MELANIA TRUMP is the wife of Donald Trump and step-mother of Ivanka Trump. Are the two – who are regularly seen together – friends? A body language expert gives their verdict.
Melania Trump, 50, became the step-mother of four when she married US President Donald Trump, 73. She is the step-mother of Ivanka Trump, 38, and a body language expert has given a glimpse into their relationship. Are they friends?
Melania married Donald Trump in 2005 with a reception held at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.
Since tying the knot, they have had one child together, Barron Trump, now 14.
The former model is also the step-mother of Donald’s children from previous relationships.
Of all her step-children, the former model is most often seen with Ivanka Trump.
This is because Melania is the US First Lady and Ivanka is a senior political advisor to the President.
Ivanka’s confidence in her role is growing and Melania may have been an important part of that, body language expert Bruce Durham, of Believingbruce, said.
Ivanka could look to her stepmother for guidance and as a comfort blanket, the expert explained.
He said: “Overall, Ivanka seems to be gradually gaining her own confidence in herself and in the new role she finds herself in.
“However, there is enough evidence to suggest that Melania is actually key to this growth.
“I see typical parent – child behavioural patterns. Ivanka is most definitely on her own journey, but as much as she may want to be ‘the boss’ as is typical on our journey to adulthood.
“She ‘checks in’ quite frequently with Melania. She uses Melania as her comfort blanket when she is feeling a little outside of her comfort zone.”
Melania is only 11 years older than Ivanka but they could still have a mother-daughter relationship.
Both ladies will regularly appear in the public eye and Melania looks confident in her role, the expert said.
Bruce continued: “It is observable that Melania has presented the same emotional baseline, body language gestures and posturing for a number of years, and these are present in any situation regardless of the audience.
“She can hold eye contact, there is very little evidence of what is known as ‘self-soothing’.
“She looks straight ahead, all of her limbs look relaxed, her hands are rarely gripped and she forms no protection over her thoracic area thus she feels no threat as she does not ‘shield’ herself.”
While the mother-of-one looks confident, Ivanka has looked more nervous in appearances.
In the past, she may have even turned to the First Lady for guidance and reassurances.
The expert said: “Ivanka displays signs of uncertainty and is looking for either guidance or reassurance.”
Melania Trump: Five facts about the USA’s First Lady
Mum-of-one Melania can speak more languages than any other First Lady before her: English, French, German, Italian, Serbian and of course her mother tongue, Slovenian.
This also makes her the only First Lady whose first language is not English.
After Jacqueline Kennedy, Melania is the second First Lady who is a practising Catholic.
She met Pope Francis as part of a foreign tour with her husband and stepdaughter Ivanka.
Melania was a successful model, posing for Sports Illustrated, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and GQ.
Her skills aren’t confined to print, and she appeared in a commercial for Aflac, an American insurance company, in 2005.
Melania’s parents are Amalija Knavs and Viktor Knavs, and the couple live together in Washington.
She has one sister, Ines, who is reported to live in New York and work as an artist.
On May 7 2018, Melania launched her flagship campaign as First Lady, BE BEST, which The White House describes as “an awareness campaign focused entirely around the well-being of children”.
There are three main strands to the initiative: well-being, social media, and opioid abuse.