First Lady Melania Trump was honored in her home country of Slovenia with a life-size wooden statue in the city of Sevnica this week – and reviews are mixed. Some claimed it looks like Smurfette, while others likened it to a scarecrow.
The statue shows Melania in the powder blue suit by Ralph Lauren Collection she wore at her husband’s 2017 inauguration, posing as she waves her hand. The sculpture was erected next to the Sava River in the village of Rozno, around 8 km (5 miles) from Mrs Trump’s hometown of Sevnica.
This masterpiece was commissioned by US artist Brade Downey and created by artist Ales Zupevc. Locals complained about the statue, not due to the first lady’s affiliation with Donald Trump, but rather because they say the wooden sculpture does not look like Ms Trump at all. “It doesn’t look anything like Melania,” one local told the journalists. “It’s a Smurfette. It’s a disgrace.”
What do you think about it? Is it a timeless, brilliant masterpiece or a disgraceful caricature? Leave your opinion in comments!