A look at Melania Trump’s scowl compared to Michael Phelps, Grumpy Cat, Judge Dredd and other looks of disdain

Scowl have what she's having. First Lady Melania Trump committed a David Copperfield-level disappearing act during Friday's inauguration, with the internet unable to stop watching as her smile turns to shade faster than you can say "bigly." Seemingly in response to her husband turning back around, Trump's historic scowl can be counted among a long legacy of looks of scorn. Here's how the First Lady's expression stacks up against other grimaces of greatness. Gold medal glower Though he's the most decorated Olympian of all-time, there's no dressing up Michael Phelps' disdain at the 2016 Summer Olympics. The renowned competitive swimmer appeared to be staring down rival Chad le Clos as the South African danced in front of him, but Phelps would simply claim, "I was in my own zone. I was not intentionally mean mugging him or giving him a dirty look." Regardless, it's hard to say who had the best scowl, him or Trump, but his accessories clearly give Phelps a handicap, his hood and giant headphones coming together to make him look like the grim reaper on laundry day. Grump vs. Trump Known on the interwebs as Grumpy Cat, this calico mix quickly became an internet personality thanks to a perpetual look of displeasure as well as people having too much time on their hands. Despite having over 2 million followers on Instagram alone, getting named 2012's most influential cat and starring in the bizarre holiday film "Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever," Grumpy Cat, real name Tardar Sauce, is the cat queen of looking mean. Melania easily wins this meow-packed matchup though, as Grumpy Cat's appearance requires zero effort thanks to an overwhelmingly adorable underbite and feline dwarfism. In contrast, Trump's apparent level of aversion takes years of training, aka marriage to a man who brags about possible sexual assault to Billy Bush. No Country for Old Menacing Looks Continue Reading

Melania Trump readies for her move to the White House

Melania Trump is ready to have more fun. Two weeks after hosting “an elegant party” for 46 governors, we’re told that Melania is feeling confident about the role she’ll play in the White House when she moves there this summer. “She really cares about entertaining,” says a source with ties to the First Lady. We’re told it’s no coincidence that when the Trump administration recently announced it would be resuming White House tours — which temporarily ended after The Donald became President — Melania delivered the news. She also approached the Governors Ball proactively. “She didn’t want people talking business,” we hear. “She had a theme for the Governors dinner — ‘Spring Renewal.’ And she’ll be in full bloom when she moves into the White House.” That transition will include a lighter look. “She flies in her hairdresser from Beverly Hills, Alen M, who also works in New York City. He's responsible for her color,” a salon world snitch tells us. “They decided recently that she should go blonder. You can see the highlights. The process is called ‘balayage.’” That spy tell us the First Lady also gets extensions to give her hair more volume. “If you’re rich enough, you can have more hair,” sniffed that bicoastal source. When Alen M works on the First Lady’s ’do, he meets her and 10 Secret Service agents at an E. 57th St. boutique called L’Appartement outside of the shop’s normal business hours. Melania has also been planning what to wear when she throws parties in the capital. “Herve Pierre did her inauguration dress and the two of them are huddling to do more elegant gowns for entertaining in the White House,” we’re told. “She wants her dresses modern, sleek and form Continue Reading

Melania Trump’s inaugural gown enters Smithsonian’s First Ladies Collection

 First lady Melania Trump's inaugural gown is now a part of American history — enshrined in the Smithsonian's First Ladies Collection of past inaugural frocks.At a ceremony at the National Museum of American History in Washington on Friday, Trump formally handed over what the White House called her "couture" inaugural dress: A vanilla silk crepe off-the-shoulder gown with a slit skirt, a ruffled accent from neckline to hem and a claret ribbon around the waist.Trump, a former fashion model, was dressed for the event in a creamy-pink brocade shift dress with a pink coat casually draped over her shoulders and her trademark spike heels in coral pink suede.In a statement issued by press secretary Stephanie Grisham, Trump, 47, said it was "such an honor" to donate her gown to the museum's collection of FLOTUS frocks. She said the tradition would help commemorate the inauguration ceremonies for the Trumps.  “In addition to celebrating fashion, which is something I have loved since I was a small child, there is no better way to memorialize such a special evening and new chapter in the life of our family,” she added. The dress was designed by French-born designer Hervé Pierre, 51, in collaboration with Trump herself, who thanked him for his efforts. Pierre, who also was at the ceremony, said it was an honor to work with her on the dress.“This has truly been a wonderful journey – from the extraordinary collaboration to creating the piece, to seeing her wear it on a historic night, and now having it preserved in history forever in such an iconic exhibit — is something I will always cherish," he said. Laura Duff, a spokeswoman for the museum, said the First Ladies Collection has been one of the most popular Smithsonian attractions for more than a century. The exhibit, The First Ladies, explores the changing role played by first ladies and American women Continue Reading

How do Melania Trump’s first months as FLOTUS compare with predecessors’?

In one sense, Melania Trump is very different from her five immediate predecessors, Michelle Obama, Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, Barbara Bush and Nancy Reagan: They all moved into the White House immediately after inauguration.Thus, they had more opportunities for taking on the trappings of first ladyhood than Trump, who won't move in until sometime in June.But the truth is it takes every first-time first lady months to decide how she'll approach an undefined, unpaid and high-pressure role, says Anita McBride, who served in multiple administrations, was chief of staff to Laura Bush and now studies the legacies of first ladies at American University in Washington."We’re used to seeing, in the last few first ladies, a slightly more immediate impact on their work, as with Hillary Clinton, who was right out the gate on healthcare," McBride says. "Even Michelle Obama did not roll out her first initiative until nine months in and after she had consulted experts and done her due diligence."Here's what the women who came before Trump did in their first year: Michelle Obama 2009She declared herself "mom-in-chief" to her two pre-teen daughters. She also was front and center almost immediately, in February 2009, by going on a "listening tour" of federal agencies in Washington where she met with enthusiastic audiences and thanked workers for their service.By April of 2009, she was out on the White House grounds, planting herbs in the Kitchen Garden with Washington schoolchildren, laying the groundwork for her Let's Move campaign for healthy eating and against childhood obesity that kicked off in the fall.That effort, one of her three signature first-lady causes, soon featured Obama, dressed in workout clothes, leading exercises and racing with schoolchildren on the White House lawn. She promoted her campaign (and American fashion brands like J. Crew) on late-night talk shows, danced with Jimmy Fallon, competed at pushups with Ellen Continue Reading

Melania Trump nails diplomatic first lady style with red Dior skirt suit in Paris

Melania Trump may be an American in Paris, but she's taking the cultural diplomacy part of the quick trip seriously, as evidenced by her travel wardrobe.Walking off Air Force One early Thursday, it was obvious her bright red Dior skirt suit was a nod to France and one of its most famous exports: fashion. And it's equally obvious that Trump has been keeping up with her fashion history.Her tailored jacket and A-line skirt resemble Christian Dior's famous "New Look," a revolutionary style that the late designer and founder of the fashion house invented after WWII. Trump's cinched-waist jacket is a modern take on the Bar Jacket, one of the famous pieces from the 1947 collection that launched the look. At the time, before bandage dresses and when women wouldn't dare to go without a slip, the garment's form-fitted style following the curves of a woman's body was astoundingly nouveau.  Her stylist, Hervé Pierre, who designed her inaugural gown, put a lot of thought into the look, according to WWD. The French designer earned his citizenship last year, and took the challenge of this trip seriously, noting that they wanted to pay their respects to the design house, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary.“My job is to make this woman look beautiful and she’s representing the country,” Pierre told the fashion site. “For me, it’s about this legacy of this woman. A lot of people have good taste in fashion and it is very easy to find a nice pair of shoes to go with a dress.”The first lady is joining her husband on a two-day visit to meet with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron and be the guest of honor at Bastille Day celebrations. Shortly after arrival, she stopped at the Necker Hospital for children, which she's made a routine on her travels.  Continue Reading

Melania Trump continues fashion tour de force at Eiffel Tower dinner

After earning praise for her elegance and knowledge of French style, Melania Trump continued her fashion tour de force in a custom Hervé Pierre dress for dinner at the Eiffel Tower. The first lady joined her French counterpart, Brigitte Macron, President Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron for a cozy meal at the Jules Verne Restaurant in the Parisian landmark Thursday, showing her earlier outfit was not a one-off. The slim-fit, knee-length dress tastefully highlighted the national colors for the two countries  -- a fitting salute to France on the eve of Bastille Day, a national holiday akin to the 4th of July. And its made it all the more diplomatic when taking into account Pierre's French heritage and recently-earned American citizenship. The designer and stylist behind her inaugural gown also picked out her red Dior suit from earlier in the day, a lovely nod to the 70th anniversary of the famous fashion house. Brigitte Macron, for her part, wore another French designer, in the form of a Louis Vuitton mini-dress.   Continue Reading

Twitter goes bananas speculating Melania Trump might have a ‘body double’

In the beginning, first lady Melania Trump was mocked for her absence from the White House. Then she was criticized for her clothes and her shoes. On Wednesday some conspiracy theorists on Twitter were convinced she wasn't even Melania — she's a body double! Soon after a tweet asserting this was posted, the reaction tweets were off to the races as jokesters, paranoids, gif-makers and Trump supporters vied with one another to make the case, knock it down or just have a good time posting clever pictures and videos. More proof that startling numbers of people on Twitter have way too much time on their hands? That seemed to be the feeling in the exasperated East Wing.                             "Once again we find ourselves consumed with a ridiculous non-story when we could be talking about the work the first lady is doing on behalf of children, including the opioid crisis that is gripping our nation," said Trump's spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, in an email to USA TODAY Thursday. In recent weeks, the first lady has focused on fighting opioid addiction as a cause. For the record, there is no Melania Trump body double, but that didn't stop the blathering about it.  Here's the tweet that started it:"This is not Melania. To think they would go this far & try & make us think its (sic) her on TV is mind blowing. Makes me wonder what else is a lie," declared Joe Vargas, who goes by the Twitter name of BuyLegalMeds. Make of that what you will.The video he posted early Wednesday was taken from CNN, possibly shot through a window and also while it was raining, last Friday. The first lady and President Trump were on the South Lawn of the White House preparing to leave for a visit to a Secret Service training facility in nearby Maryland.Was Vargas joking or serious? Did he mistake the vagaries of camera quirks for conspiracy? Not entirely clear but Continue Reading

Melania Trump dons gold on eve of inauguration

Melania Trump is ringing in inauguration eve in gold.The future first lady donned a long gold Reem Acra column dress for dinner with campaign donors held at Union Station Thursday night Washington, D.C.Earlier in the day, Melania chose a black Norisol Ferrari military-style knee-length coat and matching fitted dress in black for a wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.Acra is a Hollywood favorite, most recently worn by Kristen Wiig and Emily Ratajkowski at the Golden Globes. The designer is a native of Beirut who has also lived in Paris and Hong Kong.Melania Trump spoke earlier in the day at a Thursday luncheon, when Trump met with GOP congressional leaders. The president-elect invited Melania to address the crowd. "Tomorrow we're starting the work," she said, adding that "there's a lot of possibility and a lot to take care of." Continue Reading

Melania Trump debuts sky blue Ralph Lauren Inaugural outfit…and an updo!

For her first day as first lady, Melania Trump opted for a Jackie O-channeling look from a classic American brand.Melania debuted her Tiffany-blue inauguration outfit on Friday morning, wearing a custom Ralph Lauren ensemble as she and Donald Trump arrived for a church service at St. John’s Episcopal Church across from the White House.Melania's ensemble consists of a cashmere cropped jacket and mock turtleneck dress, suede gloves and a suede clutch, all in sky blue. In a departure from her usual shoulder-sweeping blowout, she wore her hair in an updo.Her icy blue rounded out Donald Trump's patriotic red and white ensemble, with the Obamas also sporting the colors of the flag as the two families met at the White House.Melania also arrived with a gift that matched her dress, handing Michelle Obama what looked like a Tiffany's box as she greeted the outgoing First Lady on the steps.The other two Trump women opted for white, with Ivanka appearing in an asymmetrical jacket, reportedly by Oscar de la Renta, and Tiffany wearing a full-length, double-breasted coat.While the Trumps opted for subtle patriotism in their fashion choices, Kellyanne Conway went full Revolutionary War with her eye-popping $3,600 Gucci coat.Fashion-watchers have speculated which designers Melania would wear for the inaugural festivities. . Lauren A. Rothman, stylist and author of Style Bible: What to Wear to Work, foresaw Melania's daytime look in an interview with USA TODAY, predicting the first lady would opt for a professional look."It would be great if she wore a classic dress that any woman could slip into," she said, advising Melania to wear "items that can lend an executive presence."During the inaugural concert Thursday, Ivanka Trump's striking green coat took center stage, while Melania blended in with a black Norisol Ferrari military-style knee-length coat and matching dress. Continue Reading

Melania Trump helped design her own inaugural gown

Corrections & Clarifications: A previous version of this story misidentified the designer of Melania Trump's pre-inauguration dress worn Thursday night. The gown was designed by Reem Acra.On Friday night, all eyes were on Melania Trump, and which designer the new first lady would choose for her inaugural gown.The answer? The vanilla crepe off-the-shoulder gown with a red silk ribbon at the waist was a collaboration "between herself and Hervé Pierre, former creative director of Carolina Herrera," according to the first lady's office.With her hair styled loose over her shoulders, Melania Trump took center stage with the president for their first dance, as the two swayed to a rendition of Frank Sinatra's My Way."It looks absolutely amazing on her," said CNN anchor Erin Burnett, noting white is a tough color to pull off.Mid-song, the Trumps broke tradition, and their extended family joined the first couple, dancing behind them. With the men in tuxes, the Trump women dressed in soft colors.Ivanka Trump, who has attracted as much sartorial interest as her stepmother, wore a glittering, nude, long-sleeved Carolina Herrera gown."They're bringing New York glamour to Washington," said CNN commentator Kate Betts. "Much in the same way that Nancy Reagan brought Hollywood glamour to Washington."First lady fashion has long made headlines – just look at the sartorial legacies of Jackie Kennedy (who Melania evoked at Donald Trump's Friday afternoon swearing-in ceremony, dressed in sky blue Ralph Lauren), Nancy Reagan, who favored James Galanos, and of course, Michelle Obama.Obama famously chose to wear Jason Wu gowns to both of her husband's inaugurations, putting the young designer, whose label is based in the U.S., firmly on the map. In 2009, she wore a one-shoulder white bridal-like dress, and in 2013, she chose Wu's ruby red halter gown.Wu's fashion shows became a Continue Reading