Trump nominates handbag designer Lana Marks as ambassador to South Africa

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The US President Donald trump was offered the post of Ambassador to South Africa, Lana, banks is a designer of women's handbags and founder of the company producing and selling luxury accessories. One of her most expensive creations is a $400,000 clutch.

Relations between South Africa and the United States have been tested this year after Trump said farmers were being forced off their land and many of them killed. Marks, from Palm Beach, Florida, will still need approval from the Senate. According to a White House press release, Marks does have a considerable tie to the country, though she now resides in Palm Beach near Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort, where she is a member.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Marks has represented the U.S.at a business forum in Finland, and her website claims she served on the Women's Leadership Board at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

What is her connection to Trump?

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President Donald Trump is handing another USA ambassadorship to a member of his Mar-a-Lago resort that costs $200,000 to join.

Like Trump, Marks's father was a real estate developer.

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Another interesting quirk she shares with the President: The letter "J". Marks is not now listed as a member on the board's website.

According to the White House statement, Marks was born in South Africa and educated at the University of the Witwatersrand and the Institute of Personnel Management in Johannesburg.

Marks launched her eponymous handbag label after she was unable to locate a red alligator handbag to match the suit she planned to wear aboard the royal yacht Britannia for Queen Elizabeth II's birthday celebration in 1984, according to her website.

She also writes that the late Princess Diana was a fan of her collection, choosing her bags for special occasions. The designer's website features photos of celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston carrying her goods and says her accessories have become a favorite among "royalty and entertainment style makers".

So is this all official?

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