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Why Melania Trump's 'No Fur' News Should Be Taken With A Grain Of Salt

Is this fur real?
05/04/2017 04:18pm ET

A recent statement from the first lady’s office seems to make a bold claim about Melania Trump.

“She does not wear fur,” Stephanie Grisham, Trump’s East Wing communications director said via email to CNN.

If true, this would mean Trump has officially joined the likes of former first lady Michelle Obama and former French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy in refraining from wearing fur.

Aside from Grisham’s comment, there’s another shred of evidence that Trump is wearing faux fur these days. Animal activist and minimal makeup enthusiast Pamela Anderson shared a thank-you note she received from the first lady for a faux fur coat she had sent as a gift.

It’s important to note that Melania has not actually made a statement, in her own words, pledging to give up wearing real fur.

Pledging to reject fur has become fairly par for the course for a first lady, but neither Melania nor Donald Trump have been known for doing pretty much anything par for the course thus far ― Donald Trump’s long-rooted relationship with fur included.

In 2000, there was that GQ cover, in which Melania posed nude atop what appears to be a fur blanket. In 2002, she attended a fashion show for PETA. Just a year later, she and Donald Trump attended the opening of Dennis Basso Furs flagship store in New York City wearing ― you guessed it ― a fur stole.

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At the opening of the Dennis Basso Furs flagship store in New York City.

If she is taking a stand on something, which her camp declined to comment on for this story, fur feels like an interesting choice.

Whether she cares to call it taking a position or not, PETA senior vice president Dan Matthews credits Anderson’s gift, as well as a video she sent “showing how animals are cruelly killed in the wild and on fur farms” with contributing to the decision.

“It’s no surprise that [Melania] is now fur-free, following in the footsteps of so many fashion icons and first ladies,” he said in a statement sent to HuffPost.

That might be true, but with a long-standing history of wear and a tendency to be lukewarm on just about everything, we’re not sure this is the last we’ll see of Trump’s many fur pieces, as pictured below.

2002
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At the 'Survivor Marquesas' season finale in New York City.
2002
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At the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.
2003
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At the premiere of "Something's Gotta Give" in New York City.
2003
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At Zang Toi's show during New York Fashion Week.
2003
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At the Oscar de la Renta show during New York Fashion Week.
2003
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At the Carmen Marc Valvo show during New York Fashion Week.
2003
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At the opening of the Dennis Basso Furs flagship store in New York City.
2004
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At a gala to honor leaders in tourism in New York City.
2004
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During the Zac Posen show at New York Fashion Week.
2005
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Out in New York City.
2005
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At the Vera Wang show at New York Fashion Week.
2005
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At a cocktail party for the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall.
2005
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At the premiere of "King Kong" in New York City.
2006
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With Donald Trump, Vanessa Trump and Donald Trump Jr. at the Operation Smiles annual dinner.
2006
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At Vanessa And Donald Trump Jr.'s Birthday Celebration in New York City.
2007
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At the Michael Kors show at New York Fashion Week.
2007
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At the Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center's 16th Annual Bunny Hop.
2007
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At the New York launch of Trump Tower Palm Beach.
2009
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At the opening of 'A Little Night Music' in New York City.
2011
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At the Comedy Central Roast of Donald Trump in New York City.
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