First lady Melania Trump is on February’s cover of Vanity Fair Mexico, with the description “the new Jackie Kennedy,” even as her husband and the Mexican president engage in a Twitter war.
— Vanity Fair México (@VanityFairMX) January 26, 2017
The cover teases that the article will go into her intriguing past and her current life with Donald Trump.
The first lady is described as a “homebody … She’s rich, but not a socialite; she prefers family to the It set and retires early after events.”
The article makes multiple references to former first lady Jackie Kennedy as the glamorous model Melania would likely follow: “the classic First Lady.”
“In fact, in a now-prophetic 1999 interview with The New York Times, Melania — then dating Donald Trump — said she would see Kennedy as a role model should she ever make it to the White House as first lady,” CNBC reported.
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) January 20, 2017
The GQ piece recounts how Donald and Melania met in the fall of 1998 at a party during New York Fashion Week. The 52-year-old was taken with Melania, a 28-year-old Slovenian super model at the time, and asked for her number.
“She refused, and instead asked Trump for his contact information,” GQ reported. “Unimpressed with merely catching the eye of the famous billionaire, Melania was studying the situation as if testing a coin with her teeth. ‘If I give him my number, I’m just one of the women he calls,’ she remembers.”
She was also curious if he would give his business or personal number. “I wanted to see what his intention is,” she explained. “It tells you a lot from the man what kind of number he gives you. He gave me all of his numbers.” She waited a week to call him.
“We had a great connection, we had great chemistry, but I was not starstruck. And maybe he noticed that,” Melania recounted.
The two married in 2005.
Vanity Fair Mexico’s running of the cover with the new U.S. first lady, comes as President Trump and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto are engaged in a public spat over the building of a border wall.
Trump signed an executive order this week calling for construction to go forward and has promised that Mexico will pay for the wall.
The two decided to cancel a meeting scheduled for next week over the issue.
Trump tweeted Thursday morning that it would be better to cancel the meeting after the Mexican president stated his country not only opposed paying for the wall, but its very existence.
Nieto complied tweeting, “This morning we have informed the White House that I will not attend the meeting scheduled for next Tuesday with the @POTUS.”
Esta mañana hemos informado a la Casa Blanca que no asistiré a la reunión de trabajo programada para el próximo martes con el @POTUS.
— Enrique Peña Nieto (@EPN) January 26, 2017
How the Vanity Fair article will be received in Mexico, given the current strained relationship between the two leaders, is not clear, but Americans are giving the first lady high marks.
A poll released this week finds 47 percent already holding a favorable opinion of her, while 32 percent have an unfavorable view, with the rest still getting to know her.
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