**Update, since this article’s publication, representatives for Melania Trump issued a statement relaying that the First Lady “has no intention” of profiting from her public position.
Move over Ivanka, Melania, also known as the First Lady of the United States, is the newest Trump woman in the spotlight after an attorney for the First Lady filed a lawsuit Monday in New York Supreme Court against Mail Media, the owner of the Daily Mail.
The lawsuit comes after Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus dropped Ivanka Trump’s brand after backlash from the #GrabYourWallet campaign.
Trump sues The Daily Mail and Mail Online for alleged defamatory speech, focusing on an article which said “On the one hand they [the girls] pretended to be models, but they principally earned money as elite escorts.” Her attorney attributes wording like this in the article as a factor that cost her “potential business opportunities that were otherwise available to her.”
It is unclear whether or not Trump planned to benefit from the potential business opportunities during her tenure as First Lady, but for now her camp claims the published articles concerning Trump cost her the possible ventures.
“These product categories would have included, among other things, apparel accessories, shoes, jewelry, cosmetics, hair care, skin care and fragrance,” according to the lawsuit, which was filed on Trump’s behalf by California attorney Charles Harder.
The lawsuit demands the defendant awards “compensatory and punitive damages in appropriate amounts to be determined at trial; Enjoining Mail Online from publishing or republishing the defamatory statements in the Article; Awarding the Plaintiff the recovery of her costs associated with this action…”
The article has since been retracted.