New Book Highlights Melania Trump’s Elegance and Style

December 23, 2019 Updated: December 23, 2019

You rarely find Melania Trump featured on magazine covers, which is a pity, especially given her professional modeling background.

Fans of Mrs. Trump will appreciate a new book by L.D. Hicks, “Elegance in the White House,” a beautiful collection of photos showcasing her time so far as first lady—“all done with elegance, style, and a fierce determination to protect her family,” Hicks says.

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“Melania Trump: Elegance in the White House” by L.D. Hicks (Post Hill Press, $30). (Courtesy of Post Hill Press)

“Melania’s story and accomplishments are often written off or overshadowed in the media by the emphasis placed on her husband,” Hicks says. “But she is a tough, stylish woman who escaped a communist upbringing to find massive success worldwide in the fashion industry and eventually become the 45th First Lady of the United States.”

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First Lady Melania Trump tours the site of the Giza Pyramids in Cairo on Oct 6, 2018. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

Hicks presents some background about the first lady, but it’s the photos that really hold your attention. These capture moments that, in the constant din of news broadcasts and headlines, easily get lost.

Her easy, confident elegance is obvious; and her style choices are fun to pore over. But what jumped out at me the most while perusing the book—perhaps due to how much these instances are under-reported—was Mrs. Trump’s charitable work.

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First Lady Melania Trump gives a high five to 4-year-old Essence Overton during her visit to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tenn., on July 24. 2018. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

Her BE BEST initiative has three components: the well-being of children, online safety, and families affected by opioid abuse. It is especially when she visits babies and children that you can see the first lady’s genuine smile truly shine; her ease and comfort highlight the role she has mentioned as her most important one: being a mother.

Hicks’s book pays homage not just to the first lady’s glamour, but also to a soft, nurturing side that’s all too often overlooked.

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First Lady Melania Trump at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital on Feb. 5, 2018. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)