First Lady Melania Trump attended the 2020 National PTA Legislative Conference in Alexandria, VA Tuesday afternoon.
Looking business elegant, Melania wore a tan checked blazer from Brooks Brothers. The houndstooth check belted jacket from Zac Posen collection was created to be a menswear-inspired. It features a matching waist-defining belt, wide notched lapels, and side slit pockets. It retailed for $498, but it is on sale for $249 on Brooksbrothers.com.
The Brooks Brothers houndstooth check belted blazer has matching pants, but Melania opted to wear the blazer with a pair of khaki pants. It is unknown exactly what exact brand the pants are from. The First Lady also removed the belt that is part of the blazer and instead team it a brown leather belt from Micheal Kors. The Vachetta Leather Belt in Nutmegand is from the brand Spring 2017 collection and sadly it is long sold out.
As for footwear, Melania teamed the tailored look with a pair of brown snakeskin embossed pumps from Manolo Blahnik.
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The PTA Legislative Conference brought together approximately 300 teachers and administrators, many of whom had traveled to the area from different parts of the country. The National Parent Teacher Association is the oldest and largest child advocacy association in the United States.
The theme of this year’s event is — PTA Takes Action for Kids. Melania was invited to give remarks on her Be Best initiative, which focuses on children’s well-being, online safety and opioid abuse prevention.
“When I launched the Be Best Initiative, my first goal was to raise awareness of three primary issues that children face today – social-emotional health, opioid abuse, and online safety. My second goal was to shed light on programs and people across the country and around the globe that successfully combat these problems,” Melania said.
“Three years later, I am proud to say we have made great strides in fulfilling this mission. I have visited schools, hospitals, communities, non-profits, private companies, and government agencies that support and protect our children and our communities,” she added.
Melania focused her 10 minute remark on one of the Be Best initiative — online safety. The first lady described how the internet can be a “tool for good,” but can also be “destructive and dangerous” when not used properly.
“Today, I want to focus on one topic that is especially relevant for the parents and educators in this room: online safety. When used properly, the internet can be a tool for good. When not used properly, it can be destructive and dangerous,” Melania said.
She called out social media platforms by name when it comes to cyber bulling.
“Social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram help us share important life updates with family, friends, and colleagues, learn about topics that spark our interest, and stay informed on the latest news happening in our communities, in our country, and around the world,” Melania said. “But in many cases social media platforms can have a negative and even deadly impact on our youth. It is sad to say that more than one in three teenagers have suffered from cyberbullying. These devastating and life changing tragedies are a heavy reminder of the consequences of irresponsible online behavior. Our children are growing up in a world where so much of their day to day interaction takes place online.”
The First Lady shared a story of her meeting with Joshua Smith and how his 16-year-old brother Channing took his own life after a classmate showed his private text messages online as the consequences of “cruel actions” committed.
Later in the afternoon, Melania attended the Media of Freedom award ceremony at the White House. President Trump presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom to retired four-star Army Gen. Jack Keane. The President praised Keane as the “most dedicated soldiers in a long and storied history of the United States military.”
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