She is still not regarded as a lady of elegance, rather than looked down upon as the young arm-candy of an old multi-billionaire. But like her or not, Melania Trump IS the official FLOTUS now. Let’s have a look at this new First Lady of The United States, who was a model by profession and is the third wife of President Donald Trump.
1. She was born in Sevnica, which is now in Slovenia but was then part of Yugoslavia. Her name was originally Melanija Knavs but she found fame as a model under the name Melania Knauss.
2. She began modelling at 16. Photographer Stane Jerko spotted her as a 17-year-old in Ljubljana as he left a fashion show, and invited her for a trial photoshoot. Her shoot with acclaimed Jerko catapulted her into the spotlight, leading to a contract with Italian model agency ID in Milan aged 18, and went on to work in Paris too. She graced the world’s catwalks and magazines, appeared naked on the front of British GQ magazine, in a shoot on Trump’s customised Boeing 727 featuring Melania wearing handcuffs, wielding diamonds, and holding a chrome pistol. She also appeared in the 2000 swimsuit edition of Sports Illustrated.
3. Melania now runs a jewellery business, selling her products on shopping channel QVC. She has joked that after looking after her son and running her business, her husband is her third job.
4. Melania was 28 when she met Trump in 1998 at a party thrown by Zampolli at the Kit Kat Club in Manhattan. Trump was there with Norwegian cosmetics heiress Celina Midelfart but made a beeline for Melania and asked for her number. But, because he had a date, she refused to give it to him – and instead asked the billionaire for his.
5. Married twice before, Trump proposed at the glitzy Costume Institute Gala in New York and they married January 2005 at The Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach, Florida. Given the engagement ring was a $2million Graff diamond number dubbed ‘Lord of the Rings’, it’s no surprise the big day itself was also an extravagant affair. The bride wore a £140,000 dress made by British designer John Galliano, then partied the night away at her new husband’s palatial Mar-a-Lago estate in a second gown by Vera Wang. The reception was attended by presidential rival Hillary Clinton and her former President husband Bill.
6. In 2000 when Trump considered a run for office, Melania was asked what kind of role she would play if he ever became commander-in-chief. “I would be very traditional like Betty Ford or Jackie Kennedy,” she replied.
7. Her campaign outfits were an exercise in modesty. Playing the dutiful wife was a role she embraced whole-heartedly and she dressed down accordingly as expensive furs, thigh split dresses and revealing outfits were put to the back of the wardrobe.
8. Donald Trump has confirmed Melania will initially be staying at home in New York with their son Barron while he finishes school. The 10-year-old is a fourth grader at Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School and the family want to keep disruption to a minimum.