Melania Trump has announced that she will be launching her own line of NFTs. The former First Lady said that she is excited about her new campaign and that some of the proceeds from her online sales will go toward the education of foster care children.
On Twitter, Melania said, “Excited for this new venture, which combines my passion for art and commitment to helping our Nation’s children fulfill their own unique American Dream.”
An official statement about her NFT line was announced by The Office of Melania Trump. According to the statement, Melania will auction off new NFTs “at regular intervals,” and people can buy them on her website.
The former First Lady is also planning a digital auction in January where she will sell more online tokens. They will include, “digital artwork, physical artwork, and a physical one-of-a-kind accessory,” according to the statement from her office.
Her first NFT, called “Melania’s Vision,” is already available for auction and will be available until Dec. 31. It is a digital watercolor painting of Melania’s eyes created by Marc-Antoine Coulon. Along with the painting, the website also includes an audio clip of Melania talking about her vision.
In the clip, she says, “My vision is: Look forward with inspiration, strength and courage.”
Melania is selling the piece for one Solana coin or $181.60.
Her website describes the online token as a “breathtaking watercolor embodies Melania Trump’s cobalt blue eyes, providing the collector with an amulet to inspire. Melania’s Vision provides the collector with strength and hope.”
Early Thursday morning, the former First Lady said that she would be using MoonPay to process all crypto and credit card payments for her online venture, but the company has since denied that any deal was made with the Trumps. A spokesperson said the company was never contacted by her office to talk about her new online venture.
According to Mrs. Trump, some of the money made in her online sales will go towards children aging out of the foster system. Melania hopes to provide education in computer science and software development to foster care children so they can have more job options when they age out of the system. She said that her new venture will benefit the Be Better initiative that she started in the White House.
Some people on social media are criticizing Melania’s idea, saying that more than a portion of the profits should go to foster care children. One person said, “Wait – only a “PORTION” of the proceeds will go to help the children? Why isn’t the wife of a so-called billionaire covering all the costs of this program so that 100% of the donations will go to help the kids?”
Another person tweeted criticism of the former First Lady’s new idea and NFTs in general and said, “I’m not saying most #NFTs are scams operated by grifters and money launderers. I’m just saying Melania Trump is launching an #NFT.”
This is her first public idea since her husband, former President Donald Trump left the White House. The former First Lady has become very private and is rarely seen outside of Florida, New Jersey or New York.
According to sources, the couple is living in Mar-A-Lago and while Donald Trump is hinting that he will run for president in 2024, his wife is reportedly not in favor of his running. Sources close to the former First Lady say that she values her privacy and is not ready to step back into the spotlight.
NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, are online ownerships recorded into a digital blockchain and allow the owner to have ownership of a digital or physical item. These tokens have become very popular in the last year. Many celebrities and companies have started to create their own NFTs to attract online customers.
The online tokens, which can be as simple as a digital drawing, have been known to sell for millions of dollars. In Oct. 2021, Beeple, an online artist, sold an NFT of his work and it went for $69 million. The art was a collage of all his work and showed his artistic development over time.
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