What kind of first lady will Melania Trump be?

Here's what we know about the future first lady and what she hopes to bring to the White House.

The historic 2016 presidential election keeps on producing first-ever landmarks, and that includes the next first lady of the United States, Melania Trump.

So what kind of FLOTUS will she be? According to first-lady historians, here's a hint: Think Jackie Kennedy, not Eleanor Roosevelt, Hillary Clinton or Michelle Obama.

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"In terms of the evolution of the first lady, I see (Trump) moving us back to the more traditional role," says Jean Wahl Harris, who studies the role of the first lady at the University of Scranton. "A very traditional social hostess is something I think she will be comfortable with."

But she will be expected to be front and center, not shy and retiring like Bess Truman in the 1940s. But Trump was hardly on the campaign trail so what's to stop her from doing the unexpected as first lady?

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"Starting with Kennedy, the expectations have ratcheted up, it's not just about being a good wife and mother," Harris says. "Americans expect (the first lady) to be a celebrity, to be seen, to support your husband, to have a project that's good for the nation. And we expect to see you."

She "will surely rise to the rather rigid strictures of a job whose very existence is something of an anachronism," adds Elizabeth Mehren, professor of journalism and expert on first ladies at Boston University. "Mrs. Trump has signaled that her 'cause' may be cyberbullying, a safe bet for the mother of a 10-year-old, but less safe for the wife of someone who sends mean tweets at 3 in the morning."


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