On April 26th, First Lady Melania Trump celebrates her 50th birthday. People have a lot of opinions about her, but regardless of where you stand on her politics, her proposals, or her career, you have to admit she has style. There will be a million think-pieces written about her in celebration of her birthday, and I anticipate a lot of Instagram posts about her influence in the world,but I wanted to take a non-political moment to appreciate having another style icon in the White House. The role of first lady is a complicated one–one that no one really “chooses” but that all embrace in their own unique ways. You can learn more about the evolving role of first ladies via the podcast Ladies, First.
Let’s look at some of Melania’s best looks since becoming first lady in January 2017. All photography credits are included.
This Stunning White Dress
Melania wore this gown while in England on an official visit.
This Gorgeous Pink Coat
Melania wore this coat while meeting the President of Colombia and his wife.
This Menswear Look
Melania wore this ensemble while visiting the pyramids at Giza.
This Glittering Gown
Melania wore this Chanel gown at her first state dinner, welcoming the president and first lady of France.
This Elegant Black Combo
Melania was photographed in this black-on-black combo outside the White House in April 2018.
This Semi-Casual Plane Outfit
Remember when the world panicked because Melania wore heels on the plane to visit Texas after Hurricane Harvey?
This Buoyant Easter Dress
Melania wore this pretty number, topped off with bright heels, for Easter festivities in 2017.
If you’re interested in Melania’s on-going fashion choices, check out USA Today’s Melania Trump Style Diary or this new book about her style.