Melania's look

The First Lady-elect of the United States of America, Melania, appeared at her husband’s presidential campaign-winning celebration in a white silk jumpsuit from Ralph Lauren which the LA Times says is available from Saks Fifth Avenue online for $4,000. As a writer who normally covers fashion, it seems obvious that she made the right choice. Her years in modeling appear to have developed a very cosmopolitan sense of fashion that is both bold and sensitive.

Making a Model

Discovered by a photographer at age 16, by 18 the Slovenian-born (formerly Yugoslavia) model was signed to a modeling agency in Italy.

Her break came four years later when she placed runner-up for a “Look of the Year” contest sponsored by a Slovenian fashion magazine. She placed well enough to earn herself an international modeling contract. Melania modeled for fashion houses in Paris and Milan, eventually relocating to New York in the mid-1990’s. She has appeared in many fashion magazines, and was a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue model for calendar year 2000.

Why it matters

As the first foreign born First Lady in almost 200 years (Louisa, wife of John Quincy Adams who served from 1825-1829, was born in England), Melania will be working in fashion territory that is largely uncharted. Not exactly conservative with her business, political, or personal style, she has been accused of dressing too provocatively.

According to the Telegraph (UK), Melania has said when asked about choosing what to wear: “I don’t follow what is in fashion now; I just listen to myself and what I like …I wait for the right occasion or see how I feel each day.”

Current day

Now aged 46, Melania Trump seems to have become more modest over the past 596 days while her husband Donald Trump was running for President.

From the Mirror (UK): “Playing the dutiful wife was a role she [Melania] embraced whole-heartedly and she dressed down accordingly. The expensive furs, thigh split dresses and revealing outfits have taken somewhat of a back seat for the last twelve months.”

One thing is for sure, Melania Trump has a sense of style that is sure to turn heads and incite gossip no matter where in the world her new diplomatic duties take her over the next four years.

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