Melania Trump wants to cash in on her First Lady status with fashion and cosmetics collections, but should we really be surprised?

The Telegraph
Bethan Holt

Mrs Trump is suing the corporation that publishes the Daily Mail’s website in New York for $150 million for reporting rumours that she worked as an escort. The story has since been retracted, but on Monday the first lady’s lawyers argued that it had prevented her from expanding her business.

The lawsuit states that “as an extremely famous and well-known person, as well as a former professional model, brand spokesperson and successful businesswoman” Melania could “have garnered multi-million dollar business relationships for a multi-year term during which [she would be] one of the most photographed women in the world.” Apparel, accessories, jewellery, cosmetics, hair care and fragrance are all listed as possible areas which Melania Trump The Brand could extend into.

Perhaps unsurprisingly the news that Mrs Trump was intending to sell shoes, perfume, jewellery and cosmetics while First Lady has sparked criticism. After all, it’s not quite the heartwarming declaration to dedicate herself to charity work and needy causes we have seen from previous incumbents embarking on their time in the White House.

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