Melania Trump debuts first official White House portrait

The official portrait of First Lady Melania Trump.
The official portrait of First Lady Melania Trump.PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON - First Lady Melania Trump on Monday (April 3) debuted her first official photograph on the portion of the White House website devoted to her office.

Her new press secretary, Stephanie Grisham, also tweeted the news, along with a link and later the official FLOTUS Twitter account sent out the photo, CNN reported.

According to CNN, the photograph was taken in the West Sitting Hall of the White House private residence, The photographer, Regine Mahaux, is well-known for her celebrity portraiture and has taken several pictures of Mrs Trump in the past, including high-glamour editorial images.

For her official first lady look, Mrs Trump, 46, chose a black tuxedo-style jacket, with a sequined neckerchief. Her engagement ring, reportedly 25-carats, is also on full display.  

Her predecessor, Michelle Obama, opted to have her first official portrait taken in the White House Blue Room by Joyce N. Boghosian, CNN said.

Former First Lady Michelle Obama in her first official portrait. PHOTO: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

In 2013, a second official portrait, by Chuck Kennedy, was released, this time with Mrs. Obama, sporting bangs, in the Green Room.

Former First Lady Michelle Obama in her second official portrait. PHOTO: WHITEHOUSE.GOV

Former first lady and ex-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton also wore black in her official portrait which was unveiled in 2004.