On Monday, the White House released the official portrait of the First Lady. The good news is that it's much better than her husband's official White House photo, in which the president looks thoroughly unhappy and dour. Nevertheless, almost immediately after the picture was released, Melania Trump White House portrait memes started flooding Twitter.
The issue isn't Melania, or anything she's doing in the photo. In my opinion, however, the portrait looks a lot more like a glamour shot, or perhaps a bit of promotional material from the 1980s, setting it apart stylistically from some of the more traditional first lady portraits. The background looks like something out of a department store catalogue, and the ultra soft focus led many to suspect that the picture was photoshopped.
Having said that, Melania's picture is undoubtedly a major improvement over that of the president. In his official White House portrait, which he's also adopted as one of his Twitter avatars, Donald Trump looks concerned and exaggeratedly serious. To his credit, he didn't flash his signature thumbs-up sign, but still, it's an odd portrait.
And so is Melania's, albeit in very different ways. Here's what the Internet had to say about the first lady's first portrait.
1. Will She Ever See It?
Melania's White House portrait is beautiful and will make an excellent conversation piece if she ever happens to visit the White House.— Nick Amadeus (@NickAmadeus) April 3, 2017
Because she doesn't live in the White House.
2. A Portrait Worthy Of A Catalogue
Melania is the only First Lady to ever have her official portrait taken at JCPenney. pic.twitter.com/brclZ5K3gW— Caitlin Gilbert (@caitlingilbs) April 3, 2017
Although maybe not, because realistically, when is the last time Melania Trump went to JC Penney?
3. There's A New Detective In Town
Congrats to Melania on her official portrait pic.twitter.com/SuTfebTtTI— Luke O'Neil (@lukeoneil47) April 3, 2017
I'd watch this show.
4. But Really, Where Was It Taken?
Anyone know why Melania Trump's portrait was taken in front of the Muppet Babies Window? pic.twitter.com/EOLfwfBggE— Sasha Stewart (@ArtfulStew) April 3, 2017
The addition of Muppet Babies to the White House would certainly be an improvement on the status quo.
5. Straight Out Of The '80s
All that's missing is some drum machines and reflective chrome-style text.
6. Blurred Lines
I had to take some Benadryl for my allergies and now I feel as fuzzy as Melania Trump's official portrait.— Gabe Ortíz (@TUSK81) April 3, 2017
It is a pretty darn blurry photo.
7. Who Is That, Again?
Wow the First Lady’s official portrait is amazing pic.twitter.com/4nq4ohHhrV— Rusty Foster (@rustyk5) April 3, 2017
That's not actually the portrait, just to be clear. But it's not far off.
8. Topping The Charts
Melania looks like she's about to drop the most 🔥 ballad of 1987 https://t.co/pvMrqvfCJ6— We take the stairs (@NoEscalators) April 3, 2017
What genre do you think it would be? R&B? I'm going with R&B.
9. A Novel Comparison
yo why the official portrait of the first lady look like that super airbrushed pic of adam sandler from click pic.twitter.com/xHPcGPGJso— big dead guy (@mrdaddymanphd) April 3, 2017
This may well be the first time anyone has likened Melania Trump to Adam Sandler.
10. Mall Photo
Can't believe the White House is trying to pass off Melania's 1989 mall photo as a "portrait." There's barely a person under the airbrushing— Arianna Davis (@ariannagdavis) April 3, 2017
I mean, couldn't they have at least used a more recent photo?
11. Breaking All The Rules
It's an unconventional White House.
Again, Melania's portrait isn't horrible. It's just a bit odd. But at least people are having fun with it.