In Slove­nia with the First Lady

Vocable (All English) - - Édito Sommaire -

“Enig­matic” and “dis­creet” are the qual­i­ties favoured by the press when de­scrib­ing Me­la­nia Trump. It has been two years since the for­mer Slove­nian-Amer­i­can fash­ion model found her­self pro­pelled into the po­si­tion of First Lady of the United States. Since then, ar­ti­cles and ru­mours of all sorts have cir­cu­lated. Dis­creet in the me­dia, Me­la­nia Trump, un­like her pre­de­ces­sors and hus­band, seems to pre­fer avoid­ing the spot­light. And, in the last few months, when she did make a pub­lic ap­pear­ance, the gaffes seem to have mul­ti­plied. One ex­am­ple, on a visit to a chil­dren’s mi­grant cen­tre at the Mex­i­can bor­der last June, she wore a jacket with the slo­gan, “I re­ally don’t care, do u?”. Yet, it was thanks to her and Ivanka Trump, that the Amer­i­can pres­i­dent was per­suaded to end the pol­icy of “zero tol­er­ance” that sep­a­rated mi­grant par­ents from their chil­dren. Never be­fore has a First Lady per­formed her role with such am­biva­lence. In this is­sue, we fea­ture an ar­ti­cle on Me­la­nia Trump’s home­town in Slove­nia and how it is cap­i­tal­is­ing on her fame. Also, on of­fer, is an ex­posé on the artist, JeanMichel Basquiat, sub­ject of an ex­hi­bi­tion by the Louis Vuit­ton Foun­da­tion. This non-con­form­ist painter, who died in 1988 at the age of twen­ty­seven, made a pro­found im­pact on art and cul­ture dur­ing his short life. His col­lab­o­ra­tion with Andy Warhol and his avant-garde work, heav­ily in­flu­enced by street art and African-Amer­i­can cul­ture, made him a star that con­tin­ues to shine thirty years af­ter his death…


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