Melania Trump: From professional pretty person to potential first lady

It is not easy sliding into the role of first lady — or for the sake of this presidential election cycle, first spouse. The evolution from independent person to “better half,” “secret weapon” or “incredibly accomplished genius who puts her family and children first unlike her wildly ambitious husband,” can be awkward and painful. And Melania Trump, a former model — a professional pretty person — has been battling for her footing in this rocky wilderness where the currency of beauty is devalued and thus so is she.

To be clear, even in politics, in government, in Washington, attractive people have an advantage. There is an expectation that the first lady is always poised and polished. And on state occasions, she must elevate her style to a more glamorous, faultless level. The occupants of the East Wing, whether Jackie Kennedy or Nancy Reagan, Laura Bush or Michelle Obama, have all labored under that stress and even thrived. They all made use of this country’s top designers to craft a public image that reflected the administration to which they were tethered, the tenor of the times during which they served and their personal sense of self. They used clothes as a way of defining themselves on the international stage. We all do something akin to this — in a more modest way — every day, and so there was a point of empathy in the struggle.

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But for first ladies of the modern era, their looks have not been their profession. They did not craft a career based on the sparkle in their eyes, the lushness of their hair or the legginess of their legs. There was always something else that served as the top line on their resume. But Trump was a model — not briefly, not part-time, not at the local mall. Her career took her from Slovenia to Milan and Paris and ultimately to New York where she met the man who hopes to be president: Donald. This makes her a rare and exotic creature, someone whose livelihood was based on genetics, luck and tenacity. She is an aberration. In the fashion industry, that’s fine; elsewhere, it’s regarded as suspect.

In the broader culture, Trump tends to generate an eye-roll. Where is the tale of struggle, of success and money having been earned? Modeling is not easy — but one is, in fact, born to it.

An exception: In Trump-land, nothing is ever as it always has been. GQ magazine, which published a recent interview with Trump, included an archival portrait of her from 2011 sitting behind a bowl of jewelry, twirling a necklace around her fork like a strand of spaghetti — as if she actually might eat carbs. The image melds Marie Antoinette with “Dynasty” with a sprinkling of “Real Housewives.” And if all of those cliches singularly might have caused a twinge of nausea, together — in this moment in time, among her husband’s fans — the result is an image that could be an official portrait of the First Hottie inside a Donald J. Trump White House.

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