Reported by CNN
Photography by Regine Mahaux
The White House released Monday the official portrait of first lady Melania Trump. Her new press secretary, Stephanie Grisham, tweeted the news, along with a link and later the official FLOTUS Twitter account sent out the photo.
The photograph was taken in the West Sitting Hall of the White House private residence, CNN confirmed. The photographer, Regine Mahaux, is well-known for her celebrity portraiture and has taken several pictures of Trump in the past, including high-glamour editorial images. For her official first lady look, Trump opted for a black tuxedo-style jacket, with a sequined neckerchief. Her engagement ring, reportedly 25-carats, is also on full display.
The picture now accompanies Trump’s biography on the White House’s official website. Her predecessor, Michelle Obama, opted to have her first official portrait taken in the White House Blue Room. She was photographed by Joyce N. Boghosian.
In 2013, a second official portrait, by Chuck Kennedy, was released, this time with Mrs. Obama, sporting bangs, in the Green Room.