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Melania Trump was ‘so offended’ that Anna Wintour didn’t reach out before a visit to Trump Tower in 2016 that she ignored it, new book claims

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  • Melania Trump was offended that Anna Wintour didn’t contact her before visiting Donald, according to a new book.

  • Amy Odell’s “Anna: The Biography” claims Melania was annoyed by Wintour’s snub and didn’t greet her.

  • Wintour backed Hillary Clinton for the 2016 presidency but reached out to Donald after her victory.

Melania Trump was offended that Anna Wintour didn’t inform her that she was coming to visit Donald Trump after his 2016 presidential victory, so she ignored the magazine’s editor, according to a new biography.

In “Anna: The Biography,” published May 3, fashion journalist Amy Odell spoke with Melania’s then-friend Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, who said the former US first lady was “so offended” by the snub that she “didn’t even say hello” when Wintour arrived at Trump Tower.

According to Wolkoff, Melania had not heard of the visit, which was coordinated shortly after Hillary Clinton’s presidential loss to Donald. Wintour had “reluctantly contacted” his longtime acquaintance Ivanka, Donald’s 40-year-old daughter, to arrange the meeting, the book adds.

“Melania didn’t realize she was invited to Anna’s events not because she was a friend, but simply because she appeared on the February 2005 cover of Vogue,” Odell wrote, referencing the cover of Melania published before her marriage to Donald. .

Odell added that Wintour’s team “tried twice, once before Trump’s inauguration and once after, to photograph Melania for Vogue. But partly because they wouldn’t guarantee coverage, Melania wouldn’t do it. wouldn’t.”

Wolkoff, who had been close friends with Melania since 2003, took on an unpaid role as Melania’s adviser and helped plan Donald’s inauguration in 2016, Insider previously reported.

She then wrote a tell-all book, “Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady,” in September 2020, in which she said they met when Wolkoff was director of special events. for Vogue. The book led Wolkoff to be sued by the Justice Department, which claimed he violated a nondisclosure agreement she signed. The lawsuit was later dropped in February 2021 by the DOJ without giving a reason.

According to Wolkoff’s book, when Melania was asked to appear in a Vogue profile, she said, “I don’t give a damn about Vogue or any other magazine. They would never put me on the cover. All these people are so angry.” The book added that Melania claimed people said Vogue was jealous that she still looked good despite many designers refusing to dress her.

Odell’s biography also claims that Wintour wept in front of Vogue staff the day after Clinton lost to Trump, after Vogue officially endorsed the first woman to win the Democratic presidential nomination.

Odell said the endorsement was “the first of its kind in the magazine’s 124-year history” and that Wintour was “seeking” an ambassadorship to the UK in a Clinton administration that could have ended his tenure at the magazine.

The book adds that a Clinton adviser said that while the politician thought Wintour would make a great ambassador and that “nominating her was a possibility,” no formal process was undertaken until Clinton’s election defeat.

Wintour’s boyfriend at the time, Shelby Bryan, told Odell: “If she had been offered the position of ambassador to the UK, I think she should have given it serious consideration.”

While speaking to staff the day after Donald’s victory, Odell wrote that Wintour defended her picks amid criticism from a WWD article questioning whether she had gone too far in her endorsement of Clinton.

According to the book, Wintour told staff, “I just want to say to everyone here today who works for me that if you support LGBTQ rights, if you support women’s rights, if you support women running for office, if you’re supporting immigrants, and if supporting people across the country for equality means going too far, then I hope you’re all going too far every day.”

Reps for Melania and Wintour did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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