Since Peng Liyuan wowed the world with her elegant style during her maiden trip to Moscow as China’s first lady in 2013, her stylish dress sense has been hailed by the world’s media, which constantly compared her with her US counterpart, Michelle Obama, who has been feted as a fashion icon.
In the future, Peng is likely to find herself standing beside a US first lady with a very different style.
When she enters the White House on Friday, Melania Trump will be the first first lady who is the third wife of a US President – and also the first who has posed for a naked photo shoot, and the first who is not a native-English speaker.
Alongside her husband, a real-estate tycoon-turned-reality-show-celebrity, and now politician, the Slovenian-born former model has clearly enjoyed her high-flying lifestyle.
She has frequently been seen jetting across the US between Trump’s 5th Avenue penthouse in New York and his luxury estate in Palm Beach.
Yet she has also had to endure numerous controversies along the way because of her husband – some sparked by his outspoken personality and sexual assault allegations made about him over the years.
In terms of fashion, the future US first lady has been seen to favour slim-fitting dresses, but her choices of outfits became more sober and straightforward as her husband’s presidential election campaign progressed last year.
Guo Chao, a fashion director at L’Officiel, the French fashion magazine, said that Trump’s taste in clothes could sometimes be unpredictable.
“Compared with Mrs Obama, Mrs Trump is still exploring her style as the first lady. However, her interest in fashion is obvious. What we could expect from her in the future will not necessarily be perfect, but will be wonderful.”
What Melania Trump will wear at Friday’s inauguration ceremony is already a hot topic for the world’s media. She also has a lot to live up to.