Yesterday we had our first glimpse of Melania Trump in the White House she will soon call “home.”
An international fashion model who speaks five languages, Melania Trump has the cosmopolitan background, elegance, and beauty to instantly make her America’s most glamorous first lady since Jackie Kennedy.
Sure, Michelle Obama is a fashion trendsetter these days, but in the early days she was a bit hit-or-miss. Melania’s style is impeccable and she will hit the ground running, free of the fashion blunders and ridicule that Michelle Obama encountered on her first few official trips abroad, or that Hillary Clinton still engenders with her wide variety of pantsuits.
Born in Slovenia, Melania Trump will be the first immigrant first lady since 1825. During the Republican primary, surrogates for Ted Cruz tried to raise fears about her with comments about the “first foreign-born first lady.”
I was outraged and offended by this line of attack. My mother is a foreign-born immigrant and you would be hard-pressed to find a more patriotic, freedom-loving American than my mom. I love my mom’s Spanish accent and with Melania, we’ll have four years of her exotic Eastern European inflection.
Remember when she told Anderson Cooper in that “Bond girl” spy accent that Donald was “egged on” by Billy Bush “to say dirty and bad stuff”? Priceless.
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But the primary and admittedly superficial reason I love that Melania Trump will be our next first lady is that she will give Republicans an image makeover we haven’t had since Nancy Reagan brought old Hollywood glamour to Pennsylvania Avenue.
Melania Trump will be our new Nancy — from her hot-off-the-runway clothes (who didn’t love the fuchsia, pussy-bow debate night pantsuit?), to the way she seems to glide, rather than walk, in her Christian Louboutin shoes (doesn’t everybody vote in nude Louboutin shoes?).
From her hair to her handbags and matching overcoats, her look is sexy but always ladylike. As a Republican woman, I know she will make us proud. As a Republican political spouse, however, she has upped the glamour factor to depressingly unattainable heights.
That’s a lot of pressure when we congressional spouses go to the White House Christmas Party, or our annual First Ladies’ Luncheon. But as they say — shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll end up in the stars.
Rachel Campos-Duffy is an author and Fox News contributor. She is a mother of eight and the wife of Congressman Sean Duffy (R-WI 7).