On April 3, the White House released Melania Trump's official First Lady portrait. And as soon as it appeared online,people all over the world took to social media to express their feelings about it. And judging from Twitter, reactions to Trump's portrait are ranging everyone from extreme love to its polar opposite.
In the portrait, Trump appears in front of round window, presumably at the White House, dressed in an all-black suit. Her hair falls loose around her shoulders, she looks directly at the camera in what can best be described as a smize, and her arms are crossed. So far, many Twitter users have commented on the prominence of Trump's giant diamond ring in the photo, as well as its heavily airbrushed look. As the entire Trump family obviously knows by now, everything they do, even actions as seemingly innocuous as releasing an official photo, will come under intense global scrutiny.
In a statement about the official FLOTUS portrait, Trump is quoted as saying, "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.” The photo already appears on her official White House page.
Some Are Loving The Portrait
First Lady Melania Trump looks beautiful in her official portrait! pic.twitter.com/weaC2EeZhS— Eric Spracklen (@EricSpracklen) April 3, 2017
I'll say it: The Melania Trump portrait is fabulous. pic.twitter.com/aibuzaf3W6— Jose A. DelReal (@jdelreal) April 3, 2017
Others, Not So Much
/me looks at melania official portrait— Oliver Willis (@owillis) April 3, 2017
"i remember the gun show" pic.twitter.com/hYVq2UHhZh
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
Melania's FLOTUS portrait, where is aptly dressed for America's funeral. pic.twitter.com/Q8FB7qWgW0— Jenn Kaytin Robinson (@JennKaytin) April 3, 2017
The Portrait Seemed To Puzzle Many
was melania's official white house portrait taken in her spider lair? pic.twitter.com/vDftcOALns— Sean Morrow (@snmrrw) April 3, 2017
@FLOTUS Was this taken at the Glamour Shots studio at the Montebello Mall?— Kristina Wong ❄️ (@mskristinawong) April 3, 2017
While Others Were Just Reminded Of Other Pictures Entirely
Melania's official portrait makes her look like she invented a skin care line using secret ingredients previously only available in Europe pic.twitter.com/hQEiVLrVDT— Robert Balkovich (@robertbalkovich) April 3, 2017
Melania 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.com/yXZZGKZ79H— Tim Duffy™ (@TimDuffy) April 3, 2017
Wow the First Lady’s official portrait is amazing pic.twitter.com/4nq4ohHhrV— Rusty Foster (@rustyk5) April 3, 2017
Lastly, There Were Many Offers Of Alternative FLOTUS Portraits
Congrats to Melania on her official portrait pic.twitter.com/SuTfebTtTI— Luke O'Neil (@lukeoneil47) April 3, 2017
And, as expected, there is a deluge of sexist commentary as well. Everything from criticism of photoshop to possible plastic surgery to her past modeling career are being weaponized against the First Lady. Luckily, there are many others who are keeping the sexist comments at bay with humor, earnestness, or serious critique of Trump's political position as a member of the Trump family.
First Lady portraits are an American presidential tradition. And while they vary, Trump's seems to stand apart not only for its photographic style, but also for the various views of the Trump administration that the portrait evokes. Trump's stance, expression, clothing, and jewelry seem to communicate wealth and power, calling to mind some of the president's own portraits both during and before his assumption of the presidency.
Likely next to come will be the First Family's official portrait. And considering the size of Trump's family, it's sure to be a wide one.