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Bronze statue of Melania Trump looks nothing like First Lady

New York Daily News — Jami Ganz New York Daily News

Sept. 16--She’s back and unrecognizable as ever.

A bronze statue of Melania Trump made its debut near her Slovenian hometown Tuesday, BBC News reports.

The likeness of the First Lady, 50, is dedicated to “the eternal memory of a monument to Melania which stood at this location,” according to its plaque.

Last year, a controversial wooden sculpture of Melania Trump was unveiled in her hometown of Sevnica, only to be torched on the Fourth of July, The Associated Press reports.

Much like the wooden piece -- which American artist Brad Downey has since commissioned and placed outside the town -- the new statue doesn’t appear to look anything like the First Lady. The original did depict her in a blue coat, similar to that which she wore at President Trump’s 2017 inaguration.

Downey said the work, which had been dismissed as a “Smurfette” or “disgrace” when compared to the real life inspiration, is a “visual representation of political tensions that are erupting in my country.”

Slovenian artist Marko Vivoda still wanted to honor the work. “We are here today because we put up again a statue of Melania to the place where it was burnt and to commemorate the statue that was set on fire,” said Vivoda.

Trump was born Melanija Knavs in Novo Mesto, about 27 miles southwest of Sevnica, back in 1970 when the country was part of Communist Yugoslavia.

Last year, President Trump was also the subject of a wooden statue, which stood 26 feet tall and bore a square head and jaw. In January 2020, it, too, was burnt down by unknown arsonists.

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