Words by Sabrina Rojas Weiss.
As her husband rang in the New Year in the White House, Melania Trump celebrated as planned at Mar-a-Lago in Florida, attending the resort’s annual New Year’s Eve party.
The only semi-official photo from the event is a selfie from the First Lady herself shared on social media, but posts from guests at the $1,000-a-head (£792) event show her beaming in a sparkling, long-sleeve dress with a plunging neckline.
“NYE Mar a Lago. We miss you POTUS,” read an Instagram post from Paolo Zampolli, the United Nations ambassador of Dominica.
The ambassador’s official account posted another photo of himself and Brazilian model wife Amanda Ungaro with FLOTUS.
Conservative activist Charlie Kirk also posted a photo of himself crouching behind a seated Trump as they smiled for the camera.
The black dress bucked a Melania Trump trend noted by InStyle. The First Lady has worn a pale pink dress to at least three other Mar-a-Lago New Year’s Eve parties in 2000, 2002 and 2017.
Sparkling black certainly seems like a more subdued, traditional dress choice for the occasion.
The Mar-a-Lago event has come under scrutiny during the government shutdown as 800,000 federal employees don’t know when they’ll get their next paycheck.
The ticket price went up from $750 (£594) to $1,000 (£792) this year. Meanwhile, Quartz reported that the federal government paid $54,000 (£42,793) for security tents to be used during winter parties at the Palm Beach resort, as well as $41,250 (32,683) for lights and generators.
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