US Election: Key sign Melania Trump is 'competing' with Ivanka

Gillian Wolski
·Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
·3-min read

The relationship between US First Lady Melania Trump, 50, and her step-daughter, Ivanka Trump, has been thrust yet further into the spotlight in the lead up to the US election, with political pundits on both sides watching their every move.

The bond between President Trump’s third wife and his second-eldest child — who are just 11 years apart in age — has long been a source of public fascination ever since he first ran for office back in 2016.

(L-R) Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump and US First Lady Melania Trump watch the presidential inaugural parade for US President Donald Trump on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. / AFP / Nicholas Kamm        (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump and US First Lady Melania Trump's mirrored posture says a lot about their relationship, claims a body language expert. Photo: Getty Images.

Key aspects of the public-facing behaviour between Melania and 39-year-old Ivanka, who is a senior advisor to her father, offers insight into their private relationship according to body language Judi James.

James told Express that that pair’s impeccable grooming and similar style of hair and dress indicates a shared ‘image perfection’ trait.

Both women are equally polished in their body language, she explained, adding that their “measured and self-contained” manner allows no room for “spontaneity and emotion”.


“It could be a sign of a more competitive relationship but when these two women are together in public the mirrored posture and walking styles hint more are some form of role-modelling,” she said.

James went on to say that Melania and Ivanka appear to have become closer throughout Trump’s 2020 campaign.

“Their current line-up formations do suggest they are united in their support for Trump as he moves towards another election,” she said.

Despite presenting a united front, there are no signs of an intimate relationship between the two in James’s opinion.

Ivanka Trump (R), daughter and Advisor to the US President, introduces US President Donald Trump and US First Lady Melania Trump ahead of his acceptance speech for the Republican Party nomination for reelection during the final day of the Republican National Convention at the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC on August 27, 2020. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)
Melania's smile for her step-daughter Ivanka disappeared as soon as she took her place next to President Trump on the final day of the Republican National Convention at the White House on August 27, 2020. Photo: Getty Images.

Melania ‘tense’ as Trump claims victory

Melania’s body language spoke volumes as she watched Trump claim victory on election night, despite millions of votes still being counted around the country.

The First Lady, who stepped out in a severe black suit and white shirt for the address, looked ‘tense’ and was “bracing for what her husband was about to say” according to experts.

“Melania Trump’s body language displays a disconnect from her husband,” relationship expert and counselling psychotherapist Dr Karen Phillip told Yahoo Lifestyle.

“She often has her hands either clasped in front of her, folded across herself, or arms directly down by her side in a tight controlled and guarded manner.

“There is no association toward her husband whatsoever. What we would like to see is her feet pointing toward him, her shoulders relaxed (they are not), her arms relaxed or freely moving without being held tight or with tension, which they have been for a long while now.”

Communication expert Elly Johnson agreed, saying Melania’s body position indicated she was “not feeling relaxed and she is conscious about how and where she should stand”.

“She looks neither happy or relaxed. This could be caused by nervousness due to the enormity of the situation or dread as she braces for what her husband is about to say,” she said.

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