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Melania Trump's Portrait Sparks Controversy (Photo)

| by Sheena Vasani

The White House official portrait of First Lady Melania Trump has provoked controversy.

In the image, the first lady dons a black jacket and a black scarf -- as well as a very large ring -- while standing inside the White House, reports the Daily Mail.

"Melania Knavs began her modeling career at the age of sixteen," reads the biography next to it. "She would pursue a degree at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia, but paused her studies to advance her modeling career in Milan and Paris before moving to New York in 1996."

"With a penchant and passion for the arts, architecture, design, fashion and beauty, Melania has thrived on the cultural diversification of New York City," it reads. "This passion can only be surpassed by her dedication to helping others, and her generosity has been noted."

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Some praised the photo.

"She's the most beautiful First Lady the U.S. has ever had," wrote one Daily Mail reader.

Yet many took issue with it.

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After stumbling upon the portrait, website Perez Hilton claimed the photo was far too airbrushed.

"Her manicure is pristine, and of course her insanely huge diamond ring is visible too," reads a Perez Hilton post. "Overall, it's not a bad image. That is, if you can get past all the Photoshop on her face! Did they really have to do her like that? She's pretty enough on her own! Seriously, who signed off on this??"

The site also conducted a poll asking readers if they agree.

As of 1 p.m. PST, 83 percent of nearly 3,100 people voted that she was too airbrushed.

"I love Melania, and she's a gorgeous woman, but I feel like this portrait is a bit much," commented one person on the Daily Mail's site. "I would've toned down the diamonds, nails and airbrushing."

"They made it look like one of those cheap glamour shots from the mall," a third person chimed in. "Lol. I dont even like these people but it doesn't do her justice."

Others mocked both Melania and the edits.

"All Fake just like the Person marriage and PRESIDENCY..just saying. #FAKE #FAKE #FAKE #FAKE," wrote one Daily Mail reader.

However, some defended Melania. A few users pointed out that previous first ladies were also airbrushed, while others admonished critics for mocking the president's wife.

One said: "The left always talk about how they care about and represent women yet viciously attack a woman who has done nothing other than be married to Trump as well as his daughter Ivanka for daring to support her father."

Sources: Perez HiltonDaily Mail / Photo credit: The White House via Daily Mail

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