The ever-glamorous Melania Trump was faced with some serious competition in the style stakes on Monday in the form of her husband’s 29-year-old communications director Hope Hicks.
Both women showed their support for President Donald Trump while attending a state banquet in Tokyo, however while the first lady, 47, chose a very traditional floor-length gown for the occasion, Hope spiced things up a bit, ensuring she stood out from the crowd in a chic tuxedo.
Hope wore the tailored black suit with a traditional white tuxedo shirt, accessorizing the look with an oversized black bow tie worn at her neck at the event, which was hosted by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Akasaka Palace in Tokyo, to mark Donald Trump’s visit.
The former Trump Organization employee, who has in the past worked inside the Trump Tower and helped Ivanka Trump grow her fashion line, wore her long hair down in a blowout.
She added a splash of color to her monochromatic look with a slick of bold pink lipstick, finishing off her make-up with a smokey eye.
In contrast to Hope’s androgynous style option, Melania donned a bright red, floor-length gown with short sleeves on the occasion.
She paired the glamorous number with a low hairdo and diamond earrings, completing her outfit with a smoky eye.
President Trump, 71, who is on his first official visit in Asia, stuck to his classics with a black suit, though he did trade his trademark red tie for a blue one.
Hope and Melania are both traveling with President Trump for his 12-day trip around Asia, which will also see him visit South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines.
Earlier on Monday, Melania tried her hand at Japanese calligraphy at a Tokyo elementary school.
She visited the Kyobashi Tsukiji school with her Japanese counterpart, Akie Abe. About 300 children welcomed them with a school song.
Then, Melania wrote the first character of the Japanese word for ‘peace,’ as Akie wrote the second.
After Melania’s first stroke, a girl sitting next to her advised her to hold the brush vertically and explained the order of the strokes.
‘Yes?’ Melania asked later as she turned to her instructor. The student gave a nod of approval, smiling.
The two first ladies, both wearing navy blue dresses, posed for photos, shook hands and exchanged high fives with the school children.
The children were shy at first, but as Melania lowered herself and greeted them, many hands rose up, trying to hold her hands.
School principal Takefumi Ukitsu said the school was chosen for the visit because it picked America as part of a study project for Tokyo’s 2020 Olympics.