New York Magazine unearthed a 2002 cover of a publication for Valentine’s Day 'Singles' that features the present first lady of the United States planting a kiss on a firefighter.
According to the magazine, at the time of the photo the wife of the current US president was a little-known model named Melania Knauss, and that her appearance on the cover was her last for the publication.
The magazine revealed that Knauss was, at the time, dating Donald Trump, a notorious celebrity self-promoter. The model was reportedly hired for a cover paying homage to the 'first responders' the earliest rescuers at the horrific scene.
The magazine explained that the idea of the pose was inspired by the iconic 1945 Alfred Eisenstaedt photograph of a sailor and a nurse smooching in Times Square on V-J Day.
“We did not, at the time, expect to be working with the future first lady of the United States,” the report remarked.
A few netizens were shocked, some responding with a wondering: “Whaaaaaat?”
Some Twitter users compared her life between 2002 and now, suggesting that the first lady was “happy back then”.
Hey @realDonaldTrump. I bet your wife has never kissed you like this!— Blowfishes 🐡 (@blowfishes) February 28, 2020
So why haven't you put her on your cover now that she is FLOTUS?— Juanita (@juanita59) February 28, 2020
Must have had a small budget for that shoot.— cdraivpipds (@cdraivpipds) February 27, 2020
Well, this certainly explains how Melanie was able to obtain that H1-B Visa! Special skills on full display.— D Dona (@DDona20) February 28, 2020
That memory of that kiss has had to last 18 years.— Jon Maas (@jondmaas) February 27, 2020
Melania went from kissing that guy to kissing this.... wow the love of money is strong in this one. pic.twitter.com/UAYeuwGmN3— Tan Digi (@tandigi) February 27, 2020
Omg what— Olivia Nuzzi (@Olivianuzzi) February 28, 2020
She looks so happy there.— Miles Kahn (@mileskahn) February 27, 2020
She modeled while on a student visa, a la “they took our jobs!” at some point.— Brandy, fat broad who votes (@votecumby) February 28, 2020
wonder if we checked her working papers.— chris smith (@chrissmithnymag) February 27, 2020
When "Hot & Nasty" booked Melanie, the editors didn't realize they were looking at a future FLOTUS— Freakanatcha (@Freakanatcha) February 28, 2020