Melania gets a wooden look

Central Station | 8 Jul 2019

A likeness of Melania Trump has been carved in wood in her native Slovenia. A life-size sculpture of the US first lady has been unveiled in her hometown of Sevnica, drawing mixed reactions from the locals.

The figure was cut from the trunk of a linden tree, showing her in a pale blue dress like the one she wore at Donald Trump's presidential inauguration. Her face is depicted in a naive local style.

It is the work of American artist Brad Downey, who is also showing photos in an exhibition in the Slovenian capital, Ljubljana.

The first lady, born Melanija Knaus, changed her name to Melania Knauss when she started modeling. She settled in New York in 1996 and met Trump two years later.

She has triggered mixed reactions in Slovenia, ranging from adoration, to criticism that she has not done enough to promote her small state.


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