Analyzing what Melania Trump wore during her four-nation African tour: it’s complicated

“Focus on what I do, not what I wear” was the takeaway from Melania Trump, at the end of her first solo trip abroad as first lady last week.

Addressing reporters in front of the Sphinx in Egypt Saturday, FLOTUS took issue with a question about the controversial pith helmet worn the previous day on a safari in Kenya. “You know what? We just completed an amazing trip. We went to Ghana, We went to Malawi, we went to Kenya, now here we are in Egypt.” she said. “I want to talk about my trip and not what I wear. That’s very important, what I do, what we’re doing with USAID, my initiatives and I wish people would focus on what I do, not what I wear.”

Her six-day journey to Ghana, Malawi, Kenya and Egypt covered 14,680 nautical miles, but –— like it or not — many observers zeroed in on her fashion choices. Most controversial was the white pith helmet, which was a fiery topic on social media due to the fact colonialists and military personnel wore similar styles while commanding colonial armies in Africa.

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US First Lady Melania Trump walks to her military airplane prior to departing from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, October 1, 2018, as she travels on a week-long trip to Africa, with stops in Ghana, Malawi, Kenya and Egypt. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump gets out of her SUV as she walks to her military airplane prior to departing from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, October 1, 2018, as she travels on a week-long trip to Africa, with stops in Ghana, Malawi, Kenya and Egypt. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump receives flowers during an arrival ceremony after landing at Kotoka International Airport in Accra October 2, 2018 as she begins her week long trip to Africa to promote her 'Be Best' campaign. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump (R) walks alongside Rebecca Akufo-Addo, the First Lady of Ghana, during an arrival ceremony after landing at Kotoka International Airport in Accra October 2, 2018 as she begins her week long trip to Africa to promote her 'Be Best' campaign. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
Rebecca Akufo-Addo (L), the First Lady of Ghana, greets US First Lady Melania Trump (R) during an arrival ceremony after landing at Kotoka International Airport in Accra October 2, 2018 as she begins her week long trip to Africa to promote her 'Be Best' campaign. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump holds a baby during a visit to the Greater Accra Regional Hospital in Accra, on October 2, 2018, as she begins her week long trip to Africa to promote her 'Be Best' campaign. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump greets patients during a visit to the Greater Accra Regional Hospital in Accra, Ghana, on October 2, 2018, as she begins her week-long trip to Africa to promote her 'Be Best' campaign. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump (C) donates teddy bears to patients during a visit to the Greater Accra Regional Hospital in Accra, Ghana, October 2, 2018, as she begins her week-long trip to Africa to promote her 'Be Best' campaign. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump walks at the Cape Coast Castle, a former slave trading fort, in Cape Coast, on October 3, 2018, during the second day of her week-long trip to Africa to promote her 'Be Best' campaign. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump (C) waves next to Ghana's First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo (L) during a visit to the Greater Accra Regional Hospital in Accra, Ghana, on October 2, 2018, as she begins her week-long trip to Africa to promote her 'Be Best' campaign. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump walks with Kwesi Essel-Blankson, Museum Educator, at the Cape Coast Castle, a former slave trading fort, in Cape Coast, on October 3, 2018, during the second day of her week-long trip to Africa to promote her 'Be Best' campaign. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - US First Lady Melania Trump (L) tours with Museum Educator Kwesi Essel-Blankson, the Cape Coast Castle, a former slave trading fort, in Cape Coast, Ghana, on October 3, 2018. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump shakes hands with Osabarimba Kwesi Atta II, the chieftan of the regional Fante tribe (R), at the Emintsimadze palace in Cape Coast, Ghana, October 3, 2018. - US First Lady Melania Trump is on a solo tour of Africa to promote her children's welfare programme. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump on her way to board a US military airplane as she prepares to depart from Kotoka International Airport in Accra, Ghana, October 4, 2018, enroute to Lilongwe, Malawi. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump (R) visits the Chipala Primary School in Lilongwe alongside head teacher Maureen Masi on October 4, 2018 during a 1-day visit in Malawi, part of her week long trip to Africa to promote her 'Be Best' campaign. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump visits Chipala Primary School in Lilongwe on October 4, 2018 during a 1-day visit in Malawi, part of her week long trip to Africa to promote her 'Be Best' campaign. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump visits Chipala Primary School alongside head teacher Maureen Masi in Lilongwe on October 4, 2018, as she pays a one day visit to the country as part of her solo tour of Africa promoting her children's welfare programme. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US first lady Melania Trump (L) reaches out to pet a baby elephant, accompanied by CEO Angela Sheldrick (C), at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya, on October 5, 2018. - Melania Trump is in Africa to promote her children's welfare programme. (Photo by Ben Curtis / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read BEN CURTIS/AFP/Getty Images)
A Secret Service agent (L) steps forward to protect US first lady Melania Trump as she steps backwards after being nudged by a baby elephant she petted, at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya, on October 5, 2018. - Melania Trump is in Africa to promote her children's welfare programme. (Photo by Ben Curtis / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read BEN CURTIS/AFP/Getty Images)
A Secret Service agent (L) holds US first lady Melania Trump to protect her as she steps backwards after being nudged by a baby elephant she petted, at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya, on October 5, 2018. - Melania Trump is in Africa to promote her children's welfare programme. (Photo by Ben Curtis / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read BEN CURTIS/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump (L) pets a baby elephant at The David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi on October 5, 2018, as she pays a one day visit to the country during her solo tour of Africa promoting her children's welfare programme. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump (L) and First Lady of Kenya Margaret Kenyatta (R) pet a baby elephant at The David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi on October 5, 2018, as she pays a one day visit to the country during her solo tour of Africa promoting her children's welfare programme. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump waves as she travels in a vehicle while on a safari at The Nairobi National Park in Nairobi on October 5, 2018, as she pays a one day visit to the country during her solo tour of Africa promoting her children's welfare programme. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump travels in a vehicle while on a safari at The Nairobi National Park in Nairobi on October 5, 2018, as she pays a one day visit to the country during her solo tour of Africa promoting her children's welfare programme. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US first lady Melania Trump laughs after she was nudged by a baby elephant she petted, at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya, on October 5, 2018. - Melania Trump is in Africa to promote her children's welfare programme. (Photo by Ben Curtis / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read BEN CURTIS/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump looks at zebras as she travels in a vehicle while on a safari at The Nairobi National Park in Nairobi on October 5, 2018, as she pays a one day visit to the country during her solo tour of Africa promoting her children's welfare programme. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
First Lady of Kenya Margaret Kenyatta (R) and US First Lady Melania Trump stand alongside prior to their meeting at the State House in Nairobi, on October 5, 2018. - Melania Trump, who is in Africa to promote her children's welfare programme, began her trip in Ghana, where she visited mothers and their newborns, and toured a former slave trading fort. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
First Lady of Kenya Margaret Kenyatta (R) and US First Lady Melania Trump shake hands prior to their meeting at the State House in Nairobi, October 5, 2018. - Melania Trump, who is in Africa to promote her children's welfare programme, began her trip in Ghana, where she visited mothers and their newborns, and toured a former slave trading fort. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump (L) and Kenya's First Lady Margaret Kenyatta greet children as they arrive to attend a performance at the Kenyan National Theater in Nairobi, on October 5, 2018. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump (2-R) and the Kenya's First Lady Margaret Kenyatta pose for a photograph with Kenyan children at the Kenya National Theatre in Nairobi, on October 5, 2018. - Melania Trump is in Africa to promote her children's welfare programme. (Photo by Dai KUROKAWA / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read DAI KUROKAWA/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump gets out of her SUV before boarding her military airplane prior to departing from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, October 6, 2018, as she heads to Cairo, the final stop on her week-long trip through four countries in Africa. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump gets out of her SUV before boarding her military airplane prior to departing from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, October 6, 2018, as she heads to Cairo, the final stop on her week-long trip through four countries in Africa. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump walks to board her military airplane prior to departing from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, October 6, 2018, as she heads to Cairo, the final stop on her week-long trip through four countries in Africa. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump disembarks from her military airplane at Cairo International Airport in the Egyptian capital Cairo on October 6, 2018, for the final stop on her 4-country tour through Africa. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump disembarks from her military airplane at Cairo International Airport in the Egyptian capital Cairo on October 6, 2018, for the final stop on her 4-country tour through Africa. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump (L) meets with her Egyptian counterpart Intissar Amer al-Sisi at Cairo International Airport in the Egyptian capital Cairo on October 6, 2018, for the final stop on the former's 4-country tour through Africa. (Photo by DOUG MILLS / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read DOUG MILLS/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump (L) meets with her Egyptian counterpart Intissar Amer al-Sisi at Cairo International Airport in the Egyptian capital Cairo on October 6, 2018, for the final stop on the former's 4-country tour through Africa. (Photo by DOUG MILLS / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read DOUG MILLS/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump (L) is welcomed by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (C) and his wife Intissar Amer al-Sisi (R) upon her arrival at the Presidential palace in the Egyptian capital Cairo on October 6, 2018, for the final stop on her 4-country tour through Africa. (Photo by DOUG MILLS / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read DOUG MILLS/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump (L) is welcomed by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (C) and his wife Intissar Amer al-Sisi (R) upon her arrival at the Presidential palace in the Egyptian capital Cairo on October 6, 2018, for the final stop on her 4-country tour through Africa. (Photo by DOUG MILLS / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read DOUG MILLS/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump (C) visits the Giza Pyramids on October 6, 2018, during the final stop of her week-long trip through four countries in Africa. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - US First Lady Melania Trump visits the Giza Pyramids on October 6, 2018, during the final stop of her week-long trip through four countries in Africa. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump waves after disembarking from a military aircraft upon arrival at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, early on October 7, 2018, following a six-day, four-country tour of Africa. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
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During her remarks, the first lady indicated that she isn’t always in line with her husband, noting that she doesn’t always agree with his tweets and voicing approval that Dr. Christine Blasey Ford was heard. But after also saying that she was glad that the Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh had also been heard, that the FBI investigation was done and that the Senate voted, FLOTUS declined to respond when asked if she believed Ford, asking to move on. She also denied that Trump referred to African countries as “s–tholes” around her.

In speaking publicly about timely issues — something that she had not been prone to do — the First Lady indicated that she can be her own private Idaho. Her travel wardrobe also hinted at a more balanced approach. From start to finish, most of her ensembles were neutral-colored  and considerably more subdued than some of the show-stopping shades she has worn for international events. Given the terrain and the distance to be covered during the photo-ops in Africa, Trump left behind her numerous red-soled Christian Louboutin stilettos at the White House in favor of more walkable Manolo Blahnik heels and Chanel ballet flats, as well as boots and for one flight, sneakers.

The first lady also left the U.S. wearing a suede trench coat from contemporary label Vince, and turned up in Africa wearing a variety of other American brands such as Chufy and Ralph Lauren. Celine and Chanel were European ones that she sported in Ghana and Egypt, respectively. For a Sarakasi dance performance in Kenya, FLOTUS donned a tan button-front dress from Thierry Colson with a wide belt.

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As part of her first solo international trip as first lady, Melania visited Nairobi National Park in a white pith helmet, which drew criticism for its colonial-era past. 

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Melania Trump attended the General Debate of the 73rd session of the General Assembly at the United Nations alongside her husband. Her black dress was thought to be a slight towards President Trump as many people on the internet saw her outfit as a gesture of support for sexual assault survivors.

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The Trumps welcomed Polish President Andrzej Duda and his wife Agata Kornhauser-Duda to the White House in September. The problem? Melania was wearing a wool coat while it was still 80 degrees outside. Furthermore, she didn't remove her coat while dining inside with the Polish first lady, which Twitter deemed not the best hostess tactic. 

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Melania Trump tried her hand at gardening for the second time to plant an Eisenhower Oak at the White House in August. The $4000 skirt and sky-high Louboutin heels she wore to dig soil sent the internet aflame. 

"Melania is launching her new line of Gardening Attire, accompanied by the standard 4-inch heels," joked one Twitter user. 

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FLOTUS stepped out on August 20th in Maryland to promote her Be Best initiative and discuss cyberbullying. To the event, she wore the once-controversial pussy-bow blouse -- the same style she sported during the 2016 presidential debate after the Access Hollywood leak. 

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Arguably her most controversial outfit yet, Melania sported a jacket emblazoned with the words "I Really Don't Care Do You" to visit migrant children separated from their parents in Texas. The Zara jacket retails for $39.

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Melania arrived at POTUS' State of the Union at the start of the new year in a white Dior pantsuit. Many members of Congress chose to wear black in solidarity with sexual assault survivors and in protest of the Trump administration: Melania stood out in all white. 

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Following Ivana Trump's controversial interview in October, Melania donned an emerald green shirtdress from British brand Cefinn to an official visit to Lily's Place to visit with families affected by addiction. It's the first non-profit infant recovery center in the world. 

The dress was designed by former first lady of Britain Samantha Cameron. Is she reminding everyone of her status? 

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Alongside President Trump, FLOTUS arrived in Vegas in October to pay their respects to the 50 victims of the Las Vegas shooting. Her all-black, closed-off look drew some major criticism on Twitter. 

"I'm making a public plea to Melania Trump: stop with the sunglasses (and the heels at disaster areas)," one Twitter user wrote.

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Twitter had a lot to say about this picture of FLOTUS getting down and dirty in the garden established by former first lady Michelle Obama. 

Her $1380 Balmain shirt wasn't the most appropriate choice for the event.

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Though this photo was taken at the White House Congressional Picnic in June, the Trumps tweeted a photo from the event to wish the country a happy Labor Day the following September. 

"We are building our future with American hands, American labor, American iron, aluminum and steel," POTUS wrote. Ironically, Melania's dress was designed by Mary Katrantzou, a Greek-born British designer. Twitter had *a lot* to say. 

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Off to help Hurricane Harvey victims, Melania made headlines when she boarded Air Force One in sky-high stilettos.

"God grant me the serenity not to comment on the shoes," wrote one Twitter user.

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FLOTUS turned heads in a $51,500 floral jacket by Dolce & Gabbana for the G7 summit in Italy. 

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While visiting Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust Memorial, Melania sported a white sleeveless dress. Twitter wasn't happy with her sporting bare shoulders at the memorial.

Wrote one user, "Melania cover your arms up, show some respect."

"Geez. The lambasted Michelle Obama for baring her arms and her is Melania Trump in conservative Israel with a sleeveless dress," said another. 

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Just days after President Trump landed in hot water following the leaked Access Hollywood recordings, Melania sported a pussy bow shirt to the second presidential debates.

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Executives at a few of the companies said they knew nothing of her plans, suggesting the various selections must have been purchased at retail. Her predecessor Michelle Obama’s stylist worked with an assortment of designers, who never knew for certain in advance when their options might be worn. But once she did, many jumped on the free publicity, posting on social media, blasting press alerts or flagging the looks on their home pages. In this tetchy political climate, designers in the U.S. and abroad have not done the same with Trump. Executives at Vince, for example, did not respond to requests for comment.

Traveling all day, Trump’s stylist Hervé Pierre was unavailable to comment Monday.

Chufy’s designer Sofía Sanchez de Betak said via e-mail Monday that she had just found out that the first lady had worn one of her designs. She arrived in Cairo Saturday having just left Kenya in a green printed dress from the designer’s “Memories of Kenya” collection. De Betak said she didn’t have much data yet regarding how media coverage affected her site’s traffic and business. “We were never contacted by her team — she must have bought the dress at a store!” de Betak added.

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Portrait of American businessman Donald Trump and Melania Knauss (born Melanija Knavs) Trump as they pose together before a Marc Jacobs fashion show, New York, New York, 1998. (Photo by Rose Hartman/Getty Images)
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Melania Trump during Trump Vodka Launch Party - Red Carpet at Trump Tower at 725 Fifth Avenue in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - DECEMBER 11: Melania Trump attends Trump Magazine And FAO Schwarz Invite You To Vanessa And Don Trump Jr.'s Birthday Celebration at FAO Schwarz on December 11, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Marc Dimov/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Donald and Melania Trump during Focus Features Golden Globes After Party at Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by E. Charbonneau/WireImage for Focus Features)
NEW YORK - MARCH 13: Melania Trump and her son Barron attend the Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center's 16th Annual Bunny Hop at FAO toy store March 13, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
Melania Trump during 'Poiret: King of Fashion' Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art - Arrivals at Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - AUGUST 23: Melania Trump attends Men's Vogue Dinner in Honor of Roger Federer at Wakiya on August 23, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by BILLY FARRELL/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 06: Donald Trump and Melania Trump arrive at the Madonna + Gucci Present A Night to Benefit Raising Malawi at the United Nations on February 6, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 10: Melania Trump attends Duchess after party for Chanel at The Cooper Square Hotel on September 10, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Andrew Walker/Getty Images for CHANEL Beaut?)
NEW YORK - JUNE 25: Melania Trump-Trump attends the 37th Annual Police Athletic League Superstar Award Dinner at The Pierre Hotel on June 25, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Michael N. Todaro/WireImage)
NEW YORK - MAY 03: Melania Trump attends the Costume Institute Gala Benefit to celebrate the opening of the 'American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity' exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 3, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Melania Trump attends the QVC red carpet style party held at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles on February 25, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.
Donald Trump (L) and wife Melania Trump arrive at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California.
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20: Model/mother/entrepreneur Melania Trump visits SiriusXM Studio to promote her new QVC Melania Timepieces & Jewelry Collection on Cosmo Radio on April 20, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images)
Melania Trump attending the White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA) dinner at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C.. (Photo by Walter McBride/Corbis via Getty Images)
Melania Trump attends the 'Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty' Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Jewelry designer Melania Trump visits SiriusXM Studio on September 7, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 05: Melania Trump attends European School Of Economics Foundation Vision And Reality Awards on December 5, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for European School of Economics Foundation)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 09: Melania Trump attends the 'Celebrity Apprentice All-Star' event at Trump Tower on April 9, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Melania Trump attends the 14th Annual USTA Opening Night Gala at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 25, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
PALM BEACH, FL - JANUARY 04: Melania Trump attends Trump Invitational Grand Prix Mar-a-Lago Club at The Mar-a-Largo Club on January 4, 2015 in Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, NH - FEBRUARY 06: Melania Trump, wife of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, stands on stage following the Republican presidential debate at St. Anselm College February 6, 2016 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Sponsored by ABC News and the Independent Journal Review, this is the final televised debate before voters go to the polls for the New Hampshire primary on February 9. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 21: Melania Trump attends NBC's Today Trump Town Hall at Rockefeller Plaza on April 21, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Melania Trump attends 2016 Time 100 Gala, Time's Most Influential People In The World red carpet at Jazz At Lincoln Center at the Times Warner Center on April 26, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Time)
TRUMP NATIONAL GOLF CLUB WESTCHE, BRIARCLIFF MANOR, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - 2016/06/07: Melania Trump attends Donald Trump speech during post-election remarks at Trump National Golf Club Westchester. (Photo by Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 18: Melania Trump, wife of Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, walks on stage to deliver a speech on the first day of the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicks off on July 18. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's wife Melania Trump, daughter Ivanka Trump, son Eric Trump and son Donald Trump, Jr. arrive before the town hall debate at Washington University on October 9, 2016 in St Louis, Missouri. This is the second of three presidential debates scheduled prior to the November 8th election. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump (R) and Melania Trump (L) appear before the second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri on October 9, 2016. / AFP / POOL / RICK WILKING (Photo credit should read RICK WILKING/AFP/Getty Images)
ABC NEWS - Melania Trump is pictured at the opening of the Trump International Hotel in Washington DC, 10/26/16. (Photo by Fred Watkins/ABC via Getty Images) MELANIA TRUMP
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 09: Republican president-elect Donald Trump walks on stage with his wife Melania Trump during his election night event at the New York Hilton Midtown in the early morning hours of November 9, 2016 in New York City. Donald Trump defeated Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to become the 45th president of the United States. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump arrives before US President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of the US Congress on February 28, 2017, in Washington, DC. / AFP / ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
WEST PALM BEACH, FL - MARCH 17: President Donald Trump's wife Melania Trump and their son, Barron Trump walk to their vehicle after arriving together on Air Force One at the Palm Beach International Airport to spend part of the weekend at Mar-a-Lago resort on March 17, 2017 in West Palm Beach, Florida. President Trump has made numerous trips to his Florida home since the inauguration. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive for the 60th Annual Red Cross Gala at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach on February 4, 2017. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
WEST PALM BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 10: President Donald Trump and his wife Melania Trump walk down the stairs as they arrive with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie Abe on Air Force One at the Palm Beach International airport as they prepare to spend part of the weekend together at Mar-a-Lago resort on February 10, 2017 in West Palm Beach, Florida. The two are scheduled to get in a game of golf as well as discuss trade issues. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump pose for photos with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akke Abe at Trump's Mar-a-Lagoresort in Palm Beach, Florida, on February 11, 2017 prior to dinner. / AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump (L) and Akie Abe, wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, tour Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach, Florida, on February 11, 2017. / AFP / Gaston De Cardenas (Photo credit should read GASTON DE CARDENAS/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive for a rally on February 18, 2017 in Melbourne, Florida. / AFP / Nicholas Kamm (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump(2ndR) and First Lady Melania Trump(C) welcome Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, as they arrive at the White House in Washington, DC, February 15, 2017. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump listens as her husband, US President Donald Trump addresses a rally in Melbourne, Florida, on February 18, 2017 / AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump and their son, Barron, walk to Marine One prior to departing from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, on March 17, 2017, as they travel for the weekend to West Palm Beach, Florida. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 29: U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk into the East Room to attend an event celebrating Women's History Month, at the White House March 29, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 05: U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump welcome King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan outside the West Wing of the White House April 5, 2017 in Washington, DC. President Trump held talks on the Middle East peace process and other bilateral issues with King Abdullah II. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump awaits the arrival of Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan at the Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach, Florida, on April 6, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump walks off Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, April 16, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
People's Republic of China First Lady Peng Liyuan and US First Lady Melania Trump visit the Bak Middle School of the Arts at West Palm Beach on April 7. 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Michele Eve Sandberg (Photo credit should read MICHELE EVE SANDBERG/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 17: U.S. first lady Melania Trump prepares to read 'Party Animals' by Kathy Lee Gifford during the 139th Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House April 17, 2017 in Washington, DC. The White House said 21,000 people are expected to attend the annual tradition of rolling colored eggs down the White House lawn that was started by President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1878. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
First Lady Melania Trump waves as she depart the White House in Washington, DC, May 19, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
First Lady Melania Trump is seen outside of the room where US President and Bahrain's King were meeting at a hotel in Riyadh on May 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
First Lady Melania Trump smiles as she stands next to US President Donald Trump (UNSEEN) as he signs the guest book at the President's Residence in Jerusalem on May 22, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / GALI TIBBON (Photo credit should read GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump step off Air Force One upon arrival at Rome's Fiumicino Airport on May 23, 2017. Donald Trump arrived in Rome for a high-profile meeting with Pope Francis in what was his first official trip to Europe since becoming US President. / AFP PHOTO / Filippo MONTEFORTE (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - MAY 24: First Lady Melania Trump arrives to meet Pope Francis, on May 24, 2017 in Vatican City, Vatican. (Photo by Alessandra Benedetti - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
BRUSSELS , BELGIUM - MAY 24, 2017: President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump pictured during their meeting with Queen Mathilde and King Philippe of Belgium. (Picture by Didier Lebrun/Photonews via Getty Images)
BRUSSELS , BELGIUM - MAY 25, 2017: Queen Mathilde pictured with Melania Trump and Brigitte Macron during the official reception for the partners of the NATO chiefs at the Royal castle of Laeken. (PIcture by Bert Van Den Broucke/Photonews via Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump stands on stage at the Congressional picnic at the White House in Washington, DC, on June 22, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 26: First lady Melania Trump attends a joint statement between her huband U.S. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Rose Garden of the White House June 26, 2017 in Washington, DC. Trump and Modi met earlier today in the Oval Office to discuss a range of bilateral issues. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump with first lady Melania and their son Barron walk to the White House in Washington, U.S. following their arrival from Camp David June 18, 2017. REUTERS/Eric Thayer
U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Panama's President Juan Carlos Varela (L) as first lady Melania Trump (R) looks on in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. June 19, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. First Lady Melania Trump is greeted by Hamburg mayor Olaf Scholz as she arrives at the townhall during the G20 leaders summit in Hamburg, Germany July 8, 2017. REUTERS/Jens Buettner, Pool
U.S. First Lady Melania Trump talks with Martin Hirsch, Director of Paris' public assistance hospitals AP-HP as she visits the Necker Hospital for children in Paris, France, July 13, 2017. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer
French President Emmanuel Macron (R) and his wife Brigitte Macron (2ndR) walk with U.S. President Donald Trump and U.S. First Lady Melania Trump after the traditional Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris, France, July 14, 2017. REUTERS/Christophe Archambault/Pool
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive to board Air Force One for travel to Ohio from Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S. July 25, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump along with wife Melania and son Barron walk from Marine One to board Air Force One in Morristown, New Jersey, U.S., on his way back to Washington August 20, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump waves as he with First Lady Melania Trump and their son Barron walk on South Lawn of the White House upon their return to Washington, U.S., from Camp David, August 27, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk out from the White House in Washington before their departure to view storm damage in Texas, U.S., September 2, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
President Donald Trump waves to the press after he responds "We'll see", to a question about attacking North Korea, as he departs St. John's Episcopal Church with First Lady Melania Trump after they attended services for a national "Day of Prayer", for victims of the Hurricane Harvey flooding in Texas, in Washington, U.S., September 3, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Theiler
U.S. First Lady Melania Trump arrives to work in the White House kitchen garden with students from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, at the White House in Washington, U.S. September 22, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. First Lady Melania Trump meets with Britain's Prince Harry prior to attending the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada September 23, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump and U.S. first lady Melania Trump greet Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-Cha and his wife Naraporn Chan-o-Cha at the White House in Washington, U.S., October 2, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
U.S. first lady Melania Trump presents her inaugural gown to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington, U.S., October 20, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania board Air Force One as they depart for Seoul, at U.S. Air Force Yokota base in Fussa, on the outskirts of Tokyo, Japan, November 7, 2017. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
U.S. President Donald Trump and U.S. first lady Melania visit the Forbidden City in Beijing, China, November 8, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. first lady Melania Trump attends a welcoming ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, November 9, 2017. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
U.S. first lady Melania Trump attends the 70th National Thanksgiving turkey pardoning ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S., November 21, 2017. REUTERS/Jim Bourg
U.S. President Donald Trump waves as he walk with First Lady Melania Trump and their son Barron on the South Lawn of the White House upon their return to Washington, U.S., after a Thanksgiving vacation in Florida, November 26, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
U.S. First Lady Melania Trump greets school children as she tours the holiday decorations with reporters at the White House in Washington, U.S. November 27, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump participate in the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony near the White House in Washington, U.S. November 30, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
First lady Melania Trump attends U.S. President Donald Trump's State of the Union address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. January 30, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
First Lady of the United States Melania Trump meets children from Cincinnati Children's Hospital during her visit to the hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio, February 5, 2018. REUTERS/ John Sommers II
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump welcome Ireland's Prime Minister, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar for a St. Patrick's Day reception at the White House in Washington, March 15, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. first lady Melania Trump speaks during a listening session with students at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 9, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump depart the White House in Washington, U.S., August 24, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. first lady Melania Trump participates in a tree planting ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., August 27, 2018. REUTERS/Chris Wattie
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In a phone interview Monday, Colson said he was surprised to hear that Trump had worn one of his dresses in Kenya, and thought the friend who had told him was joking. Once confirmed, he was a little concerned to post an image of her on Instagram Friday night, since she is “a really controversial person largely in America with what’s going on politically…I was excited at the same time because it’s the first lady of America. It’s not like it’s nothing. It’s just the behavior of her husband.” After some in-house debate and deciding to post it, the online reaction was “a bit violent,” so he erased the post Sunday. “But I thought she looked more free in the dress and more happy. She’s a beautiful woman,” the Paris-based designer said.

Describing the dress choice as “perfect for the situation,” Colson said he “loved the picture that he had posted of her surrounded by all the people in different colors, including members of Kenyan tribes.” His site’s traffic jumped to nearly 900 Friday, compared to 377 Thursday, which is more the norm. His Instagram Discoveries increased from 1,900 to 2,700 in that same period. But comments like, “We thought you were a really cool brand. We’re never going to buy your dresses again” made him reconsider, and eventually take down the post.

With about 100 accounts worldwide including Barneys New York, he has had his own company since 2006. “For me, the Trumps are like the Old World in terms of their ideology. But she had some beautiful looks like the Celine dress [worn upon arrival in Ghana],” Colson said. ”I’m not sure that it will bring me customers. I don’t know.”

As for the Trump-prompted worldwide exposure, the designer said, “I can’t say that I was not a bit happy, too — my ego was, of course. It’s normal. It’s human. But, of course, I was more happy when it was Rihanna or Jennifer Lopez,” referring to two other celebrities who wore his designs this summer. RELATED: See the Trump's relationship in pictures

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Real estate tycoon Donald Trump and his friend Melania Knauss pose for photographers as they arrive at the New York premiere of Star Wars Episode I: "The Phantom Menace," May 16. JC/SV/AA
Real estate magnate Donald Trump (L) and his girlfriend Melania Knauss leave Hollinger International's annual meeting at the Metropolitan Club in New York on May 22, 2003. Hollinger publishes The Chicago Sun-Times, The Daily Telegraph of London, the Jerusalem Post and other newspapers. REUTERS/Peter Morgan PM/ME
Donald Trump and his girlfriend Melania Knauss arrive at the Vanity Fair Oscar party at Morton's restaurant in West Hollywood, California, February 29, 2004. REUTERS/Ethan Miller REUTERS EM/AS
From left, Billy Crystal, host of the 76th annual Academy Awards, his wife Janice Goldfinger, Melania Knauss and her boyfriend Donald Trump, pose together as they leave the Vanity Fair Oscar party at Morton's restaurant in West Hollywood, California, early March 1, 2004. REUTERS/Ethan Miller EM
Developer Donald Trump (R) and his girlfriend Melania Knauss pose for photographers after the final show of "The Apprentice" April 15, 2004 in New York. Bill Rancic, a 32-year-old Internet entrepreneur from Chicago, edged out Kwame Jackson, a 29-year-old New Yorker and Harvard MBA, for the Trump-described "dream job of a lifetime" and its $250,000 salary. REUTERS/Jeff Christensen JC
Donald Trump's new bride, Slovenian model Melania Knauss, waves as they leave the Bethesda-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church after their wedding in Palm Beach, Florida, January 22, 2005. REUTERS/Gary I Rothstein
Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs (R) accepts an award from the Rush Philanthropic Foundation for his efforts to support public education and dedication to youth and social activism, from Donald Trump and his wife Melania (L) at Trump's Trumps Mar-A-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida on March 11, 2005. REUTERS/Jason Arnold MS
Donald Trump and his wife Melania Kanauss watch the Miami Heat play the New York Knicks in the first quarter of their NBA game in New York's Madison Square Garden, March 15, 2005. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine RFS
Donald Trump (L) and his wife Melania arrive at the Museum of Modern Art for a reception in honor of Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, in New York November 1, 2005. The Royals are on the first day of an eight-day visit to the U.S. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn
Donald Trump arrives with wife Melania at a reception in honor of Britain's Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, November 1, 2005. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Donald Trump (L) and his wife Melania (R) arrive at the Museum of Modern Art for a reception in honor of Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, in New York, November 1, 2005. The royals are on the first day of an eight-day visit to the U.S. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn
Real estate tycoon Donald Trump and his wife Melania attend a Miami Heat against the Los Angeles Lakers NBA game on Christmas Day in Miami, Florida, December 25, 2005. REUTERS/Marc Serota
Donald Trump stands next to his wife Melania and their son Barron before he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles January 16, 2007. REUTERS/Chris Pizzello (UNITED STATES)
Real estate magnate and television personality Donald Trump and his wife Melania stand on the red carpet at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit celebrating the opening of the exhibition "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" in New York May 2, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT FASHION BUSINESS)
Businessman and real estate developer Donald Trump and his wife Melania watch Rafael Nadal of Spain play against Tommy Robredo during their men's quarter-final match at the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York September 4, 2013. REUTERS/Adam Hunger (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT TENNIS ENTERTAINMENT REAL ESTATE BUSINESS)
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (2nd from L) watches with his wife Melania as Serena Williams of the U.S. plays against her sister and compatriot Venus Williams in their quarterfinals match at the U.S. Open Championships tennis tournament in New York, September 8, 2015. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump kisses his wife Melania as he speaks at a campaign rally on caucus day in Waterloo, Iowa February 1, 2016. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks as his wife Melania listens at a campaign rally on caucus day in Waterloo, Iowa February 1, 2016. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump reacts to an answer his wife Melania gives during an interview on NBC's 'Today' show in New York, U.S. April 21, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Melania Trump gestures at her husband Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump as they leave the stage, after she concluded her remarks at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 18, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Melania Trump appears on stage after U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 21, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump greets his wife Melania onstage after the conclusion of his first debate with Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, U.S., September 26, 2016. REUTERS/Joe Raedle/Pool
(L-R) Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump, Melania Trump, Tiffany Trump and Ivanka Trump attend an official ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Trump International Hotel in Washington U.S., October 26, 2016. REUTERS/Gary Cameron TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump cuts the ribbon at his new Trump International hotel in Washington, DC, U.S., October 26 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump kisses his wife Melania Trump at a campaign rally in Wilmington, North Carolina Florida, U.S. November 5, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Republican U.S. President-elect Donald Trump kisses his wife Melania at his election night rally in Manhattan, New York, U.S., November 9, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and his wife Melania take part in a Make America Great Again welcome concert in Washington, U.S. January 19, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and his wife Melania take part in a Make America Great Again welcome concert in Washington, U.S. January 19, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump attend the Liberty Ball in honor of his inauguration in Washington, U.S. January 20, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump attend the 60th Annual Red Cross Gala at Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., February 4, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump greet a marching band as they arrive at Trump International Golf club to watch the Super Bowl LI between New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons in West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., February 5, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
U.S. President Donald Trump hugs his wife Melania during a "Make America Great Again" rally at Orlando Melbourne International Airport in Melbourne, Florida, U.S. February 18, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump holds up H.R. 321 as his daughter Ivanka Trump (C) and U.S. first lady Melania Trump (2nd R) watch after it was signed in the Oval Office of the White House, in Washington, DC, U.S. February 28, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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