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Melania Trump's Chief Strategist Will Reportedly Be a Former 'Vogue' Staffer

Stephanie Winston Wolkoff is the woman who once told a potential Met Gala guest, “no money, no come-y.”
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Stephanie Winston Wolkoff after a meeting at Trump Tower on Dec. 5, 2016. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Melania Trump may be a controversial figure amongst designers, but there's at least one fashion industry insider on her side: former Vogue staffer Stephanie Winston Wolkoff. Page Six reported that the new First Lady may be tapping Wolkoff, a longtime friend, as her chief strategist. Wolkoff worked for Vogue until 2009, where she was involved in working on the Met Gala — and famously told a prospective guest that the Gala rules were "no money, no come-y." After leaving the glossy, she worked as the founding fashion director at Lincoln Center before starting her own creative agency, which consulted for clients like the CFDA and IMG.

Though there's been no official confirmation of Wolkoff's position on Melania's staff as of yet, she's already been involved in Trump's political process as one part of a two-person team that planned the inauguration. If she does end up landing the chief strategist role, Wolkoff would be responsible for helping Melania interview candidates for other support positions like chief of staff, social secretary and communications chief.

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