Missing Melania Trump: Ignoring FLOTUS is the mainstream media’s loss

Missing Melania Trump: Ignoring FLOTUS is the mainstream media’s loss

COLORADO: A glaring failure of the mainstream media is their inattention to one of the most stunning and charming first ladies ever to grace the White House, Melania Trump.

You will search in vain for a Vogue cover shoot. You won’t find anywhere an in-depth feature on how the first lady manages policy issues while being a charming, multi-lingual representative of the United States of America. There are few serious stories about her personal business pursuits, which have made her the wealthiest First Ladies with a personal net worth of $50,000,000 (What Is First Lady Melania Trump’s Net Worth? Everything You Need to Know About Her Money and Career)

From humble beginnings …

Melanija Knavs was born in communist Yugoslavia on April 26, 1970, to Victor Knavs and Amalija Ulčnik. They lived in Novo Mesto, in what is now the independent republic of Slovenia. Her mother was a pattern maker, designing children’s clothing.  Her father was a manager for a state-owned automaker.

She was secretly baptized Catholic in a nation ruled by militant atheists.

A fashion photographer by the name of Stane Jerko was among the first to put sixteen-year-old Melania in front of a camera, however, they did not work together.

Melania Trump, Fashion

She enrolled in classes at the University of Ljubljana, leaving that pursuit when she began modeling after winning a contest in a Slovenian women’s magazine, Jana.

This led to broader attention, propelling her to modeling assignments in Paris and Milan.

Melania Knauss began modeling with the Paolo Zampolli agency in 1996.

In New York City she worked with Helmut Newton and Patrick Demarchelier, both well-known photographers. During this time, her image appeared on the covers of the Italian Vanity Fair and Bulgaria’s Harper’s Bazaar Magazine, among others. The former Melanija Knavs made her way to the fashion capitals of Paris, Milan, and New York.

Melania Knauss meets a real estate tycoon who becomes America’s very disruptive, change-agent President.
Melanie Trump, First Lady, Fashion, Trump

Melania Knauss met then-real-estate magnate Donald Trump at a party in 1998. During a dating hiatus in 2000, Melania received her “green card” and began to work in the US.

She told Harper’s Bazaar at the time, “I came here for my career, and I did so well, I moved here. It never crossed my mind to stay here without papers. That is just the person you are. You follow the rules. You follow the law. Every few months you need to fly back to Europe and stamp your visa.”

Melania Trump, First Lady, Clintons

Broadcast file image of Clintons and Trumps at wedding reception

In 2004, Melania accepted Donald Trump’s proposal of marriage at the Costume Institute Gala. They had a lavish ceremony at their still home church, Bethesda-by-the-Sea. Their reception followed at Mar-A-Lago.

The wedding reportedly was attended by many luminaries of the moment, including basketball star Shaquille O’Neal, television personalities Kelly Ripa, Matt Lauer, and Barbara Walters, as well as former U.S. President Bill Clinton and his wife, Hillary.

Singer Paul Anka serenaded the newlyweds with “The Donald is a Trump”, a play on “The Lady is a Tramp.” Crooner Tony Bennett was in attendance, as was then mayor, now lawyer to the President, Rudy Gulianni.

Becoming FLOTUS

Our first lady speaks several languages in addition to English. These include French, Serbian, German, and Slovene. She is a practicing Catholic. She is comfortable meeting world leaders, speaking with many of them in their language.

Agata Kornhauser-Duda, Poland, Melania Trump, Fashion

First Lady Melania Trump walks with Mrs. Agata Kornhauser-Duda, wife of Polish President Andrzej Duda Wednesday, June 12, 2019, along the West Wing Colonnade of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

Watching Melania Trump around the world and welcoming world leaders to the White House, one remembers President John F. Kennedy’s famous reference to his first lady, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy during a trip to Paris:

“I am the man who accompanied Jacqueline Kennedy to Paris, and I have enjoyed it.”

President Trump, on Fox & Friends, likened his wife to the former first lady, who as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis dominated the society and fashion pages, saying,

“We have our own Jackie O, [she is] called Melania, Melania T.”

However, the extensive, admiring coverage of Jackie Kennedy-Onassis is not to be for Melania Trump.

Melania Trump, First Lady, Egypt

First Lady Melania Trump in Cairo (White House Pool photography)

As cultured and mannerly as Jackie, and arguably far more beautiful, our current first lady’s travels, if they’re covered at all, are treated harshly by the news media. On an early and historic trip to Saudi Arabia, where President Trump began his long efforts towards fostering peace in the Middle East, these headlines were typical:

“First Lady Melania Trump, Goes Without a Hijab”
Melania Trump’s outfit choices are a ‘how not to’ in fashion diplomacy
The Ugly Truth Behind Saudi Arabia’s Love for Melania Trump.”

Since then, the first lady has made numerous trips abroad, sporting high fashion, an electric smile, and gracious behavior everywhere she goes. And yet the media mean girls, like Lynn Yaeger, continue their assaults (Melania Trump’s Hurricane Stilettos, and the White House’s Continual Failure to Understand Optics)

CNN Scolds Melania’s fashion demeanor

For CNN’s Kate Bennett, Melania’s recent trip to the UK came with media warnings on just how to behave while across the pond.

Melania Trump, First Lady, UK, Buckingham Palace, Queen Elizabeth, Camilla Bowles

Fitting in with royalty. First Lady Melania Trump, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Cornwall participate in a welcome ceremony at Buckingham Palace Monday, June 3, 2019, in London. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

Bennett reminds us that “Whether you’re a common citizen or the President or first lady of the United States, an audience with the Queen of England is a big deal. But, when you’re as glamorous and mysterious as the current US first lady, the pressure is even more so.”

 Melania Trump, First Lady, Fashion, Trump, UK, Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles

President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump pose for a photo with Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall Monday, June 3, 2019, prior to attending a state banquet at Buckingham Palace in London. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

Parenthetically, understand that our first lady is only mysterious because the media choose to ignore her and keep her locked away in a dark box. No fashion covers or talk show interviews. Truth be told, Mrs. Trump probably prefers it that way.

Melania Trump, First Lady, Fashion, Trump

Surrounded by children, where FLOTUS seems happiest. First Lady Melania Trump and Mrs. Akie Abe, wife of the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe, meet with schoolchildren creating Be Best artwork during their tour of the teamLab Borderless Exhibit Sunday, May 26, 2019, at the Mori Building Digital Art Museum in Tokyo. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

Bennett continues that all eyes will be on Melania Trump as she navigates the often tricky waters of palace traditions, royalty and impressing one of the longest reigning monarchs in modern history.

“This trip, like most foreign travel, is very complex,” Trump’s deputy chief of staff Stephanie Grisham recently told CNN. “Mrs. Trump spends a significant amount of time preparing for every trip. This includes protocol briefings, event memos, logistics, speech preparation when applicable and research and selection for the gift exchange.”

Bennett concludes, “In other words, it’s not exactly like she’s popping over for tea, as she and President Donald Trump did last summer at Windsor Palace when they were guests of the Queen for a scant half an hour.”

Being so close to our citizen president can be hazardous for one’s health. Many have been threatened by an out of control judiciary. Some have lost their homes, spent time in solitary for white collar crimes, and had their names dragged through the media mud.

Melania Trump, First Lady, Fashion, Trump

Loved by the troops, First Lady Melania Trump arrives on the USS Wasp Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Yokosuka, Japan. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

So far, coverage of FLOTUS has only been (a) non-existent, (b) snarky, (c) licentious, (d) condescending, or (e) patronizing. The media treatment of Melania Trump is reminiscent of high school mean girls, whose behavior is punctuated by jealousy, groupthink, and pecking outsiders to death.

Beauty. Charm. Manners.

A composed and serene demeanor. Dedication to putting America forward always on the right foot. These are Melania Trump’s high crimes and misdemeanors. Shame on Vogue and Vanity Fair. Shame again on the Washington Post, New York Times and CNN, for their abdication of covering America’s first lady.

The mean girls of the media should turn in their press cards and return to air-brushing photos of Michelle, Valery and Hillary for their covers. These women are in step with these covetous times.

They are the chosen ones, media darlings of the new, chic, progressivism — they, of late-term abortions, open borders and rampaging socialism, and indeterminate looks.

Coverage of an honestly beautiful first lady like Melania Trump seems not to be in the cards this time around. For the mean stream media, putting America and its glamorous first lady on a pedestal will not do.

Leftist agendas by clipped-face acolytes have won that day, at least for now. More’s the pity.

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1 comment

  1. Kathleen Hall -

    Thank you Karen,for this wonderful interesting glimpse of our elegant, America loving, First Lady. We see so little of her, learn so little, due to our loss of a Free Press, it is all the more appreciated and needed. Thank you for this important focus. There needs to be more!

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