Model, first lady: Melania Trump conspicuously absent from magazine covers

From British GQ to US Vogue, Melania Trump appeared on many magazine covers as a professional model. But since she became first lady, few editors have dared to put her on the front page.

Her absence is notable, particularly as the wife of a president who rarely spends a day out of the media spotlight. While cable news outlets have dedicated near wall-to-wall attention to the president and his administration, it's a different story in the magazine world.

There's a clear reluctance among editors to put themselves in the cross-hairs of the culture wars. Mostly New York-based editors may fear having to face unhappy readers or advertisers if they go with a choice so closely tied to President Trump.

And there's also some sense that editors could be taking a political stand.

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US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump speak while visiting first responders at Broward Health North hospital in Pompano Beach, Florida, on February 16, 2018. US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visited a Florida hospital to offer their respects to the victims of a mass shooting that claimed 17 lives at a nearby high school. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump speaks with doctor Igor Nichiporenko (L) and First Lady Melania Trump while visiting first responders at Broward Health North hospital Pompano Beach, Florida, on February 16, 2018. US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visited a Florida hospital to offer their respects to the victims of a mass shooting that claimed 17 lives at a nearby high school. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump visit with Dr. Igor Nichiporenko, trauma surgeon at Broward Health North Hospital in the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Pompano Beach, Florida, U.S., February 16, 2018. REUTERS/Eric Thayer
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump visit with Dr. Igor Nichiporenko, trauma surgeon at Broward Health North Hospital in the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Pompano Beach, Florida, U.S., February 16, 2018. REUTERS/Eric Thayer
US President Donald Trump speaks with doctor Igor Nichiphorenko (L) and First Lady Melania Trump while visiting first responders at Broward Health North hospital Pompano Beach, Florida, on February 16, 2018. US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visited a Florida hospital to offer their respects to the victims of a mass shooting that claimed 17 lives at a nearby high school. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump speaks with doctor Igor Nichiporenko (L) and First Lady Melania Trump while visiting first responders at Broward Health North hospital Pompano Beach, Florida, on February 16, 2018. US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visited a Florida hospital to offer their respects to the victims of a mass shooting that claimed 17 lives at a nearby high school. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump shakes hands with doctor Igor Nichiporenko (L) beside First Lady Melania Trump while visiting first responders at Broward Health North hospital Pompano Beach, Florida, on February 16, 2018. US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visited a Florida hospital to offer their respects to the victims of a mass shooting that claimed 17 lives at a nearby high school. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump visit with medical staff of Broward Health North Hospital in the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Pompano Beach, Florida, U.S., February 16, 2018. REUTERS/Eric Thayer
US President Donald Trump speaks with doctor Igor Nichiporenko (L) and First Lady Melania Trump while visiting first responders at Broward Health North hospital Pompano Beach, Florida, on February 16, 2018. US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visited a Florida hospital to offer their respects to the victims of a mass shooting that claimed 17 lives at a nearby high school. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump visit with Dr. Igor Nichiporenko, trauma surgeon at Broward Health North Hospital in the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Pompano Beach, Florida, U.S., February 16, 2018. REUTERS/Eric Thayer
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"Some magazine editors may be putting politics ahead of money and vice versa," said Samir Husni, director of the Magazine Innovation Center of the University of Mississippi.

First ladies are usually a popular choice for magazine editors. Michelle Obama appeared on a Vogue cover three times while first lady, Laura Bush, appeared on the cover of Ladies Home Journal and People among other titles.

Melania Trump's absence from high-profile magazine covers has mirrored her broader lack of public appearances or comments, a silence that has taken on major importance after numerous claims of infidelity by President Donald Trump. The New Yorker recently detailed claims that Karen McDougal, a former Playboy model, had an affair with the President. The White House has denied all the claims.

One major magazine editor, who asked not to be named, said that it's hard to keep anyone happy when covering the Trumps. The editor said all politicians are divisive for readers, but the Trumps are especially so.

"For some people, it's a moral issue," said the editor, explaining that some readers view the President's comments and actions as evidence of racism. "There is no way to do the Trumps without infuriating either the base or the resistance. It is a no-win."

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ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - JUNE 11: Melania and Donald J. Trump attend a special, 'Donald J. Trump Birthday Quarter Million Dollar Giiveaway' celebration June 11, 2005 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images)
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ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - JUNE 11: Melania Trump attends a special, 'Donald J. Trump Birthday Quarter Million Dollar Giiveaway' celebration June 11, 2005 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images)
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Melania Trump during 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Arrivals at The Shrine in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
Melania Trump during 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Arrivals at The Shrine in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
Melania Trump during 'The Apprentice 4' Finale After Party - Red Carpet at Planet Hollywood in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Carley Margolis/FilmMagic)
Melania Trump during 'The Apprentice 4' Finale After Party - Red Carpet at Planet Hollywood in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Carley Margolis/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - APRIL 26: A closeup view is seen of the engagement ring that Donald Trump gave to girlfriend Melania Knauss at the 'Dangerous Liaisons: Fashion and Furniture in the 18th Century' Costume Institute benefit gala on April 26, 2004 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 09: Melania Trump (jewelry detail) attends 'Celebrity Apprentice All-Star Event With Donald and Melania Trump' at Trump Tower on April 9, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/FilmMagic)
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 20: A general view of Melania Trump's ring and watch during visit to 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)
US First Lady Melania Trump's ring is viewed during the Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House April 17, 2017 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 09: A close-up view is shown of Melania Trump's ring at the annual presentation of the Mac Award to Melania Trump during Olympus Fashion Week at Bryant Park February 9, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 13: Melania Trump (jewelry detail) attends the Philadelphia Style Magazine holiday issue release party at 10 Arts Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton on December 13, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MARCH 09: Melania Trump attends the 19th annual Bunny Hop hosted by the Associates Committee of The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center at FAO Schwarz on March 9, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 08: Melania Trump looks on as Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia plays against Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark during her women's single quarterfinal match during day ten of the 2010 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 8, 2010 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Detail of Melania Trump's wedding ring during her husband Donald Trump hearing before the Federal Financial Management, Government Information, and International Security Subcommittee Capitol Hill in Washington DC. (Photo by Ken Cedeno/Corbis via Getty Images)
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People magazine experienced first-hand the negative attention that comes with giving President Trump the cover treatment. It first featured him on the cover early in 2016 and then again just after Trump's election win. A host of readers were incensed that the magazine would feature the president on its cover, especially given that one of its writers, Natasha Stoynoff, accused the president of trying to kiss her when she was on a reporting trip.

The magazine said that it stood by Stoynoff's account, even while it put the president on the cover.

It's not just readers who put pressure on editors. Vogue's editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour, was the subject of a negative tweet by President Trump.

Trump attacked Wintour via Twitter after Vanity Fair, a Condé Nast sister title of Vogue, apologized for making fun of Hillary Clinton in a video. He suggested Wintour had asked to become ambassador to London, which a spokeswoman for Vogue denied.

When asked if Vogue has made a request for Melania Trump to be on its cover, Zara Rahim, Vogue spokeswoman, pointed to an interview conducted by the Wall Street Journal in February 2017 and declined to comment further.

Wintour has known the Trumps for some time but made no secret of campaigning for rival candidate Hillary Clinton. Wintour told the Journal: "Obviously, we felt it was a moment in history for women. At times like that you need to take a leadership position...To me, it was in support of women."

On the subject of Melania Trump, Wintour told the Journal: "We have a tradition of always covering whoever is the first lady at Vogue, and I can't imagine that this time would be any different." A slide show of first ladies who have appeared in Vogue does not include Melania Trump.

While Melania Trump's fashion choices are catalogued at length at Vogue.com, the print magazine has not interviewed her since she became first lady. Melania Trump did appear on Vogue's cover in 2005 in a Christian Dior wedding dress — for her marriage to Donald Trump.

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Donald and Melania Trump attend his inauguration ceremonies to be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on the West front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2017. It was also during this portion of the event that a video of Melania Trump looking "petrified" at the ceremony made rounds on social media and prompted the infamous hashtag #FreeMelania. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Former U.S. President Barack Obama smiles at his wife Michelle Obama as they depart following the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump, with first lady Melania Trump, at the Capitol in Washington, U.S. January 20, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
US President Donald Trump and the first lady Melania Trump gesture after dancing at the Liberty Ball at the Washington DC Convention Center following Donald Trump's inauguration as the 45th President of the United States, in Washington, DC, on January 20, 2017. / AFP / MOLLY RILEY (Photo credit should read MOLLY RILEY/AFP/Getty Images)

PALM BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 03: U.S. President Donald Trump walks with his wife Melania Trump on the tarmac after he arrived on Air Force One at the Palm Beach International Airport for a visit to his Mar-a-Lago Resort for the weekend on February 3, 2017 in Palm Beach, Florida.

In this photo, the woman on the right, who looks strikingly similar to Melania Trump, later fueled the wild conspiracy theory that the first lady has a body double. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

US First Lady Melania Trump (R) 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 / ALTERNATIVE CROP (Photo credit should read GASTON DE CARDENAS/AFP/Getty Images)
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

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.

Trump's choice to go with the black Michael Kors ensemble sparked backlash from many online who deemed her choice of sequins was "inappropriate." (Getty/ AFP / MANDEL NGAN)

U.S. first lady Melania Trump welcomes guests for an International Women's Day luncheon in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, U.S. March 8, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 29: U.S. first lady Melania Trump presents the 2017 Secretary of State's International Women of Courage Award to Sandya Eknelgoda of Sri Lanka March 29, 2017 in Washington, DC. The award honors women who have demonstrated exceptional courage, strength, and leadership in acting to improve the lives of others. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington, U.S., after Easter weekend in Palm Beach, Florida, April 16, 2017.

The photo of the two disembarking Air Force One reignited debate over Trump's alleged disregard for the first lady after she was seen descending far behind him. (REUTERS/Yuri Gripas)

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 2017: In this handout image provided by the White House, First Lady Melania Trump poses for her official portrait in her residence at the White House April 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by The White House via Getty Images)

U.S. President Donald Trump, U.S. first lady Melania Trump and the their son Barron stand during the National Anthem at the 139th annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 17, 2017.

Video later emerged from the moment seen photographed in which Melania Trump is shown subtly nudging her husband, appearing, to some, to remind him of the tradition. (REUTERS/Joshua Roberts)

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 28: U.S. first lady Melania Trump hugs 7-year-old Noah Haas after he presented her with a gift at the Children's National Health System April 28, 2017 in Washington, DC. Trump spoke a the opening of the Bunny Mellon Healing Garden for patients and famlies, an outdoor location for to safely spend time outdoors while receiving treatment at the hospital. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Israel's President Reuven Rivlin, U.S. President Donald Trump, US First Lady Melania Trump and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L-R) stand still during the national anthems ceremony upon US President Trump's arrival at Ben Gurion Airport in Lod near Tel Aviv, Israel May 22, 2017.

Footage also emerged of the first couple on the tarmac that appeared to show the first lady slapping away at President Trump's hand as he seemed to reach for hers -- and to say it went viral is an understatement. (Photo by Corinna Kern/NurPhoto via 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.

Footage immediately went viral from this moment as well. It appeared to show Trump reaching for his wife's hand as they departed the plane when the first lady seemed to pull her hand away as she abruptly fixes her hair, after which Trump rests his hand on her rear end instead. (Getty/ AFP PHOTO / Filippo MONTEFORTE)

Pope Francis walks past Ivanka Trump (L) and First Lady Melania Trump during a private audience at the Vatican, May 24, 2017. REUTERS/Alessandra Tarantino/pool
First Lady Melania Trump holds a baby as U.S. President Donald Trump (not pictured) greets members of the congress and their families as they attend a congressional picnic event at the White House in Washington, U.S., June 22, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
(Front row LtoR) First Lady of Turkey Emine Gulbaran Erdogan, First Lady of the US Melania Trump, Queen Mathilde of Belgium, (back row, LtoR) First Gentleman of Luxembourg Gauthier Destenay, partner of Slovenia's Prime Minister Mojca Stropnik and First Lady of Iceland Thora Margret Baldvinsdottir pose for a family photo before a diner of the First Ladies and Queen at the Royal castle in Laken/Laeken, on May 25, 2017, in Brussels. / AFP PHOTO / BELGA / YORICK JANSENS / Belgium OUT (Photo credit should read YORICK JANSENS/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 4: U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump observe the playing of the national anthem from the Truman Balcony on July 4, 2017 in Washington, DC. The president was hosting a picnic for military families for the July 4 holiday. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump board Air Force One for travel to Texas to visit the areas devastated by Tropical Storm Harvey, the first major natural disaster of his White House tenure, from Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S., August 29, 2017.

Photos from the trip went viral after the first lady was slammed on social media for wearing stiletto heels before boarding flights to hurricane-ravaged areas. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria)

U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive at Austin international airport in Austin, Texas, U.S., August 29, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

US First Lady Melania Trump addresses other spouses of world leaders at a United Nations luncheon on September 20, 2017, in the United States Mission in New York. The First Lady addressed the issue of vulnerable children around the world.

The first lady was also slammed for this particular outfit, which sold for $2,950 and some critics likened to a "bright pink hot air balloon." 

(Getty/ AFP PHOTO / DON EMMERT)

WASHINGTON, DC - In the White House Kitchen Garden, First Lady Melania Trump plants and harvests vegetables with children from the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington on the White House grounds in Washington DC Friday September 22, 2017. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 23: Prince Harry poses with U.S. first lady Melania Trump for the first time as she leads the USA team delegation ahead of the Invictus Games 2017 on September 23, 2017 in Toronto, Canada (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for the Invictus Games Foundation )
U.S. First Lady Melania Trump (L) speaks next to Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway during a discussion with experts and people affected by the opioid crisis at the White House in Washington, U.S., September 28, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump look on before departing from Luis Mu�z Air National Guard Base in Carolina, Puerto Rico on October 3, 2017. Nearly two weeks after Hurricane Maria thrashed through the US territory, much of the islands remains short of food and without access to power or drinking water. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump welcome Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mrs. Gr�oire Trudeau (R) at the White House in Washington, U.S., October 11 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 30: U.S. President Donald Trump (L) and first lady Melania Trump host Halloween at the White House on the South Lawn October 30, 2017 in Washington, DC. The first couple gave cookies away to costumed trick-or-treaters one day before the Halloween holiday. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump look down into the water at the World War II wreckage of the USS Arizona, sunk during the attack on Pearl Harbor, at the Arizona Memorial in Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S. November 3, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
TOKYO, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 06 : First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump (L) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's wife Akie Abe (R) hold calligraphies during a calligraphy class of 4th graders at the Kyobashi Tsukiji Elementary School in Tokyo on November 6, 2017. Melania and Akie wrote in Chinese characters that together mean 'Peace'. (Photo by Toshifumi Kitamura / Pool/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump (2nd L) offers stuffed toy eagles, from the US, to children at the Beijing Zoo in Beijing on November 10, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NICOLAS ASFOURI (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
First Lady Melania Trump and her son Barron Trump welcome the official White House Christmas Tree, a Wisconsin-grown tree provided by the Chapman family of Silent Night Evergreens, to the White House in Washington DC, U.S. November 20, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
President Donald Trump waves, with Carl Wittenburg (L), President of the Protein Alliance, First lady Melania Trump and son Barron Trump by his side, after the pardoning of Drumstick at the National Thanksgiving Turkey pardoning ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC on on November 21, 2017. (Photo by Cheriss May) (Photo by Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
U.S. First Lady Melania Trump high-fives a schoolchild making Christmas crafts, as she tours the holiday decorations with reporters at the White House in Washington, U.S. November 27, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 30: President Donald Trump and the first lady Melania Trump attend the 95th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting held by the National Park Service at the White House Ellipse in Washington, D.C., November 30, 2017. The Beach Boys, Wynonna, The Texas Tenors, Craig Campbell were among the artists who provided the entertainment. (Photo by Astrid Riecken/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 07: First lady Melania Trump sits between Damian Contreras (L) and a person dressed as Santa Claus as she reads the Christmas book, The Polar Express at Children's National Medical Center, on December 7, 2017 in Washington, DC. First ladies dating back to Jacqueline Kennedy have made the annual visit to the Washington area hospital during the holiday season. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
First Lady Melania Trump sits with 3-year-old Mehreem Donahue in her lap, as she makes Christmas cards with military kids, at the Marine Corps' annual Toys for Tots event, at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, December 13th, 2017. (Photo by Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
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It's not that Melania Trump is unpopular. A Gallup poll in December noted that she had a 54 percent favorable rating, up 17 points since January 2017. The supermarket tabloids have not ignored the first lady in the same way general entertainment editors have.

James Heidenry is editorial director of Bauer Publishing Entertainment Group, and oversees In Touch. He was most recently editor-in-chief of American Media's US Weekly. He said there was initial interest in Melania Trump when she became first lady, but single-copy sales for issues featuring her on the cover had declined by the end of last year.

Editors can't write about what they don't know. Ms. Trump has avoided requests for interviews, as questions would likely pertain to her marriage. That has led editors to shy away from Melania because so little is known about her. The first lady's inner circle is small, and associates say very little.

The magazine editor said there simply isn't anything to say about Melania Trump.

"Is she leaving him? Is she pregnant, starting a new job, any of that stuff?" the editor said. "She's very locked down so we don't really try. It's difficult to get real information on her."

Journalists close to the White House have reported a similar distance between Melania Trump and the public eye.

While Melania Trump has made speeches about cyber bullying and has tweeted about celebrating kindness, black history month and the Florida school victims of gun violence, her relative silence has made her all the more enigmatic.

Stellene Volandes, editor-in-chief at Town and Country, a society magazine, said that Melania Trump has recently become a much more sympathetic character.

"Her silence only makes her more intriguing of course, especially when she couples it with what seem like secret messages like the white pantsuit she wore to the State of the Union," she said.

Volandes believes there's been a sea-change of opinion since the Stormy Daniels, claims and thinks women have started discussing Melania Trump with "a mix of both fascination but also compassion." Whether that change in sentiment will result in more general interest magazines opting to make her a cover lady remains to be seen.

"Suddenly, 'what is Melania thinking?' And 'what will Melania do,' became the center of the conversation again. When she does decide to speak it's clear everyone will be listening," Volandes said.

The first lady's press secretary, Stephanie Grisham, did not return several emails for comment. She provided this comment to Vogue.com when asked about the first lady's future role: "The First Lady looks forward to announcing her formal platform in the coming months… For now it's safe to say that her focus is the overall well-being of children."

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