Melania Trump made her first official White House appearance on Thursday, nearly four weeks after her husband took the presidential oath of office. The first couple met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara. Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior White House adviser, were also on hand for the meeting. Melania Trump wore a crisp white skirt suit by Karl Lagerfeld, while Ivanka chose a black dress paired with a long, gray coat.
White has been a go-to choice as of late for women in politics. Hillary Clinton often wore white during her presidential campaign, conjuring images of 20th-century suffragettes, who adopted white as one of their official colors. Clinton notably wore the color during Donald Trump’s inauguration in January.
While Melania Trump has stayed relatively quiet when it comes to politics, she seems to be slowly treading the waters of diplomatic fashion. She wore a dress by Reem Acra, who is originally from Lebanon, to an inaugural weekend dinner. She’s recently been more vocal about female empowerment, after Emily Ratajkowskicalled out a New York Times reporter on Twitter who had “slut-sham[ed]” the First Lady during a Fashion Week conversation. Trump tweeted her gratitude to Ratajkowski on Monday saying, “Applause to all women around the world who speak up, stand up and support other women!” adding the hashtags “Power of every woman” and “Power of the First Lady.”
While she doesn’t seem to have a total grasp on her style as First Lady—and the power that it has—the timing of her tweet and choice to wear a color representing female empowerment during her first official appearance could be a strong signal that she’s learning.
Credits: Vanity Fair, and Daily Mail.