lady portrait. Former first lady Michelle Obama’s 2008 portrait raised some eyebrows because her bare arms.

The image is on the official White House site along with a brief biography of the first lady. It includes an overview of her modeling career, which she began at age 16, her charity work and her platform as first lady to combat cyberbullying.


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