MIA Melania? First Lady Makes Rare Public Appearance Amid Reports She's Reclusive

Sightings of the first lady have become the subject of media intrigue.

First Lady Melania Trump made a rare public appearance at the State Department in Washington to present at the International Women of Courage Awards.

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“As leaders, we must continue to work towards gender empowerment and respect for people from all backgrounds and ethnicities, remembering always that we are all members of one race, the human race," she said at Wednesday morning’s event. "Each one of us is uniquely different."

The night before, Trump, who is rarely seen and spends most of her time in Trump Tower's luxurious penthouse, was at a White House reception for senators.

She has made five appearances at official events in March. In February, there were only four.

Trump's third wife has said repeatedly that she’ll be moving to the White House when son Barron, 10, Barron Trump finishes private school in June. Until then, her public sightings have been so rare, even paparazzi have stopped looking for her.

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A recent Washington Post article was headlined: "Searching for the Reclusive and Elusive Melania Trump."

The article went on to point out: "The nation's new first lady approaches her role with a discernible reticence, her paucity of public appearances overshadowed by a vanishing act that stretches days on end."

Still, others say that Melania will go on to fill more duties in her role as first lady.

"I think if we be a little patient," Julianna Smoot, a former social secretary in the Obama White House, told Inside Edition. "I think you will see her being a little more involved, I don’t know that fore sure but that is how it was for Mrs. Obama."

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