Hope Hicks's Air Force One look seems like it's straight from Melania Trump's closet

Former White House communications director Hope Hicks boarded Air Force One with President Trump on Saturday, en route from New Jersey to a campaign rally in Ohio. There are a number of political reasons that this was noteworthy, including the fact that she is considered an important witness in the investigation into the Trump campaign’s possible collusion with Russia. But on a less serious note, many observed something else interesting about Hicks’s appearance.

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Former White House communications director Hope Hicks arrives at John Glenn Columbus International Airport with US President Donald Trump (out of frame) in Columbus, Ohio on August 4, 2018. - Trump will be hosting a 'Make America Great Again' rally in the Columbus suburb of Lewis Center. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Former White House communications director Hope Hicks steps off Air Force One upon arrival with US President Donald Trump (out of frame) at John Glenn Columbus International Airport in Columbus, Ohio on August 4, 2018. - Trump will be hosting a 'Make America Great Again' rally in the Columbus suburb of Lewis Center. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Former White House communications director Hope Hicks arrives with US President Donald Trump (out of frame) at John Glenn Columbus International Airport in Columbus, Ohio on August 4, 2018. - Trump will be hosting a 'Make America Great Again' rally in the Columbus suburb of Lewis Center. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Former White House communications director Hope Hicks is seen on the tarmac upon arrival at John Glenn Columbus International Airport in Columbus, Ohio on August 4, 2018. - Hicks was traveling with US President Donald Trump who will be hosting a 'Make America Great Again' rally in the Columbus suburb of Lewis Center. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Former White House communications director Hope Hicks steps off Air Force One upon arrival with US President Donald Trump (out of frame) at John Glenn Columbus International Airport in Columbus, Ohio on August 4, 2018. - Trump will be hosting a 'Make America Great Again' rally in the Columbus suburb of Lewis Center. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks exits Air Force One behind U.S. Presidehiot Donald Trump after they arrived at the John Glenn Columbus International Airport in Columbus, Ohio, U.S., August 4, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks stands behind U.S. President Donald Trump as he greets fans after arriving at the John Glenn Columbus International Airport in Columbus, Ohio, U.S., August 4, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis
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When the flight touched down at John Glenn Columbus International Airport, photographers captured Hicks descending the steps of the airplane in a sleeveless white midi dress and large, cat-eye sunglasses looking very much like Melania Trump. She also donned sky-high taupe heels and a Birkin bag, both favorites of the first lady.

“Wow I never realized how much Hope Hicks looks like Melania until just now,” tweeted Christy Milas. “I kept seeing this picture on people’s timelines and I thought it was Melania until I saw someone say it was Hope Hicks.”

“Is it just me or does Hope Hicks look very much like @FLOTUS ??? Weird,” observed @barbcarpenter.

The first lady has favored very similar dresses at various public appearances, such as the U.S. Women’s Open Golf Championship last summer and a speech in March about the Parkland, Fla., school shooting.

Before Hicks left her position in the White House, some had noticed the similarity of her fashion choices to Melania Trump’s. But the resemblance and timing of her appearance with the president was made even more interesting by Melania’s actions this weekend. On the heels of President Trump’s tweet denigrating LeBron James’s intelligence in a CNN interview, the first lady praised the NBA star.

“It looks like LeBron James is working to do good things on behalf of our next generation and just as she always has, the First Lady encourages everyone to have an open dialogue about issues facing children today,” Melania’s spokesperson, Stephanie Grisham, told CNN in a statement. She also added that the first lady would be open to visiting the I Promise school that James recently opened in Akron, Ohio.

Twitter was rife with speculation that Melania’s statement was somehow related to the fact that her husband was traveling with Hicks.

On the other hand, maybe Hicks just needed a lift to Ohio and she likes wearing white in the heat of summer?

RELATED: What you should know about Hope Hicks 

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Hicks and her sister, Mary Grace, were successful teen models. Hicks posed for Ralph Lauren and appeared on the cover of "It Girl," a spin-off of the best-selling "Gossip Girl" book and TV series.

Hicks and her sister, Mary Grace, were successful teen models. Hicks posed for Ralph Lauren and appeared on the cover of "It Girl," a spin-off of the best-selling "Gossip Girl" book and TV series.

Hicks met patriarch Trump and quickly "earned his trust," Ivanka Trump told The New York Times for a June 2016 profile on the spokeswoman.

In January 2015, Trump called Hicks into his office on the 26th floor of Trump Tower and told her she was joining his presidential campaign. "I think it’s 'the year of the outsider.' It helps to have people with outsider perspective," Hicks said Trump told her.

Hicks didn't have any political experience, but her public-relations roots run deep. Both grandfathers worked in PR, and her father, Paul, was the NFL's executive vice president for communications and public relations. He was also a town selectman from 1987 to 1991. Greenwich proclaimed April 23, 2016, as Paul B. Hicks III Day.

Hicks started working on what would become Trump's campaign five months before Trump announced his presidency, after he famously rode a golden escalator down to the lobby of his tower on June 16, 2015.

That makes Hicks the campaign staffer who has persisted in Trump's inner circle the longest. She outlasted his first campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, and several senior advisers.

People close to her describe Hicks as a friendly, loyal fighter. Trump has called her a "natural" and "outstanding."

While reporters who have worked with Hicks say she's polite, they have expressed frustration that she was often unreachable on the campaign trail, not responding to requests for comment, or denying access to the candidate.

She said her mom, Caye, told her to write a book about her experience with Trump, like "Primary Colors," the fictional novel depicting President Bill Clinton's first presidential campaign. "You don't even know," she said she told her mother.

During the campaign, Hicks spent most of her days fielding reporters' requests and questions — even reportedly taking dictation from Trump to post his tweets.

During the campaign, Hicks stayed in a free apartment in a Trump building, though she'd often go home to her parents' house in Connecticut when she could.

These days she's in DC. Trump named her his assistant to the president and director of strategic communications in December.

She still flies below the radar, directing the spotlight back on Trump. The then president-elect called her up to the microphone to speak at a "Thank You" rally in December.

It's been said she can act as a sort of Trump whisperer, understanding his many moods and professionally executing what needs to be done. She still only calls him "Sir" or "Mr. Trump."

"If the acting thing doesn’t work out, I could really see myself in politics," Hicks told Greenwich Magazine when she was 13. "Who knows."

In June, the White House released salary info for 377 top staffers. Hicks gets paid the maximum amount that any of Trump's aides receive: $179,700.

Hicks is making as much as Trump's former chief of staff Reince Priebus, chief strategist Steve Bannon, former press secretary Sean Spicer, senior counselor Kellyanne Conway, policy adviser Stephen Miller, and communications official Omarosa Manigault.

Some family members and friends have expressed concern that Hicks is so closely tied to a president whose policies and statements are unpopular with a significant number of Americans, but are confident that she'll come through unscathed.

"There is just no way that a camera or an episode or a documentary could capture what has gone on. There is nothing like it," Hicks told Marie Claire in June 2016. "It is the most unbelievable, awe-inspiring thing."

In August, Trump asked Hicks to be the new interim White House director of communications, a job that Michael Dubke, Sean Spicer, and Anthony Scaramucci held and left in Trump's first six months in office. The White House will announce who will serve in the job permanently "at the appropriate time."

The 28-year-old Hicks is the youngest communications director in history.

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