U.S. First Lady, Melania Trump, has threatened to sue an English language school in Croatia’s capital, Zagreb, after they used an image of her in a billboard advertisement. The billboard, which features a photo of Melania in front of a microphone at what appears to be a presidential event, has a slogan that reads, “Just imagine how far you can go with a little bit of English.” The billboard has been taken by many as a subtle dig to Melania’s command of the English language.
“I’m satisfied with the fact that the school admitted that they violated the law and that they are ready to remove the billboards and (Facebook) ads,” lawyer Natasa Pirc-Musar told the AP. “We are still analysing possible further legal steps.”
Ivis Buric, a spokeswoman for the school, American Institute, has apologized. She said the billboards were “misunderstood as something intended to mock the US first lady,” and said they were intended “to show her as a role model.”
Melania Trump was born in neighboring country, Slovenia. She left Europe for to pursue a career as a model when she was in her 20’s to the US, where she later met real estate developer Donald Trump at a New York Fashion Week party in 1998.
Buric further explained to CNBC that Trump was “the most recognized emigrant to the U.S. from this region,” and the billboard was not “some kind of political message” but rather “a conversation-starter, but nothing more than that.”