Bizarre statue of Melania Trump removed after vandals set it on fire

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Bizarre statue of Melania Trump removed after vandals set it on fire

A bizarre statue of US First Lady Melania Trump has been removed after it was set on fire in her hometown in Slovenia.

The sculpture, which bore little resemblance to Melania, had stood close to Sevnica in central Slovenia.

But on Saturday it was burned in what the artist who commissioned it believes was a targeted attack.

Brad Downey told CNN : “I would be curious to see who did it.

“Someone doesn’t like what it represents or how it looks.”

He said the timing of the act, which happened on US Independence Day, suggests it was not just a random “drunken act”.

Mr Downey said he was called by local police asking what they should do with the statue, which was badly damaged.

He pleaded with locals not to share pictures of the burned sculpture, fearing it could become a “violent meme”.

The artist said he had commissioned the project to highlight the contradictory nature of Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant statements.

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It was made by local artist Ales Zupevc, who goes by the name Maxi.

Mrs Trump, formerly Melania Knauss, grew up in the Slovenian town of 5,000 before her modelling work took her to the fashion shows of Paris and Milan.

She became a US citizen in 2001, at the age of 31, three years after she started dating Trump, at the time a real estate mogul.

They were married in 2005, and Mrs Trump is just the second Presidential spouse to be born outside of the US after Trump’s 2016 election.

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