Ahead of the release of the new all-telling Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship With the First Lady – which shares behind-the-scenes stories of author Stephanie Winston Wolkoff’s relationship with Ms. Trump – a newly published snippet reveals the unlikely friendship between the subject of the book and fashion designer Rachel Roy.
According to a passage published by New York Magazine, Melania, 50, and Rachel, 46 – known to some as Beyonce’s rumored ‘Becky with the good hair’ – were old friends.
Rachel reportedly even texted Melania that her husband was ‘great’ during his presidential acceptance speech and that Melania herself was ‘made for’ the role of first lady, despite her own preference for the Democratic party.
Old Friends: New details have emerged about First Lady Melania Trump’s unlikely friendship with designer Rachel Roy (photo 2012)
Flashback: Rachel reportedly texted Melania repeatedly, with great excitement, on Election Night (pictured in 2007)
Receipts: The women are pictured with mutual friend Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, sharing text messages sent within their group chat
In the excerpt from the upcoming book, author Stephanie recalls planning Trump’s inauguration and sharing specific memories of election night.
She said that while the president was giving his acceptance speech, Rachel Roy messaged a group text with Melania and Stephanie while watching CNN at home.
DT is great! MT is so beautiful! Speech very Donald we all know and love, ‘she reportedly wrote – and earned a’ mockery ‘from Stephanie, who says Rachel was’ a lifelong Democrat.’
“Our work has just begun,” Rachel reportedly texted. Let’s be the change we want to see in the world. Let’s work for women and children.
‘This bastard is crazy. You have always been this role. You have lived it. You got this! Saying a Prayer for Donald’s Safety! she continued. Stephanie described the designer as ‘overstimulated’.
Melania simply replied, “I love you both.”
Rachel also texted the next day, Stephanie recalled, asking if she could have a festive lunch with Melania.
“I need to see my schedule,” Melania wrote back.
Yes, Madam President. No pressure, Rachel would have replied.
Friends: Stephanie (photo second from left) said Rachel called Trump ‘great’ and said Melania was made for the role of first lady
Gossip: In the book, Stephanie also discussed Melania’s reported dislike for Ivanka, who she called ‘princess’
In the book, Stephanie also discussed Melania’s reported dislike for Ivanka, who she called “princess.” She said the couple had agreed on a plan to keep Ivanka off camera during her father’s swearing-in ceremony.
“Melania and I launched Operation Block Ivanka to keep her face out of that iconic ‘special moment,'” she said, explaining how they studied and mapped camera angles to make sure Ivanka would stay hidden behind Melania.
Coming soon: Stephanie Winston Wolkoff shared the details in her new book after her longstanding friendship with the First Lady turned sour
If Ivanka weren’t on the aisle, her face would be hidden while she was sitting. For the standing section, we placed Barron between Donald and Melania and made sure Don Jr. was standing next to Melania, not Ivanka, ”Stephanie wrote.
Rachel was also reportedly notified of the plan and texted while watching the inauguration on TV from a Washington, DC hotel room.
She sent a picture of Melania’s head blocking Ivanka’s on TV and wrote, ‘Happy MT blocked IT!’
“Yes, Operation Block Ivanka was small-scale,” admitted Stephanie. Melania was on this mission. But in our view, Ivanka shouldn’t have put herself in the center of attention at her father’s inauguration. ‘
Melania’s friendship with Rachel has been documented by the cameras. The two were photographed together several times, including at Michael’s Restaurant around February 2012.
They also posed together for photos at a charity event in 2007, and in June 2010 Melania wrote on Facebook: “Had lunch yesterday with Rachel Roy… she looked fabulous in my gold mesh bracelet from” Melania ™ Timepieces & Jewelry “. available at QVC.com! ‘
Changing politics? While Stephanie describes Rachel as a “ lifelong Democrat, ” the designer has been in the White House since Trump took office
The pair were also seen smiling with Stephanie in Washington in January 2017, following Trump’s election.
But their unlikely friendship is now under scrutiny thanks to Stephanie’s new book.
While Stephanie describes Rachel as a “ lifelong Democrat, ” Rachel doesn’t seem to have taken that as far as she’s campaigning for recent Democratic candidates.
However, she did design a ‘Vote!’ T-shirt in 2012, and spoke that year Time about politics.
“A very good friend of mine actually works for the Obama campaign and I always dress her,” she said.
“I went to the Chicago headquarters with, actually, the fashion crowd – I went along [Vogue editor in chief] Anna Wintour and other designers from the Council of Fashion Designers of America. We toured the Chicago headquarters so it was fashion meets politics.
“I feel like politics and fashion really go hand in hand,” she added.
While the Obamas were in the White House, First Lady Michelle Obama even wore some of Rachel’s designs.
Hidden: Rachel also reportedly texted to celebrate after Melania and Stephanie managed to strategically block Ivanka from the cameras during the inauguration
But while she has supported Democrat in the past, Rachel has continued her friendship with Melania in the White House and has even promoted the First Lady’s work.
‘I have remained friends with her. Her initiative ‘Be Best’ is all about children. She may have one of the biggest hearts of anyone I know when it comes to kids, ”she said WWD last year.
Melania has also worn Rachel’s designs in the White House.
Melania has also promoted her girlfriend in other ways. After meeting Rachel and Indian children’s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi last February, she wrote on Instagram: ‘It’s great to hear what @k_satyarthi and @rachelroy are doing to save children and give a voice.’
In 2014, footage leaked of Beyonce’s sister Solange attacking Jay-Z in an elevator after the Met Gala – giving way to rumors that Jay-Z had cheated (photo in 2015)
After Beyonce sang about a ‘Becky with the good hair’ on her album Lemonade, Rachel seemed to confirm it was her by writing on Instagram: ‘good hair doesn’t matter’
Rachel, who has two children with her ex-husband, Roc-A-Fella Records and Roc-a-Wear co-founder Damon Dash, is best known for her fashion label – although many also know her for rumors she was having an affair. . with Jay-Z.
In 2014, footage leaked of Beyonce’s sister Solange attacking Jay-Z in an elevator after the Met Gala – giving way to rumors that Jay-Z had cheated.
In 2016, Beyonce confirmed her husband’s infidelity on her album Lemonade.
In the last line of her song Sorry, Beyonce sang, “He only wants me when I’m not there. He better call Becky with the good hair ‘- leading to furious speculation about’ Becky’s’ identity.
While various names were thrown in – including Rita Ora – most fans believed the woman in question was Rachel.
Rachel seemed to confirm this with a creepy Instagram caption – which she later deleted – that read, ‘Good hair doesn’t matter, but we always take good lighting, for selfies or self-truths.’