Twitter trends #FakeMelania after photo of First Lady smiling with US President Donald Trump goes viral

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Is Melania Trump's body double accompanying US President Donald Trump in his public events? A new viral image of the US president and the First Lady from October 22 has brought back a year-long conspiracy theory that there's a Melania lookalike who attends public events in place of the First Lady.

The rumours about Melania Trump using a body double were fueled when a picture of hers boarding Marine One last week went viral on social media. According to reports, the picture was taken when she was on her way with Donald Trump to the last presidential debate.

As the snapshot hit social media, within moments several theories sprouted on Twitter with users taking note of "slight difference in her appearance". They even pointed at the woman's "broad smile", unlike the "subtle grin" Melania Trump usually has and also noticed how "fake Melania" wore a pair of dark sunglasses, covering most of her face.

Soon, #FakeMelania started trending on Twitter.

A Twitter user wrote, "The only thing I'll miss from this administration is them swapping in new Melania and just pretending we won't notice like a 4-year-old with a guppy."

The only thing I'll miss from this administration is them swapping in new Melanias and just pretending we won't notice like a 4-year-old with a guppy pic.twitter.com/8J0A4E9z5H

— Zack Bornstein (@ZackBornstein) October 25, 2020

"Good luck finding any photos of Melania smiling like that," wrote another user.

Good luck finding any photos of Melania smiling like that. https://t.co/6pwZTUObDR pic.twitter.com/5dgQKW2S84

— The Ghost of George Conway (@gtconway3dg) October 25, 2020

#FakeMelania's got a tell: she's happy when he's around. pic.twitter.com/HIX6XTPZzA

— David (@mmasoccerfan) October 25, 2020

Several Twitter post even compared the viral image and earlier images of Melania claiming of being sure that the woman with Donald Trump boarding Marine One is not Melania but her body double.

"Swipe these two photos back and forth. Notice the two front teeth. Melania's are more squared...THAT AIN'T HER in the other photo. #FakeMelania," another Twitter user wrote.

Swipe these two photos back & forth. Notice the two front teeth. Melania’s are more squared...THAT AIN’T HER in the other photo. #FakeMelania pic.twitter.com/ge18TBarhy

— BlueinaRedState (@RedStateBlues20) October 25, 2020

Left to right:
1. Real Melania
2. Melania in question
3. Hope Hicks

It's hilarious & ridiculous that it seems plausible Trump would fake a stand-in FLOTUS. However, this is what happens when you have a POTUS that lies non-stop.#VoteBlueToEndThisNightmare pic.twitter.com/GDAi8zoSm9

— Matthew Silvan (@MatthewSevenOne) October 25, 2020

Not even anywhere close to being convincing Melania doubles #FakeMelania pic.twitter.com/nky3shCckx

— Daniel Noriega (@danoriegaa) October 25, 2020

Even The Project co-host Lisa Wilkinson tweeted, "For anyone fooled by the fake Melania beaming (that's a clue right there) from the top of the plane stairs as Trump arrived in Wisconsin a few hours ago, THIS is the real Melania."

For anyone fooled by the fake Melania beaming (that’s a clue right there) from the top of the plane stairs as Trump arrived in Wisconsin a few hours ago, THIS is the real Melania.

More tonight on SUNDAY @theprojecttv #TheProjectTV

pic.twitter.com/167OnDoK3R

— Lisa Wilkinson (@Lisa_Wilkinson) October 25, 2020

However, a report in Daily Mail said that these conspiracy theories don't hold up when the photo in question was compared to other pictures which were taken minutes earlier, clearly showing its actually Melania Trump and not an impostor.

Conspiracy theories claiming that US President Donald Trump used body doubles to stand in for Melania Trump dates back to 2017-18.

According to a report, the "fake Melania" rumours first went viral back in October 2017, after actor and comedian Andrea Wagner Barton posted her theory on Facebook.

Melania Trump with Donald Trump exiting Air Force One (Photo: AP)

Meanwhile, in 2018, people claimed that it was "fake Melania" who was seen exiting Air Force One. The theory again resurfaced when a photo of Donald Trump and Melania attending a memorial for tornado victims in Alabama went viral.

Rubbishing the rumours, Donald Trump had said that the theory was driven by the media. He also accused journalists of doctoring photos of his wife Melania Trump.

Donald Trump and Melania attending a memorial for tornado victims in Alabama. (Photo: AP)

Donald Trump had alleged in a tweet that photos of his wife had been altered to make them appear as though a look-alike accompanied him to Alabama to survey tornado damage.

"The Fake News photoshopped pictures of Melania, then propelled conspiracy theories that it's actually not her by my side in Alabama and other places. They are only getting more deranged with time!," Donald Trump had tweeted, according to Associated Press.

The US presidential elections are scheduled to take place in less than 10 days on November 3.

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