Melania Trump is a very different kind of first lady than the American public is used to seeing. The Slovenian native has been married to President Donald Trump since 2005 and has been in the spotlight for nearly two decades. However, she hasn’t really stepped up the plate in her White House role.
Though Mrs. Trump has a pretty solid approval rating, and she’s been praised for her fashion sense, she hasn’t done many interviews or donned magazine covers like her predecessors.
This is the real reason why Melania Trump hasn’t been on any magazine covers since becoming the first lady.
A model past
Before marrying President Trump, the first lady was a fashion model who graced the cover of several magazines. In fact, she was on the cover of Vogue in 2005 in her wedding dress. However, because the fashion industry is typically more left-leaning, many designers have shunned Mrs. Trump.
Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs, Christian Siriano, and Sophie Theallet have all refused to dress the first lady.
Next: Starting off on the wrong foot
Six days after her husband’s inauguration, Mrs. Trump graced the cover of Vanity Fair Mexico. It has been her only magazine cover since, and it didn’t exactly draw rave reviews.
Many folks were immediately outraged, considering her husband’s horrendous comments about Mexicans and his racist border wall pledge.
Next: Anti-Trump is good for business
Using Trump to their advantage
It’s no secret that the president isn’t a big fan of the media, except for Fox News. In fact, unless they are painting the former reality TV show host in a favorable light, Trump loves to label media outlets as fake news. However, that’s only helped magazines.
It looks like the more Trump criticizes a magazine, the more readership it gets. Many editors are therefore shunning all Trumps from their pages since its good for business.
Next: Between a rock and a hard place
A no-win situation
The election of Trump has sent the country into a tailspin. We are more divided today then we have been in a very long time. While it might garner attention and readership from conservatives to place Melania Trump on the cover of a magazine, it’s also a moral issue for many editors.
No major magazine wants to promote Trump’s sexism, racism, and overall nonsense. Samir Husni, the director of the Magazine Innovation Center at the University of Mississippi, told NBC, “Some magazine editors may be putting politics ahead of money and vice versa.”
Next: Standing for nothing
A first lady without an initiative
Former first lady Michelle Obama graced the covers of 12 magazines, including Vogue three times, during President Barack Obama’s two terms in the White House. During her tenure as the first lady, she promoted her Let’s Move initiative, healthy eating, and education for women and girls among others.
Though Melania Trump has expressed her desire to counter cyberbullying, she really hasn’t made any strides towards it. Therefore, we’re not really sure what she would even discuss in an interview for a magazine.
Next: Fading into the background
Keeping her distance
Though both the president and the first lady claim that Mrs. Trump is thrilled with her role, her body language seems to suggest otherwise. Not only did the first lady not move to the White House until six months after her husband’s inauguration, but she’s also distanced herself from her husband politically and from the public.
She’s checked into hotels amidst the Stormy Daniels’ drama, taken separate motorcades, and canceled various appearances. She overall seems to be most comfortable disappearing into the background and a high-profile magazine cover wouldn’t allow her to do that.
Next: Trying to grin and bear it
Not only would magazines have very little to say about Melania Trump, she would also not be very forthcoming. Some magazine editors argue that an interview with her would be pointless since it is difficult to get information from her.
Additionally, she only seems to be speaking through her Director of Communications, Stephanie Grisham, who recently demanded that the first lady’s son Barron not be discussed in the media.
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