Actor James Woods cut right to the core with a post on Twitter about First Lady Melania Trump.
“Since no American magazine will put her on a cover, we’ll just have to celebrate her ourselves. @FLOTUS,” Woods wrote Tuesday.
The tweet drew the attention of Pat Sajak, the host of “The Wheel of Fortune” game show.
“If she were married to someone the media approved of, it would be all Melania all the time. Every move would be breathlessly recorded and every outfit would be featured in multiple publications. Her intelligence and beauty would be highlighted 24/7,” Sajak wrote in reply to Woods.
Woods has raised the issue before. In an April article headlined, “WHY HASN’T MELANIA TRUMP GRACED ANY MAGAZINE COVERS SINCE BECOMING FIRST LADY?” Newsweek noted that she is a world-class model so would be a perfect fit.
It’s a question actor James Woods raised on Twitter on Saturday, which has since sparked a huge debate. “If the Trumps were Democrats, Melania would be on every cover of every chic women’s magazine in the world every month,” he wrote, along with an old photo of Melania Trump sitting in a blue strapless dress.
A wave of people seemed to agree with Woods’ sentiments, noting that U.S. magazines have apparently become politically biased, favoring the left over the right, while others compared Melania Trump’s lack of magazine covers to the several features former first lady Michelle Obama received while her husband, former President Barack Obama, was in office from 2009 to 2017.
During Barack Obama’s eight-year tenure, Michelle Obama graced a total of 12 magazine covers. In addition to appearing on the cover of famous fashion mag Vogue three times, she’s also advocated national interest issues in two Essence magazine features, twice for Time magazine and Glamour magazine, and once for Redbook, Instyle and Radar.
What’s more, a slew of designers refuse to “dress” Melania in some sort of silly political protest, among them Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs, Zac Posen, Christian Siriano and Sophie Theallet.
Zac Posen told the Daily Beast that “there are issues that are being questioned that are fundamentally upsetting to me—deeply: LGBT rights, immigration, funding for the arts, Planned Parenthood, and women’s rights.”
But even without that support, Melania is influencing fashion at home and abroad.
Just months after become first lady, Vogue wrote that her fashion influence “has already trickled down to Europe’s royals – not to mention other women on the world stage, such as Juliana Awada of Argentina and Queen Rania of Jordan,” the Daily Mail reported.
The Melania effect was confirmed by writer Edward Barsamian, who noted how Queen Mathilde and Crown Princess Mary had both adopted Melania’s style on the Belgian royals’ state visit to Denmark at the end of last month.
“Queen Mathilde’s periwinkle blue coat could have been pulled straight from the new First Lady’s wardrobe, and was reminiscent of the custom Ralph Lauren Collection Inauguration Day outfit,” he said.