Melania Trump found a way to profit from use of her image and to encourage only positive coverage.

By |2018-07-03T06:23:07+00:00July 2nd, 2018|Categories: Front Page, News|Tags: , , , |14 Comments

Courtesy of NBC News:

Since her husband took office Melania Trump has earned six figures from an unusual deal with a photo agency in which major media organizations have indirectly paid the Trump family despite a requirement that the photos be used only in positive coverage.

President Donald Trump’s most recent financial disclosure reveals that in 2017 the first lady earned at least $100,000 from Getty Images for the use of any of a series of 187 photos of the first family shot between 2010 and 2016 by Belgian photographer Regine Mahaux.

It’s not unheard of for celebrities to earn royalties from photos of themselves, but it’s very unusual for the wife of a currently serving elected official. More problematic for the many news organizations that have published or broadcast the images, however, is that Getty’s licensing agreement stipulates the pictures can be used in “positive stories only.”

According to the revenue statement in President Trump’s May financial disclosure, Melania Trump earned between $100,000 and $1,000,000 in photo royalties in 2017 from the Getty deal.

Here are at least some of the news outlets that used these images:

Yahoo News, NBC News, Marie Claire, the Daily Mail, My San Antonio, Houston Chronicle, House Beautiful, and SF Gate, the website for The San Francisco Chronicle, are among those that have featured Mahaux’s highly stylized family portraits since Trump took office.

The Russian edition of Elle Magazine also used the images, which should come as no surprise to anyone. That may be the least clandestine manner in which they are funneling money to this First Family. 

I have to say that when it comes to grifting these Trumps leave that Palin family miles behind eating their dust. 

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  1. Anonymous July 2, 2018 at 11:50 am

    Pic: Right before they ate Eddie “Rocky Horror Picture Show.”
    I know it’s tired, but first thought every time it’s posted!

    Positive stores only? Now why would THAT be? Because everyone and their dog knows that she’s an uninteresting, self-serving. gold-digging nothing?
    Was she paid for the “I really don’t care” jacket shot? Enquiring minds…..

    • NMP July 3, 2018 at 4:48 am

      It’s been nearly 2 months since her pathetic performance at the Be Best rollout. Then she took nearly a month off until her cheeky jacket flight. Palins have to be dying from envy at this lazy gig. Pretending to work at its finest.

  2. Anonymous July 2, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    Don’t care much what the Palin family thinks nor how far they’ve slid into oblivion selling their poop teas, keeping the numb nuts son out of papers, still trying to be relevant, and pics to the Daily Mail. Trash is trash, as is the “first family.”

  3. Anonymous July 2, 2018 at 12:47 pm

    And they have the audacity to complain that she hasn’t been on more magazine covers, well I guess we know why, it has to be a positive story and she hasn’t done anything positive.

    She certainly has a high opinion of herself, selling her photo like a celebrity and doing absolutely nothing for it.

    The whole family has sold their soul and No Melanomia, you are NO JACKIE KENNEDY. We keep telling you money can’t buy class and you have no class.

    • Anonymous July 2, 2018 at 1:02 pm

      No magazine covers, and why no one wants to visit the WH unless goaded into it.

    • Beaglemom July 2, 2018 at 1:28 pm

      The third wife is certainly a unique creature as a first lady. Maybe the magazines should just put some of her earlier nude or almost nude photos on their covers. We, the people, don’t want to see her or anyone from that creepy family anyway.

  4. Anonymous July 2, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    Is he planning on building a wall also, what a moron.

    Sarah Sanders warns Trump is after Canada: ‘We’ve been very nice to Canada for many years, they’ve taken advantage’

  5. Beaglemom July 2, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    Whenever the Wash. Post publishes an article about the third wife, it always portrays her in the best possible light. An impossible task, I would think, However, the thousands of comments those articles produce are at least 90% critical of her and of her husband.* I’m not surprised she’s profiting from her position. She’s as creepy as the rest of them.

    * Interestingly, when the Wash. Post adopted its slogan, “Democracy Dies in Darkness,” it started to hide readers’ comments unless the reader is willing to go through an ordeal of sorts to be allowed to read and add comments. Seems a little counter productive to me. I’ve always enjoyed reading newspaper comments. With articles or op-eds about Trump and company, there’s usually an immediate influx of negative comments but then, after some time, the crazy supportive comments start. These comments almost always vilify the author, the Democrats in general, all liberals on the planet, etc.

    • Anonymous July 2, 2018 at 5:51 pm

      Like “emily” does $arah? Whomever she is, she needs new material.
      It is SO debunked in fact and easily researched.

  6. mbaker July 2, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    I don’t have a problem with her selling her photo’s. These photo’s were all taken before she became the First Lady, and like all models this is her occupation. Melania has a right to sell her photo’s on her own terms that she dictates. To condemn her for doing this sounds as ridiculous as the Republicans were during the Obama administration in their criticism of Michele

    • Anonymous July 2, 2018 at 7:19 pm

      If she wasn’t so called first lady,half the country would never heard of her,therefore she is profiting from her position.

      The magazines should leave the photo blank

  7. hat July 2, 2018 at 10:12 pm

    Some have mentioned she has nothing to offer as a mother.

  8. Anonymous July 3, 2018 at 1:48 am

    She’ll need it when Trump stiffs her and Baron in the divorce.

  9. Chenagrrl July 3, 2018 at 8:57 am

    The photo on IM is from the lunch after the inauguration. Melania knew enough to follow the prayer. That a look at the guy who was bummed at the turnout.

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