A LOVELY FIRST LADY

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS -

She wears a sim­ple black blazer and match­ing neck scarf, her arms are crossed, her gaze steady. The White House re­leased the first of­fi­cial por­trait of first lady Me­la­nia Trump on Mon­day — and it is very nice in­deed. Mrs. Trump, who spent years as a high-fash­ion model, looks both dig­ni­fied and beau­ti­ful, stand­ing be­fore one of the arch-topped lunette win­dows lo­cated in the pri­vate res­i­dence of the White House.

“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,” Mrs. Trump said in a state­ment is­sued by the White House.

Global me­dia cov­er­age was in­stant, and most of it was neu­tral — the im­age ap­pears to speak for it­self. But of course, there was a pre­dictable gag­gle of crit­i­cal scribes who de­scended to var­i­ous so­cial me­dia sites to won­der if the photo had been air­brushed, or if Mrs. Trump should have worn her di­a­mond en­gage­ment ring. Vogue mag­a­zine of­fered an in­ter­est­ing take — equat­ing both the cam­era pose and the back­drop to Nancy Rea­gan’s in a pre­vi­ous era.

Mrs. Trump’s many fans were there for her, how­ever. Among the many pos­i­tive re­ac­tions on Twit­ter: “I am so proud of her,” “ab­so­lutely stun­ning” and “what a beau­ti­ful first lady we have.”

WHITE HOUSE

The White House re­leased first lady Me­la­nia Trump’s of­fi­cial por­trait Mon­day. “I am hon­ored to serve in the role of first lady,” Mrs. Trump said in a state­ment is­sued by the White House.

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