Both Melania Trump and Jill Biden have been by their respective husband’s side on the campaign trail of the 2020 US election. First Lady is an interesting role, held by the spouses of US presidents who, so far, have all been men.
Body language expert Judi James analysed footage of both couples, comparing them.
Having watched Donald and Melania for years, she has told Express.co.uk there are a whole host of differences between these two couples.
No two couples are the same in the way they relate to one another, however, these could give us some insight in the person holding one of the most powerful political roles in the world.
What did Judi have to say about the soon to be POTUS and FLOTUS when compared to the soon to be ex President and his wife?
“We’ve already seen more touches and affectionate glances between Joe and Jill Biden in the past few hours than we did between Donald and Melania Trump in the entire four years of Trump’s presidency,” Judi told Express.co.uk.
“Both Donald and Melania appeared unwilling or unable to perform spontaneous, natural-looking PDAs, so much so that it has seemed impossible to imagine them even functioning as a real, flesh-and-blood couple off-stage.
“Joe and Jill manage to look like the happy mature marrieds you’d bump into in the supermarket, or walking their dog in the park.
“They might not ooze the glamour and romantic sexuality we saw from Michelle and Barack Obama but they look like the politics interrupt the full, boisterous family home life, whereas for Donald and Melania it often looks as though the power roles of POTUS and FLOTUS are the only ties that bound them together or brought them side to side.”
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Judi suggests Donald Trump took the spotlight during his presidency, with his wife in a supporting role.
However, we might see more of a dynamic duo in Joe and Jill.
Judi said: “Trump arrived in office very much as a sole trader, the alpha male entrepreneur who hogged all the spotlight, with the too-beautiful trophy wife appearing poker-faced behind him.
“With the Bidens though, there is much more of a double-act vibe, with Jill’s body language suggesting she is a very active member of team Biden as she uses a much more relaxed and less Hollywood-perfect style of enthusiastic movement.”
The First Ladies don’t only differ in terms of their body language.
Their style is different too. While many would consider what First Ladies wear to be insignificant, president’s wives can have a big impact with what they choose to wear.
This includes promoted up and coming designers and boosting the US economy by championing American brands.
When her husband was declared the winner of the election in 2016, Melania Trump wore US brand Ralph Lauren.
She wore a white jumpsuit with an off-the-shoulder detail and a thigh split.
However, this year to stand by her husband’s side as he made his victory speech Jill Biden wore a dress by Dominican designer Oscar de la Renta.
It may have been a nod to history, as De La Renta become well known for his dressing of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy.
The dress – likely to have cost around £3,000 – is from the Oscar de la Renta resort 2020 collection, designed by Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim who took over the label in 2016.
The asymmetric floral design, with colourful blooms on black material, was worn with a black mask and pink stilettos with bows on the toe.