Melania Trump’s new White House portrait divides public opinion

The picture, released on Monday, shows the first lady in a black jacket standing inside her White House residence with her arms crossed. (White House)

The White House as released the first official portrait of the United States’ First Lady Melania Trump.

The picture, released on Monday, shows the first lady in a black jacket standing inside her White House residence with her arms crossed.

“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,” Mrs. Trump said.

In 2006, Melania Trump proudly became a citizen of the United States of America. She is only the second First Lady born outside of the United States.

While some commenters gushed that the first lady was "beyond beautiful" and "gorgeous," others mocked the image as highly airbrushed and compared the gauzy background -- a window in the White House residence -- to 1990s school portrait settings.

Other critics jumped on a line in the White House statement that said the portrait was taken in Trump's "new residence at the White House."

While every other modern first lady has accompanied her husband to Washington, the 46-year-old Trump has remained at her luxury triplex penthouse in Manhattan and not made many public appearances.

Trump has said she would remain in New York until son Barron finishes the school year.

It's not the first time that a first lady portrait has stoked controversy. Michelle Obama was criticized for wearing a sleeveless dress in her first official portrait in 2009, with some saying the bare arms were too casual.
 

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