The White House, which was the location for the picture, has released the first official portrait of Melania Trump. She released a statement which only showed her eagerness for her position, where she said she was ‘honored to serve’ as the First Lady and that she was looking forward to working ‘on behalf of the American people.’
Unfortunately, the internet has already jumped at turning this picture into a meme and have taken to nit picking and comparing her portrait to that of Michelle Obama. She is standing in front of a blurred background of the White House with her arms cross, but, instead of admiring this lovely picture of a strong woman, people are nitpicking and reading into every detail.
“In some ways they [the White House] are doing what they can do with what they have, which is someone who is a model, who built a business on her fame and the way that she looks,” says Prof Finnegan.
“The abstractness of that background, where she’s vaguely in the White House but you can’t really tell, that to me mirrors her own situation.
“For people who want to criticise her for that, they will be able to do that but for people who want to say, ‘Look, she’s the First Lady and she’s in the White House, leave her alone,’ they can do that too.”
Commentators have pointed out the stance Mrs Trump has adopted, where the First Lady has her arms folded.
“On the one hand it can communicate defensiveness,” says Prof Finnegan.
“But women in power generally don’t have a lot of body stances they can hold for themselves and communicate power. “When you talk about images of women, talking about body language is really complicated because often our interpretations say more about us than of the women being pictured.”