Ever the picture of grace and elegance, First Lady Melania Trump has often evoked images of another former first lady, elegant in her own right, that of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. A former fashion model, Melania has remained the subject of global headlines following her brief departure from the public eye following an unexpected kidney surgery.
A recent picture of Melania as she returns to the public eye taken by Doug Mills of the New York Times captures the immense pressure she is under daily. The photo of the First Lady depicts Melania watching her husband President Donald Trump as he meets with Their Majesties King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia, the Monarchs of Spain in the Oval Office.
— Doug Mills (@dougmillsnyt) June 19, 2018
The photo went viral as many people pointed out how indicative it was of the fishbowl that is Melania’s current life. The insane number of photographers and journalists hovering over her capturing every twitch and sigh she makes, quite literally waiting for her to mess up or fail in some way. Living what many would describe as a terrifying life, it is all portrayed by this one incredible photograph as it depicts the insanity of the scrutiny of a public figure.
One man tweeted that the press should not be allowed so close. He tweeted – “They really should not be allowed to get that close while she is sitting.. I don’t care if they have journalism degrees.. Personal space should be observed as a right of decorum.”
They really should not be allowed to get that close while she is sitting.. I don't care if they have journalism degrees.. Personal space should be observed as a right of decorum.
— #MAGA Johan 🇺🇸 (@jschneiter) June 19, 2018
Yet others made comparisons between Melania and Princess Diana. Princess Diana, known as the “People’s Princess” became the “most hunted person of the modern age” as the press pursued her even to her d***h. It was while being pursued by paparazzi that Diana, Dodi Fayed – the son of then owner of Harrods, Mohammed al-Fayed – with whom she was in a relationship, and driver Henri Paul all died during in a car crash in Paris running from paparazzi.
At Diana’s funeral, her brother Charles Spencer stated – “It is a point to remember that of all the ironies about Diana, perhaps the greatest was this – a girl given the name of the ancient goddess of hunting was, in the end, the most hunted person of the modern age.”
To all the people who answered in the negative, how would you like this gaggle of reporters breathing down your neck, this is what class looks like, but then again you couldn’t see it if it was right in front of you, which it is.
— Sandra Parry (@sage1218) June 19, 2018
Melania is famously private, the first foreign-born first lady since Louisa Adams, wife of former president, John Quincy Adams. She is also the only first lady to be born and raised in a communist country. And according to the Washington Post, the most “linguistically gifted” first lady, fluent in four languages in addition to her own native Slovenian.
In 1999, when she was still dating Donald Trump and he was considering a presidential bid, Melania described how she envisioned the role – ”I would be very traditional. Like Betty Ford or Jackie Kennedy. I would support him,” she told the New York Times.
When Donald announced his candidacy, Melania made it clear she was not going to be a part of the campaign. She told Harper’s Bazaar – “I’m choosing not to go political in public because that is my husband’s job. I’m very political in private life, and between me and my husband, I know everything that is going on. I follow from A to Z, but I chose not to be on the campaign. I made that choice. I have my own mind. I am my own person, and I think my husband likes that about me.”
Overwhelming class and dignity, calm and control while the vultures gather behind her, right where they belong!!! Great photo. So Proud of our FLOTUS!!!
— Donald Okami Sr (@okami_sr) July 7, 2018
However, Melania has deigned to weigh in on a few political matters. One area she emphatically and unequivocally supports her husband in is on his stance regarding immigration. President Trump wants to deport some 11 million illegal aliens, and build a wall on the U.S./Mexican border. The Trump administration has also recently come under significant fire regarding its implementation of the “zero tolerance” policy where those that choose to cross the border illegally into America be criminally prosecuted – no exceptions.
Melania states of her own immigration to the U.S. – “I came here for my career, and I did so well, I moved here. It never crossed my mind to stay here without papers. That is just the person you are. You follow the rules. You follow the law. Every few months you need to fly back to Europe and stamp your visa. After a few visas, I applied for a green card and got it in 2001. After the green card, I applied for citizenship. And it was a long process.”
She is also said to be very quick to tell President Trump when she disagrees with his language or his policies, emphatically maintaining that despite how the media attempts to portray her, she and President Trump are very independent people. She recently stated to CNN –“I don’t agree with everything that he says but you know, that is normal. I’m my own person, I tell him what I think. I’m standing very strong on the ground on my two feet and I’m my own person. And I think that’s very important in the relationship.”
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