When Jackie Kennedy became First Lady, fashionistas couldn’t get enough of what she was wearing. She was only 31 when she became First Lady but she had an amazing sense of style for a woman of any age, let alone someone as young as she. Of course she grew up in “blue blood” society but her sense of style was extraordinary.
Jackie’s skeletal figure was complemented by garments tailored as a pieces of sculpture; the perfect choice for her shape. Of course she was beautiful and poised, always presenting the ideal image for the First Lady. When President Kennedy traveled to France, she introduced him to the audience with her perfect French. She had the crowd in the palm of her hand.
Our First Ladies have each had their own style and have played an important role in supporting their husbands but there is something special about a beautiful, young leader in the spotlight. The British love their queen but Kate and Will capture the majority of press.
Now we have another young – age 46 – and beautiful First Lady elect. Having been a model, Melania Trump understands which styles look best on her curved hourglass figure. And, just as Jackie Kennedy, it has not been her custom to shop at Target or Walmart. Melania’s wedding dress is reported to have cost $200,000! Born in Slovenia, Melania speaks six languages fluently. She follows Louisa Adams (1825-1829) as the second First Lady to be born outside the United States.
Now we will be waiting to see what Melania chooses for her inauguration dress. Michelle Obama chose unknown designers for her inaugural gown and other gowns, helping to launch their careers. Based on her role in the campaign, I would anticipate that Melania will not seek to be in the spotlight but the spotlight will undoubtedly seek to be on her!