Melania Trump is definitely the first of her kind in the White House. With a raunchy modeling past and little understanding of how the political world works, Melania has been involved in a great deal of controversy during her short tenure thus far. Her solemn expressions caught on camera have raised suspicion that she is miserable in her marriage, and the public has even launched a #SaveMelania Twitter campaign. Whatever the truth may be, Melania has given the media plenty of material to keep them talking about her.
The Swat Heard ‘Round The World
When President Trump and Melania took a trip to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara, the most talked about aspect of the meeting had nothing to do with what the two leaders had discussed, but rather a small action done by the First Lady. As the leaders and their wives made their way down the red carpet from the plane, Donald reached for his wife’s hand but instead received a small smack. Melania appeared to have swatted her husband’s hand away for some unknown reason. She should’ve realized that the whole world was going to see that swat!
The Awkward Inauguration Dance
There have been speculations that Melania is miserable in her marriage to Donald and that she feels like a prisoner. The rumors started during the campaign, and the first dance they shared at his inauguration ball just fueled the fire. They danced to Frank Sinatra’s “My Way”, which is odd enough. But during the dance, the couple seemed awkward and distant. In this image, you see a happy smiling Melania dancing with a soldier, but her expression as she dances with her husband is extremely detached and melancholy.
The Golden Child And His Silver Spoon
The first words that come to mind when looking at this photo are ‘extravagant’ and ‘excess’. Two words we generally don’t associate our president with, but I guess times have changed. Now, we have images of the First Lady and President’s child in a 100% golden room, ready to be pushed in his golden carriage. You think she’d be blinded by all of that shiny golden glare, but she seems to fit right in. The White House must seem so dull and commonplace to the prince, I mean child, after experiencing this type of living.
The Disapproving Glare
Melania’s facial expressions are worth a thousand words. She’s been captured numerous times looking at her husband as if he were crazy. The furrowed brow, slanted glare, and tight lips indicate she does not approve of what he is saying. If there was a word bubble over her heard it would read, “What in the world are you talking about?” Or possibly, “Oh god, here he goes again.” She really should go home and practice her expressions in the mirror so that she doesn’t reveal her true feelings during his speeches. A plastered smile goes a long way in politics.
On The Verge Of Tears
There were a number of photos taken at Donald’s inauguration in which Melania looked the opposite of happy, but in this particular one, she looks as if she is about to break down and start crying at any second. This was supposed to be a day of great joy for the Trump clan, but she looks anything but elated. Perhaps the pressure of the reality of what was actually happening came crashing down on her. She had initially thought she was signing up to be the wife of an extremely wealthy real estate mogul, not the wife of the leader of the Free World.
Turn That Frown Upside Down
Here are still shots taken from a video from Trump’s inauguration ceremony. Melania is sitting behind her husband, and when he turns to her, she gives him a smile that could light up a room. The second he turns back around, that smile immediately turns into a solemn frown. The change was sudden and gave the impression that the smile was indeed faked for her man. Why is she so glum? It’s clear she didn’t realize that everything was being recorded from all angles, or she may have at least attempted to hold that happy expression for the cameras.
It’s Clear She’s Had Some Plastic Surgery
Before and after pics released of Melania Trump reveal that she has probably had quite a bit of plastic surgery done on her face. Dr. Dev Patel, medical director of Perfect Skin Solutions in Portsmouth (who has not treated her), believes Melania’s surgeries cost between $13,000 to $16,000. It is thought that her nose has been changed, and she has used injectables on her lips, and Botox on her brow.
Having surgery and injecting fillers and Botox is pretty common these days, especially for an ex-model who is always in the spotlight, but it still is surprising to see how much she has changed throughout the years. It is even more surprising because she has been quoted as saying, “I’m against injections. I think it’s damaging your nerves. I will age gracefully, as my mom does.”
The Super Bowl Sucks
Again, this woman really needs to have better control over her facial expressions. Here she is attending a 2016 Super Bowl party at Trump’s International Gold Club in West Palm Beach, Florida. Melania looks completely bored out of her mind by both her company and the game. Her face was transformed into numerous hilarious memes mocking her lack of excitement. But hey, football isn’t for everyone. There were also some photos of Donald looking less than excited. The couple ended up leaving the party early.
Mommy Daughter Issues
On camera, they may pretend that they like each other, but when they think no one is looking (not yet realizing that someone is always looking) Ivanka and Melania Trump’s body language and expressions indicate that the two women don’t care too much for one another. They always seem to be tense when they are near each other. Then again, it is hard to tell with Melania, because she always looks miserable, even when Ivanka isn’t standing next to her. But the looks Ivanka gives the First Lady are another story.
Heels In Houston
The nation went into an uproar when this photo was released. It shows Melania accompanying her husband to Houston in stiletto heels. The couple was heading to Texas to help with the Hurricane Harvey rescue efforts, and the First Lady was dressed as if she was heading to a red carpet. Not very practical footwear to wear to the site of a devastating hurricane. Melania’s spokeswoman released a statement that Melania had brought along more appropriate footwear, but that was already after social media had a field day tearing apart her wardrobe. Now she knows that when it comes to natural disasters, sneakers or boots are a more appropriate choice.
A History Of Modeling
Melania has a long history of modeling, which more often than not, has come back to haunt her. When she was just a teenager, she was discovered by Slovenian photographer Stane Jerko while she was sitting on a fence waiting for her friend to finish walking in a fashion show.
“It was January 1987 when I went home just before the end of the fashion show,” Jerko told TODAY. “On the stairs of the Festival Hall, I saw a girl that immediately caught my eye. There stood a tall, slender and attractive long-haired girl with distinct eyes.”
Being The First Lady Can Be Tiring
I guess being married to the President isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. While Melania is used to being in front of the cameras, acting as the First Lady in the White House is a totally different experience. Apparently, Melania told her close friend Federico Pignatelli that the pressure of being First Lady of the US is not all that it’s cracked up to be, and is in fact straining and pressure-filled.
That’s not all that surprising considering the schedule maintained by the Head of State, and fulfilling the roles of mother, First Lady, and wife can be extremely difficult.
When You Run Into Your Ex
It’s always awkward when you run into your ex, but apparently, for The Donald, it’s no big deal. Trump and Melania, his then-girlfriend, were in Las Vegas for the “Tyson vs. Botha” Celebrity Party when they ran into Marla Maples, Trump’s former wife. Maples was married to Trump from 1993 to 1999, and is the mother of Tiffany Trump.
They say a picture tells 1000 words, and if anything, the clear message here is that Maples is pretty happy that she’s moved on to bigger and better things. It looks like Melania hasn’t quite realized what she’s gotten into.
That’s A Bit Harsh
Melania has been through a lot, and has undergone some pretty serious backlash on social media. That being said, memes are one thing, but taking her picture and putting it on your billboard to promote your language school is another.
Apparently, Melania threatened to sue the school for using her image along with the slogan “Just imagine how far you can go with a little bit of English.” It’s a bit mean. It’s also pretty funny, and would definitely catch more than a few eyeballs. The billboards have now been taken down and the American Institute has issued an apology.
A Message From The Pope
You know when you meet the Pope, you have to be on your game. When meeting the Pope within the Vatican walls, Pope Francis displayed his well-known humor and warm sense of wit to ask the First Lady about living with Trump.
Pope Francis asked ‘Madame, what do you feed him? (Trump” Potica?” Now, with the Pope’s noticeable accent, Melania might have missed the question, and replied with “Oh, yes, pizza!” Naturally, the Pope took the misunderstanding in stride. Potica sounds a lot like pizza, and frankly, we all like pizza, so why would anyone assume the answer would be anything but?
Stand By Your Man
Have you ever had to sit by as your significant other was going off on a wild tangent in front of a huge group, but you had to stand by them and be supportive? Ya, that’s what this looks like. While Trump isn’t quite at the height of his powers here (he actually looks quite tame) it kind of looks like Melania is trying to hold back a smirk.
Maybe he said something funny, but I think poor Barron’s face would have given away any kind of joke. He looks like he’d be far more interested just being a regular, everyday kid than stuck in the White House.
I Thought Hurricane Season Was Over
Poor Melania. President Trump and the First Lady did their duty and went to visit those affected by the horrible hurricanes that devastated the United States and Puerto Rico in September of 2017. While they were there to hand out supplies to those in need, the internet predictably jumped all over the couple.
Whether it was President Trump shooting jump shots with paper towels or Melania wearing high heels to the affected areas, there was no shortage of material for online trolls.
Timing Is Everything
Once the trip was underway, Melania made headlines yet again for her questionable fashion decisions. Trying to match Trump’s iconic USA dad hat, Melania rocked a Flotus all black hat that was called out as a branding and marketing stunt. Eagle-eyed observers noted that the font was the same as on the “MAGA” hats, and frankly, Trump has become synonymous with hats after his “Make American Great Again” hats went viral. The internet naturally ran wild with tons of bad jokes that spread like wildfire, but in reality, she really rocked that hat like a champ.
Public displays of affection are always a touchy subject. During a dinner in the State Dining Room of the White House, First Lady Melania Trump paid tribute to the victims of the hurricanes that devastated Florida and Texas in early September. Trump and Melania made a number of visits over the weeks to many areas that were affected and met many people who lost everything.
That being said, maybe seeing that kind of devastation brought them closer together? They made sure to close the dinner with a kiss, which is touching, even if it looks a bit awkward.
Something Seems… Different
It probably doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that Melania Trump has had some work done on herself, the most obvious being the breast enhancement surgery she has undergone. As a model, being sleek and slender is often a necessity when walking up and down a catwalk, but once Melania’s modeling career was done and her looks naturally started to age, she resorted to plastic surgery to maintain a youthful appearance. Between her breasts, her nose, and botox injections, Melania has had quite a bit of work done over the years.
Melania’s Closed-Off Body Language
In this photo, Melania and Donald Trump are attending a party at Marquee, a New York nightclub in 2004. After this photo resurfaced of the couple, people picked it apart, paying close attention to Melania’s body language towards her beau. The pair was not yet married at this time, although they had been dating for more than six years. A year later, Melania and Donald said ‘I do’ with a lavish reception at Mar-a-Lago. Their wedding was studded with A-list guests from both the entertainment and news industries, many of whom Donald has since cut ties with.
Keep reading to see Melania’s $100,000-plus wedding dress.
Melania’s $100,000 Wedding Gown
The year after the last photo was taken, Melania married the future president in a lavish ceremony. The future First Lady donned a Christian Dior dress, which consisted of 300 feet of tulle and reportedly cost between $100,000 and $200,000 to create. Not only was the dress expensive, but it was huge. The dress was so big in fact that she was advised to have a good meal before walking down the aisle so she could support the weight of the fabric and its accouterments. The couple rarely shows photos of their wedding after receiving harsh criticism about the expensive of the event coupled with their lack of philanthropy.
Her Face Says It All
On the day that Melania became First Lady, pictures of her looking sad and disappointed made their way around the internet. People couldn’t help but notice that the POTUS’s wife looked particularly miserable.
This photo and others like it soon went viral on social media. Hundreds of thousands of people took to Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram saying how sorry they felt for the new FLOTUS, who appeared to be completely ignored by Donald during the inauguration. It wasn’t long before these sad photos of Melania became memes.
Coming up: Happy Hannukah?
Who Holds Hands That Way?
Since Donald Trump announced he would be running for President of the United States, the spotlight has been focused on him and Melania. Sure, you have to take every photograph with a grain of salt, but one can’t deny that there are an alarming amount of photographs of the couple where Melania looks downright miserable.
Melania has never spoken ill of Donald but has voiced her opinions about his Twitter antics, saying that she doesn’t like some of the “inappropriate language” he used on social media during his campaign. “I don’t agree with everything that he says, but you know, that is normal. I’m my own person,” Melania Trump told CNN in March 2016.
Who Takes First Place?
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Donald Trump’s admiration for his daughter Ivanka is well-documented. He’s even made some pretty strange comments about her publicly, such as during a 2015 interview with Rolling Stone, in which he stated “Yeah, she’s really something, and what a beauty, that one. If I weren’t happily married and, ya know, her father …” about his then-34-year old daughter.
Here, Trump embraces Melania and Ivanka for a photo opportunity. Melania is a sport and beams a bright smile at the camera, but it must feel a little odd to play second fiddle to your husband’s daughter.
White House Hannukah Celebration
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The holidays are a huge source of stress for many people. There is so much to do and so much pressure to have the “perfect” celebration. Here are President and Mrs. Trump at the White House’s Hanukkah reception which took place on December 7, 2017. Although this photo might have simply been snapped at a bad moment, there’s no denying that Melania’s expression is a far cry from the “happy holidays” face most people put on during photo opportunities. She and Trump both look, frankly, miserable in this picture.
Let’s hope the White House photographers were able to capture some cheerier ones.
The Holidays, Continued…
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During a December 2017 visit to the Children’s National hospital, Mrs. Trump was asked by a 10-year-old boy how she would like to spend the holidays. Her response? “I would spend my holidays on a deserted island, tropical island with my family,” she said. Although it’s not surprising that she would choose privacy after being under public scrutiny for so long, she certainly doesn’t seem to be hiding her true feelings in this photo. The image was captured as she toured the White House to see its Christmas display. Maybe she just feels awkward being serenaded by ballerinas in her own home.
Another Holiday, Another Dour Face
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Perhaps the holidays are just not Melania Trump’s “thing.” This photo was taken at the White House during the 139th Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House. There is so much weirdness going on here — Melania once again looking slightly confused (or disturbed?) as her husband gives a speech, with the Easter Bunny looking absolutely shocked by something. During his address to the crowd gathered below, Trump said that Melania “has been working on this a long time to make it perfect.”
Everyone Notices It
The iconic singer and pop superstar Cher took to social media in June 2017 and commented on the First Lady’s often glum demeanor. She tweeted, “Not 2 [b] Mean but Melania Trump Always L’ooks SAD/Angry,Like She lost a Best Friend.They NEVER Smile or Exchange Little Looks On TV. I Feel Bad.” She went on to say, “I hope she gets 2 take her son & go back to NY Soon. She Seems to be a good mother.” Referring to Donald Trump, Cher tweeted “I’ve never seen Him Hug, Give Nuggies, or Play with his Son.” It’s kinda tough to picture Trump giving out nuggies,’ we have to say. This photo is from the day Melania officially moved into the White House.
The Day Before Life Changes Forever
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This photo captured the moment that Melania Trump stepped off the plane in Washington, D.C., the day before Donald Trump was sworn in. The sad look on her face during the inauguration ceremony has been talked about many, many times. It’s apparent that the reservations she felt about her husband becoming President of the United States were on her mind even before then. Melania’s oversized sunglasses can’t hide her emotions here. She looks all alone as she steps out of the comfort of the plane into a scary new world.
Tweeting In Defense Of Melania
Vanity Fair wrote in November 2017 that First Lady Melania Trump seems “miserable.” Two days later, President Trump tweeted this message: “Melania, our great and very hard working First Lady, who truly loves what she is doing, always thought that ‘if you run, you will win.’ She would tell everyone that, ‘no doubt, he will win.’ I also felt I would win (or I would not have run) — and Country is doing great!” As usual, his tweet came across as needlessly defensive and the look on Melania’s face in this photo seems to contradict his words.
Happy New Year!
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What better way to greet a brand new year than by commissioning a wax sculpture of yourself? At least that way she’d get out of some of the public appearances that seem to pain her so much. This is a New Year’s Eve celebration that was held at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida on December 31, 2017. Melania looks almost like a statue as she stands next to her husband as he speaks to the crowd. Although the dress she’s wearing is festive, the stony smile on her face looks the opposite of happy.
Is This A Look Of Exasperation?
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The setting is Washington, D.C., in 2016. Then-presidential candidate Donald Trump is preparing to cut the ribbon for the grand opening of the Trump International Hotel- Old Post Office. He’s joined by children Eric, Tiffany, and Ivanka as well as wife Melania. This should be a joyous and proud occasion for any wife, shouldn’t it? Judging by the expression on her face she is anything but thrilled. In fact, the opposite could be true as she looks downright exasperated to be there at the ceremony. The same could be said for daughter Tiffany. How many of these things can you smile through, anyway?
She Puts Up With So Much
Melania Trump has put up with a lot. Even if you take away the fact that she’s now the First Lady of the United States, she’s been with the high-maintenance Donald Trump for a long time now. And if a fraction of what we know about his personal life is true, then she’s been in for a wild ride. Here’s yet another shot of her enduring a photo shoot with a scantily-dressed model. Although as she was a model herself in her younger years, it’s doubtful that Melania complains to Trump about it too much.
Red, White, And Gloom
As a former model, you might expect that Melania was accustomed to controlling her facial expressions. You’d be wrong, and here’s another photo proving it. Melania stands in front of the American flag, looking about as grim as ever. Perhaps she’s upset that her hot pink dress clashes so loudly in front of the red, white, and blue behind her. At least her piercing blue eyes look terrific with the flag! All we have to say is that it sure doesn’t look easy to be First Lady. Judging from these photos of Melania, at least.
A Job She Didn’t Want
One of Trump’s early advisors, Roger Stone, said in a Vanity Fair interview that Melania helped bring the burden of being First Lady on herself despite her seeming dislike of the position. He told the magazine that “[s]he knew it was in his blood. He always wanted to run. She is the one who pushed him to run just by saying run or do not run. I don’t think she was ever too crazy about it.” Whether she wanted it or not, Trump won the election and Melania now holds the job title “First Lady.”
Prince Charming He’s Not
This might be the most awkward presidential PDA ever. There’s just so much to cringe about here. Is kissing Trump like kissing a toad? Melania looks like she’s pushing the president away with her arms while she’s trying to take a bite out of his face at the same time. And Trump is clearly squeezing her upper arms as his puckered lips approach her nose for a really sloppy and misplaced kiss. If both of them come out of this bizarre embrace without any injuries then we’ll call this one a victory.
Wonder What She’s Thinking…
You’ve got to wonder what’s going on in Melania’s head sometimes in these photos where she doesn’t even seem to be mentally present at whatever function she’s attending. In 2017 she told CNN about the pressure of her role as the president’s wife. “It’s a lot of things that we need to take care of, and a lot of responsibilities,” she said, “And it’s all part of being the first lady.” Maybe in these serious-looking moments she’s just thinking of how much responsibility she has and wondering just how she ended up in this spot.
Official Duties Are Not Her Thing
At the 2017 world leaders’ G20 summit in Germany, Melania again sported a distant, distracted look. During the summit, she was unable to leave her hotel room to join the other leaders’ spouses for planned events because of multiple protests outside. The protests turned violent and eventually involved smoke bombs and water cannons. Although Melania missed a river cruise because of the protests, she later tweeted: “Thinking of those hurt in #Hamburg protests. Hope everyone stay safe! #G20.” During the summit, Ivanka Trump sat in for her father briefly. This caused an uproar on social media.
Feud With The Ex-Mrs. Trump
Sometimes there’s a good explanation why Melania looks sad or dejected or even downright angry. In 2017, Trump’s ex-wife Ivana Trump claimed in an interview that she was the “real first lady,” saying “I don’t want to cause any kind of jealousy or something like that, because I’m basically first Trump wife. OK? I’m first lady.” Melania supposedly went nuts over the statement, according to multiple accounts. Then, Ivana was asked whether she thought Melania was doing a good job in her official role. She answered, “I think she’s trying her best.” Ouch.
Another Awkward PDA
Donald Trump seems to want us all to believe that he’s a suave playboy. Sure, he has the money and the trail of women to prove it. But when we look at some of the pictures that have been taken of him and his own wife over the years, it’s kind of hard to believe that he’s actually a smooth operator behind closed doors. After all, wouldn’t you put on your A-game if you were smooching your model wife in front of dozens of cameras? Let’s just say that Melania doesn’t look terribly thrilled here.
Baby On Board
Photo shoots of celebrities scantily clad or fully nude baring their beautiful pregnant bellies is all the rage these days. Despite the fact that her husband was well known for his role on a reality show, Melania is no ordinary celebrity. Yet here she is, in a skimpy (and of course, gold) bikini showing off her baby bump for the world to see. And apparently, she really likes having that plane as a backdrop. Why she would be wearing a bikini to board it while pregnant and in heels mind you, is beyond us, but we can chalk it up to artistic license.
A Successful International Model
Melania is the first foreign-born First Lady since Louisa Adams, wife of President John Adams, from nearly two centuries ago. Melania is fluent in five languages: Slovenian, English, French, Serbian and German. While many photos have been quite racy, her modeling career was also quite successful. She graced the covers of Vanity Fair, Vogue, New York Magazine and InStyle Weddings. Her husband was one of her biggest supporters throughout her career, so he obviously never had an issue with the type of images she released at the time.
Full Frontal FLOTUS
Implied nudity is one thing, but full frontal nudity is a whole other ball game. And yet here is the First Lady, completely naked in front of the camera for all to see. The photos were taken in 1995, prior to her relationship with Trump, in Manhattan by French photographer Alé de Basseville for a now defunct European magazine called Max. In her defense, Europe has very different views on nudity than America does. On a different note, we would guarantee that Melania has the best abs of any First Lady to grace the White House.
Girl On Girl
This racy photo was also taken during that photoshoot for Max when Melania was 25 years old,and features Melania completely naked, save for high heels, on a bed, snuggling up to a Scandinavian model named Emma Eriksson. With a bit of a pornographic feel to it, there is no doubt why this image caused an uproar. After its release during Donald’s campaign, the photographer was quoted saying, “I always loved women together, because I have been with a lot of women who desired the ménage à trois. This is beauty and not porn.”
To The Runway
By 16, Melania was modeling for commercials. Although she was set on studying architecture and design in University, she dropped out to pursue her modeling career after signing with an Italian agency at 18.
Her success was almost imminent, as she became a cover model for magazines such as Vogue, GQ, and Sports Illustrated, but never adopted the typical model lifestyle. She always considered modeling to be a job and made sure she was always in tip-top shape. The photograph shows Melania (right) with fellow model Emma Eriksson during a 1995 photoshoot, both wearing skimpy lingerie.
Posing In Red Lingerie
Melania Trump is clearly unlike any FLOTUS that has been in the White House. Not only has she had a long-standing career as a model, but she the first First Lady to have ever appeared nude in a magazine.
It’s not surprising that this fact has made many of Donald Trump’s supporters and critics uncomfortable. As a result, Melania has been publicly shamed numerous times. In one instance, her nude photos from British GQ were passed around by an anti-Trump super PAC.
More Skimpy Lingerie
Sixteen years before Melania would become First Lady of the United States, she posed for magazines like FHM and British GQ wearing lingerie and even going nude for some of the photos. At the time, Melania was still dating Trump but the pair was not yet engaged. She was featured posing naked in his customised Boeing 727 while wearing handcuffs, wielding diamonds, and holding a pistol of course.
Little did the couple know that one day they would become POTUS and FLOTUS and all of Melania’s modeling photos would resurface.
Melania Strips Down For FHM Magazine
Before taking on the role of First Lady, Melania was no stranger to being in front of the camera. As she grew more comfortable in front of the camera, it appears that her clothing seemed to disappear. Despite starting a relationship with Donald, Melania continued to model and remain in the public eye, posing for more racier photo shoots. In a 2016 interview with People, she told the magazine, “I always loved fashion. My mother was a fashion designer so it was always in my blood.”
Remember To Vote For Me
Melania and Donald Trump voted at P.S. 59, an elementary school located in Midtown Manhattan on November 8, 2016. When the two were casting their votes for the next President of the United States, photographers captured a curious Donald whose wandering eyes made it appear that he was double-checking whether or not Melania was actually voting for him.
This picture and many others like it quickly went viral on social media. While his glance may have been nothing, it does seem to speak volumes about the relationship between the POTUS and the First Lady.