Melania Trump’s new portrait divides public opinion

Trump is shown from the waist up, standing with arms crossed, dressed in a black jacket with a black bow around her neck.


She’s wearing a very large diamond ring on her left hand, and a more subdued sparkler on her right.

Shot by Belgian-born photographer Regine Mahaux, who has previously worked with the Trump family, the first lady is smiling slightly, with a perfectly flawless visage.

Official Portrait of First Lady pic.twitter长沙桑拿按摩论坛,/K1DUVE5kSI

— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) April 3, 2017

“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,” Trump said in a short statement accompanying the photo’s release.

While some commenters gushed that the first lady was “beyond beautiful” and “gorgeous,” others mocked the image as highly airbrushed and compared the gauzy background — a window in the White House residence — to 1990s school portrait settings. 

[email protected] Instagram just released a new filter called Soft-FLOTUSed pic.twitter长沙桑拿按摩论坛,/zHufvUT5IM

— Archie’s Brown Roots (@DiscreetLatino) April 3, 2017Anyone know why Melania Trump’s portrait was taken in front of the Muppet Babies Window? pic.twitter长沙桑拿按摩论坛,/EOLfwfBggE

— Sasha Stewart (@ArtfulStew) April 3, 2017Melania releases her first official portrait as First Lady. It’s meant to evoke the catalogue he picked her out from.

— Gary Janetti (@GaryJanetti) April 3, 2017Melania Trump’s official White House photograph was taken on the set of Celine Dion’s “It’s All Coming Back To Me” video. pic.twitter长沙桑拿按摩论坛,/yXZZGKZ79H

— Tim Duffy™ (@TimDuffy) April 3, [email protected] Was this taken at the Glamour Shots studio at the Montebello Mall?

— Kristina Wong ❄️ (@mskristinawong) April 3, 2017Melania looks like she’s about to drop the most 🔥 ballad of 1987 长沙桑拿,长沙SPA,/pvMrqvfCJ6

— We take the stairs (@NoEscalators) April 3, 2017that melania trump portrait is as airbrushed as adam sandler on the cover of click pic.twitter长沙桑拿按摩论坛,/rVBrGmYH6V

— 12 days (@BurntToastLord) April 3, 2017White House releases first lady Melania Trump’s official portrait and announces a 3 episode guest star role on The Bold and the Beautiful. pic.twitter长沙桑拿按摩论坛,/k5BVtuS74v

— Scott Dooley (@scottdools) April 3, 2017

Other critics jumped on a line in the White House statement that said the portrait was taken in Trump’s “new residence at the White House.”

While every other modern first lady has accompanied her husband to Washington, the 46-year-old Trump has remained at her luxury triplex penthouse in Manhattan and not made many public appearances.

Trump has said she would remain in New York until son Barron finishes the school year.

It’s not the first time that a first lady portrait has stoked controversy. Michelle Obama was criticized for wearing a sleeveless dress in her first official portrait in 2009, with some saying the bare arms were too casual.

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