After becoming the first lady of the United States, Melania Trump is always under the watchful eye of the public and media.

What she wears can have an enormous impact too and it seems that one of her fashion passions from long before the Trump name entered politics, is over.

On several occasions, Melania Trump has been spotted wearing fur at fashions weeks and boutique store openings, often with her husband, Donald Trump.

However, the first lady's office has confirmed that those days have come to an end. "She does not wear fur," Stephanie Grisham, Trump's East Wing communications director told CNN.

This revelation came after a Twitter post by animal rights activist and Playboy Playmate Pamela Anderson, who showed a photo of a "thank you" note from Melania Trump, acknowledging a gift Anderson sent her following Trump's January inauguration.

Anderson's gift was a faux lamb fur coat with vegan belt that was made by Russian faux fur company, Only Me, and accompanied it with a letter saying in part: "I am so happy that you chose not to wear fur! As first lady, you will help set style trends, and by remaining compassionate with your choices, you will warm the hearts of many."

Peta (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) praised the first lady, outlining her support for the organisation in recent years.

"Melania first attended a Peta fashion show years ago that featured one of her favourite designers, Marc Bouwer, a longtime Peta supporter who uses no fur, leather or exotic skins in his collections," Dan Mathews, Peta senior vice president, said in a statement.

It remains unclear when exactly that Mrs Trump stopped wearing fur.