Melania Trump Gets ‘Smurfette’ Statue In Slovenia
US First Lady Melania Trump has got a statue on the outskirts of her Slovenian hometown of Sevnica.
This follows the efforts of US artist Brad Downey, who hired a local chainsaw artisan, Ales Zupevc, to carve the likeness out of a tree trunk.
And the result was a wooden image of Mrs Trump dressed in a blue coat, overlooking the Sava river with a club-like hand gesturing towards the sky.
Some residents described it as “a disgrace”, a “Smurfette”, saying “it doesn’t look anything like Melania”, BBC writes.
Downey told Reuters news agency he wanted to “have a dialogue” with the US political situation.
Sevnica has become a tourist magnet ever since Donald Trump was elected US president in 2016, and Ms Trump – a famous former resident – became the first lady.
As visitors search for an insight into Mrs Trump’s early years, residents have brought out ranges of Melania-branded merchandise including slippers, cake, and Trump-like burgers with fly-away cheese “hair”.
While for some, the new sculpture is a step too far, Katarina, 66, told AFP news agency it was a “good idea” to have the artwork, adding: “Melania is a Slovenian hero, she’s made it to the top in the US.”
So far, US president Donald Trump has yet to comment on the statue…
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