If you like reading into all those awkward photos of President Trump ignoring his wife Melania as they're getting out of cars, there's a lot to pique your interest in the newest edition of Vanity Fair.
Evgenia Peretz has written a long-awaited feature about the First Lady and her marriage to Trump, speaking to friends, associates and a bunch of unnamed sources from Manhattan social circles. The article explores "how a very private woman is coping with the intense public scrutiny of her marriage."
Easily the most gossip-worthy claim is that Trump only allowed his wife to have a baby on the condition that she would get her body back. According to a guest to one of Trump's homes late in Melania's pregnancy, "She promised him that everything would go back to the way it was." The guest said the arrangement seemed like a "contract," and Trump behaved rudely toward her. "There was no 'How do you feel?' No opening of doors, making sure she didn't fall. Just 'You wanted to have a baby.'"
Here are five other takeaways from the Vanity Fair feature:
Trump picked Melania because he wanted a hot, docile girlfriend who would give him "space."
His ex-wives Ivana and Marla were both high-maintenance, particularly Ivana with her ambitious, entrepreneurial nature. By contrast, a friend of the couple says Melania "doesn't make waves" and "She speaks only when spoken to. She's just very sweet." As his girlfriend, she even played along when Trump visited the Howard Stern Show and put her on the line for a crude conversation about how often she and Trump had sex and what she was wearing.
Praising Trump and hyping his fame is a wifely duty for Melania.
"The Truth About Trump" author Michael D'Antonio recalls a moment when Trump repeatedly told Melania, "Tell him I'm a really good husband." She also repeated a story about how she insisted Trump was more famous than Tom Cruise when Trump was flattered that Cruise called him personally to ask him for a favor. Trump seemed to feel that the story was "an example of their affection," according to D'Antonio.
Melania demonstrated "Slavic discipline" in her modeling career in New York.
According to her then-roommate photographer Matthew Atanian, Melania rarely went out, always came home early, wore ankle weights around the apartment and kept a strict diet with lots of fruit, vegetables and water. Despite all this, she only ever booked second and third tier modeling jobs because she was too stiff. "That's why she wasn't a successful model, because she couldn't move," Atanian said.
Melania doesn't support charity causes or attend galas like most Manhattan socialites.
Wednesday Martin, author of "Primates of Park Avenue," said "The Trumps don't comport themselves by the rules that are important to people, especially people on the Upper East Side." Even now, she doesn't appear to have taken any steps to learn about cyberbullying, an issue that she said would be at the center of her platform as First Lady.
She doesn't seem to be in any rush to leave New York.
She famously decided to stay in Manhattan with Barron while he finishes the school year, a decision that is costing the city a million dollars a week in added security. While the Trumps insist she will move to Washington D.C. before long, they have still not announced a D.C. area school for Barron and have not yet applied to the schools you'd expect him to attend. Meanwhile, parents of students at Barron's school in New York are getting upset about the ongoing security issues. Picking up their kids has become "a complicated ordeal" and at one point a suspicious truck outside caused the school to go into "lockdown."