There are no strict rules when it comes to Instagram etiquette, with who you follow usually depending on personal choice. While some people decide to treat everyone to a follow back, others are more selective in who they get direct updates from via the social media account. Then, of course, there are some Instagram users who opt to only follow their other half. At the time of writing, Melania Trump, 48, does not follow Ivanka Trump, 37, on her official social media account.
On the other hand, the American businesswoman does keep up with what her stepmother gets up to, by following her official @FLOTUS handle.
It’s not known whether any of the Trump family have their own private accounts which they use to stay in contact with friends and family.
So, is there a particular reason why Melania hasn’t reciprocated the gesture on her official Instagram platform?
It seems that there is – and it’s not thought to be a social media snub.
In fact, Melania, who has 2.9 million Instagram followers, appears to have deliberately restricted the amount of people she follows on the platform.
Instead of receiving posts from lots of people, the mother-of-one is following just one person – and that’s her husband, Donald Trump, 72.
The decision to devote her News feed to just the father-of-five may be seen as a romantic gesture to her spouse, or to avoid any potential awkward moments which could arise by not following other famous faces.
And, that could explain why Ivanka, and the rest of Donald’s children, aren’t followed by the First Lady on Instagram.
Meanwhile, Donald Trump has decided to limit the amount of updates he gets online too – following just eight users on Instagram.
These include his wife, as well as the four of his children who are known to have public Instagram accounts: Eric Trump, 35, Tiffany Trump, 25, and Donald Trump Jr, 41, as well as Ivanka.
Eric’s wife Lara Trump, 36, has also scooped a follow, as has White House Director of Social Media and Assistant to the President Daniel Scavino Jr.
Donald is also a follower of former White House Communications Director, Hope Charlotte Hicks.
However, Ivanka’s husband Jared Kushner has not received a follow from his father-in-law.
There’s a 24-year age gap between Melania and Donald Trump.
When they first met, the former fashion model was just 28-years-old, while the former businessman and reality TV star was 52.
The couple married back in 2005, and two years later, they went on to have a child together, Barron Trump, now 12.
The First Lady is just 11 years Ivanka’s senior.
And, with Donald having had his first child – Donald Trump Jr. – with Ivana Trump, 70, back in 1977, his current wife is just seven years older than her eldest stepson.
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Melania Trump: Five facts about the USA’s First Lady
Mum-of-one Melania can speak more languages than any other First Lady before her: English, French, German, Italian, Serbian and of course her mother tongue, Slovenian.
This also makes her the only First Lady whose first language is not English.
After Jacqueline Kennedy, Melania is the second First Lady who is a practising Catholic.
She met Pope Francis as part of a foreign tour with her husband and stepdaughter Ivanka last year.
Melania was a successful model, posing for Sports Illustrated, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and GQ.
Her skills aren’t confined to print, and she appeared in a commercial for Aflac, an American insurance company, in 2005.
Melania’s parents are Amalija Knavs and Viktor Knavs, and the couple live together in Washington.
She has one sister, Ines, who is reported to live in New York and work as an artist.
On May 7 2018, Melania launched her flagship campaign as First Lady, BE BEST, which The White House describes as “an awareness campaign focused entirely around the well-being of children”.
There are three main strands to the initiative: well-being, social media, and opioid abuse.