Melania Trump’s former aide ‘proud’ of work on inauguration

A defiant Stephanie Winston Wolkoff is reemerging on the society scene amid her Trump inauguration scandal — and the Vogue alum told Page Six that she’s “extremely proud” of the work she did on the event, insisting that she did “everything as it should have been done.”

Melania Trump and Stephanie Winston Wolkoff in 2006.
Melania Trump and Stephanie Winston Wolkoff in 2006.Getty Image

The former aide to Melania Trump was unceremoniously booted from the East Wing in February 2018 after a backlash over reports that claimed her company had been paid nearly $26 million for her work on the January 2017 event.

(Wolkoff said at the time the firm had only been paid $1.62 million.)

She’s since been largely out of the public eye, but a couple weeks ago she appeared at a philanthropic event at a Lauder mansion, and then on Friday showed up at the UN Women for Peace Association’s annual awards luncheon — whose board of directors she’s on.

In the months after she was fired, Town & Country published an article chronicling Wolkoff’s “rise and fall.”

When we asked her if she felt she’d “fallen,” Wolkoff — who’s helping the UNWFPA to collaborate with the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence — told us, “I think there [were headlines] heard around the world that [were] totally misleading.”

She added, “All I will say about that is that I stand true to myself as I am and as I have always been. I am proud of the work that I did on the inauguration — extremely proud — and as I have always done, I do everything the way it’s supposed to be done, and I stand tall, and whatever comes may come.”

She also said she refused to let the media circus interfere with her philanthropic work.

The UNWFPA handed out awards to Ben Stiller, Leslee Udwin, Naeem Khan and Albert and Deidre Pujols. The organization aims to end violence against women and children.

Meanwhile, Michael Cohen was seen lunching at Freds at Barneys on Friday, sources told us, despite being grilled by Congress for three days last week.

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