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The White House has a full-time staff stylist, thanks in part to Anthony Scaramucci

The Trump White House did not have a hair and makeup staffer until Anthony Scaramucci, during his 11 days as communications director, gave professional stylist Katie Price a shout-out on CNN, saying to Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders: "Sarah, if you're watching, I loved the hair and makeup person we had on Friday. ... So I'd like to continue to use the hair and makeup person." President Trump dropped Scaramucci but hired Price full-time, thanks in part to Scaramucci's on-air praise, Politico reports. Now Price is on the White House payroll, bearing the title "production assistant"; officials declined to tell Politico her salary before it becomes public next summer.

Before joining the White House staff, Price's clients included CNN, Russia Today, and Meredith Vieira, according to her business website and LinkedIn bio, both of which she apparently deleted after Politico started asking about her background. She mainly does hair and makeup for Sanders, Kellyanne Conway, and any other White House official going on camera, "with some notable exceptions," Politico says: "She doesn't touch the president or other members of the Trump family."

The Obama White House did not have a government-funded stylist — though it also "never employed a female press secretary," Politico notes — and neither did the Clinton administration. Former President George W. Bush put makeup artist Lois Cassano on the payroll from the beginning, though, like Price, she also handled other staff duties like managing the press and answering phones.

Price "appears to be enjoying the unique position in which she has found herself," Politico says. "On social media, she often posts portraits of herself attending public events in the Rose Garden, often filed under hashtags like #LoveMyJob, #TaxCuts, and #Blessed." Sanders calls Price "a great addition to the team," praising "her talent and her support of what we're doing. You don't want someone who doesn't support what we're doing or want to be here." Read more at Politico.