A lot of speculations have been made about the relationship between the First Lady of the United States and her stepdaughter, Ivanka. Some said that the two glamorous women in the president’s life are cordial but not close, while Melania Trump herself has said that they are close. Now, a body language expert is reading into their relationship to reveal that there are positive feelings between the two.
The President of the United States (POTUS) had married Melania in 2005 at his Mar-a-lago estate. Since then, the FLOTUS became the stepmom to the four children he had from previous marriages.
Donald and Melania Trump have been married for 15 years and dated for seven years before tying the knot, so Ivanka has known her stepmom for more than two decades. This would have been ample time to develop a close bond. The kind of bond they share can also be visible through their body language.
Both, Melania and Ivanka, have many similarities. The First Lady is only 11 years older than her stepdaughter, 38-year-old Ivanka. The FLOTUS is a former model just like Ivanka and the latter actually looks up to her, as was revealed by the observations of a body language expert. They work closely with each other and see a lot of each other as well, Melania as the first lady and Ivanka as a senior political advisor. Both of them also jointly support the president’s campaigns and travel with him, as per Express UK.
Body language expert Judi James told Express UK, “Melania’s body language is more red carpet than White House, suggesting she saw herself more as a beautiful attachment. Ivanka’s body language is all about red carpet glamour, with the hand on the hip and the one knee bent in pose suggesting movie-star credentials. There’s clearly an attempt to suggest something of a challenge in this pose too, or a look of some inner steel.”
“POTUS’s daughter appears to be mirroring or mimicking her step-mother Melania’s signature beauty queen pose here, which could have implied some subliminal admiration for her.”
The oldest daughter of the US president also uses glamorous poses similar to her step-mom showing that they actually have a good relationship unlike what rumors say. According to CNN, the months of overlapping trips, events, and interactions with the President have created a shaky alliance, as reported in Free, Melania: The Unauthorized Biography. However, a spokeswoman for Melania Trump, Stephanie Grisham, told CNN that the two women “always shared a close relationship and still do today.”
A source familiar with both of them has said that even though the two glamorous women have had a warm relationship in the past, the White House years haven’t been kind on their relationship with more and more friction growing between them.
For instance, both of them have released highly produced mini-videos of their events for the public and the similarities have caused issues between them. Also, when Melania travels with the president during trips Ivanka’s importance diminishes but if the former is unable to travel the latter steps up. They have something of a rivalry between each other now.
Previously, another body language expert, Patti Wood, who is the author of Snap: Making the Most of First Impressions, Body Language, and Charisma, told Refinery29 that Ivanka’s body language reveals a lot about her personality. She observed that Ivanka stands in one pose often, making a T with her two feet. “It’s a pose that you’re taught when you go to any training to be a model,” Wood said. “Also at cotillion,” when debutantes are presented to the world. “It’s meant to make you look more flattering, more slender.”
However, Ivanka does this pose with a difference. “Her forward foot and leg are generally slightly further out toward the camera than usual, and her feet are further apart than normal,” Wood said. “That is her attempt to look stronger and more forceful, more competent.”