It’s official. This is the portrait of Melania Trump that will be hung in the White House. Kudos to Melania for finding time to pose for the photo. Between being a mom to Barron in New York, and traveling to Mar-a-lago for weekends with the Donald, it must have been really hard to work in a White House photo shoot.
I was worried that she might not have time for a new photo, and simply use one from her portfolio. This one wouldn’t be right, as she had on sunglasses.
This one would be all wrong because there might be confusion about which was the first lady.
Environmentalists would object to this one due to the fur in the background.
The NRA was hoping this one would be chosen, but there’s those darn sun glasses again.
The White House Chief of Staff objected to this one as it wasn’t shot in the First Bedroom.
Melania liked this one, but you couldn’t see her ring!
The photo chosen by Melania is offensive for at least two reasons. The first is the focus on the diamond ring she is wearing. Obviously she intended the ring to be a focus, as the photo could have cut out her hands completely. So, how big is that diamond? Vanity Fair reports that it is a 25 carat diamond ring! Remember when Trump explained in his victory speech that he would be President for ALL Americans?
Certainly the First Lady wearing a 25 carat diamond ring doesn’t give the impression that she is “one of us”.
The second problem with the portrait is that it’s been photo-shopped to such an extent that it appears that Melania is about 25 years old. Her skin is perfect. She has no signs of age. Compare her White House portrait with these that reveal a more accurate image of Melania.
Finally, compare this picture of Melania with the portraits of other recent first ladies. Their portraits convey distinction and respect for the White House.
Melania’s portrait screams of the ostentatious of Donald and Melania Trump. Melania and her ring convey the image of “things” bought and paid for by Donald Trump. Trump works hard to convey the impression that he is to be admired due to his wealth, and the things he can buy. The portrait of Melania reinforces that image.