A physical communication author has likened Melania Trump to the late Princess Diana of Wales because the two women reportedly reflect elegance and shyness. Weeks after President Donald Trump took on his duties in Washington D.C., his wife remained elusive.
According to Judi James, how Melania represents herself during public sightings has a resemblance to the manner the People’s Princess acted outside. “[Melania Trump] is the show-stopper who looks terrified of stopping the show,” she told the Mirror.
Melania is rarely spotted in the White House and chooses to stay at the Trump Towers to let 10-year-old son Barron finish the school year. Nonetheless, when she goes out, she makes it a point to leave a lasting impression. When the president delivered his first major speech to Congress, Melania donned a Michael Kors suit.
The body language expert details that Melania is adamant to maintain a low-key appeal.
“The show is, of course, her husband’s and he’s not a man with a love of being upstaged. Melania looked intent on making a much more low-key entrance, descending the stairs to her balcony seat looking self-conscious and rather lonely. She shook hands with her guests in a rather overly-formal way when you might have expected a hug and performed a quick hair-preen that suggested anxiety at being the centre of so much attention.”
She further noted that Melania looked anxious during the speech because she wanted her husband to get all the attention.
“Her facial expressions during this moment under the spotlight ranged from Hollywood smile to micro-gestures of anxiety plus a more surprised-looking smile at the audience’s apparent affection. She nodded a couple of times but overall she looked keen to have the spotlight turned back to her husband.”
Princess Diana was loved by many because of her reserved, yet warm demeanour. Back when her marriage with Prince Charles was on the rocks, she refused to speak ill of him. She made headlines for interacting with the British people on a more personal level.
To mark the 20th year of her passing, a fashion exhibit was organised to highlight her memorable outfits. The exhibit curator revealed that the mother of two’s sense of style took into consideration the people she would meet.
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Diana did not like wearing gloves for she wanted to have physical contact with the public. She also disliked wearing hats and chunky accessories when meeting children believing that these would make it difficult to cuddle with her younger audience.
It might take some time before Melania gets used to the political limelight. It is significant to note that she isn’t the only first lady who encountered difficulty in adjusting to the position.
Lisa Kathleen Graddy, the curator of the First Ladies exhibit found at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, cited some examples of women “who have to feel their way into the position.” She told The New York Times that each lady “had her own adjustment period and some never really adjusted at all.”
Louisa Adams, who was born outside the United States like Melania, had to prove her strength, especially because her mother-in-law thought she was “a little too fine a lady” to become a politician’s wife. President John Quincy Adams’ other half did her best to become a great hostess, but people close to her knew that she got depressed. To distract herself, Louisa reportedly resorted to eating chocolates and penning poems and stories with a repressed female lead.
Like Melania, Bess Truman was also dedicated to shielding her daughter, Margaret, from the media. It is believed that President Harry Truman’s wife never completely adapted to life in the White House because she opted to visit her hometown, Independence, Missouri, frequently.
Ohio University professor Katherine Jellison told the website that Pat Nixon also struggled with her new role at first.
“Even people who can recall the Nixon presidency probably can’t remember the sound of her voice,” she noted. “She would have preferred a very different kind of life.”
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