Though the official White House photographer is Shealah Craighead, the photographer, Regine Mahaux, snapped this image of the 46-year-old FLOTUS. Mahaux is “well-known for her celebrity portraiture and has taken several pictures of Trump in the past, including high-glamour editorial images.”
As for Craighead, she preceded her time with the Trump administration as the official photographer for first lady Laura Bush, and also served as campaign photographer for Sarah Palin in 2008.
FLOTUS’ official photograph comes well after the January release of President Donald Trump’s official photograph.
The image of Melania Trump was released with a description of the former professional model that indicated she’s worked with photography greats such as Patrick Demarchelier, Helmut Newton, Arthur Elgort, Ellen Von Unwerth, Peter Arnell, Antoine Verglas and Mario Testino.
“She has graced the covers of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, British GQ, Ocean Drive, Avenue, In Style, and New York Magazine. Her major layouts include the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, Allure, Vogue, Self, Glamour, Vanity Fair, and Elle,” the description says.
FLOTUS and the Trumps’ 10-year-old son, Barron, reside in New York at present and plan to move to the White House when Barron finishes the school year.
“I am honored to serve in the role of first lady, and look forward to working on behalf of the American people over the coming years,” said Melania Trump in a statement for the photograph.
And, just for nostalgia’s sake, let’s take a look at our last few first lady portraits:
Michelle Obama, 2013:
Laura Bush, 2005:
Hillary Clinton, 1997:
We’ve reached out to the White House for more information about the photograph and will update this post accordingly.