Melania Trump Just Did It Again… Libs Are Furious
— Fox News (@FoxNews) April 3, 2017
In a Boston Globe piece, local portrait photographer Ryuji Suzuki explained that Melania Trump had probably defaulted to “fashion” posing from her modeling days:
There are different opinions about people crossing their arms in portraits. If you do it right, you might add a powerful impression, but it often gives you distance. If you want to be friendly and approachable you probably wouldn’t pose like this.
She is looking at the distance, which is very typical for fashion photography, [y]ou are not necessarily there to make a direct connection with the audience, but you are there for creating the whole image.”
Of course, a number of official White House portraits also feature crossed arms.