Trump picks handbag designer, Mar-a-Lago member to be envoy to South Africa
15:25, Thursday, 15 November, 2018
President Donald Trump has nominated handbag designer Lana Marks to be the next US ambassador to South Africa. Marks, a Florida resident and member of Trump's exclusive Mar-a-Lago resort, according to a source familiar with the club, was born and raised in South Africa, where she attended the University of the Witwatersrand and the Institute of Personnel Management in Johannesburg, the White House said in a statement. Marks is photographed and quoted giving a warm testimonial on the website of Mar-a-Lago's official photographer, saying she had captured her daughter's wedding at the club "in a very special way." Marks is known for luxury handbags in exotic animal skins, such as ostrich and alligator, with prices that can hover above $19,000.