Army staff sergeant who danced with Melania Trump at inauguration ball pays tribute to the ‘incredible’ First Lady.
The American solider who had the privilege of dancing with the First Lady at The Salute to Our Armed Services Ball has revealed what they spoke about while cutting the rug together.
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jose Medina, 29, of Puerto Rico, is the lucky service member who had the chance of lifetime to dance with Melania Trump on Friday night during the event that was hosted at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC.
Medina, who has served in both Iraq and Afghanistan, said it was an ‘honor’.
‘It’s incredible. Obviously it was a great privilege and honor to get the chance to dance with the First Lady,’ he told Inside Edition.
Medina also shared that the 46-year-old former model congratulated him on being selected to dance with her.
‘She [was] just saying hi to me, congratulating me on being selected, and I just told her that she was beautiful and that she had a beautiful family, and she smiled at that,’ he recalled.
‘She was just trying to get to know me. Behind the scenes, she wanted to talk to me more.’
While the two slow danced, Medina asked the mother-of-one if he could twirl her, to which she replied ‘of course’ with a smile.
‘So I did it and then the crowd went crazy,’ Medina said with a wide smile.
The soldier also shared that the First Lady seemed slightly nervous when they first hit the dance floor, but became more comfortable after time.
‘She was nervous,’ Medina said. ‘I don’t think she was ready for all of that attention.’
During the event, the 46-year-old dazzled in an ivory, off-shoulder gown that she helped co-create with designer Herve Pierre.
While sporting the column gown with an organza ruffle featured a crimson waist ribbon, she opted for minimal accessories and styled her hair in loose waves around her shoulders.
The first lady helped design the silk gown with Pierre, who was the former creative director of Carolina Herrera. During his time with the designer, he dressed a number of other first ladies including Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush and Michelle Obama.