When Donald Trump won the US presidential election in 2016, it was certain, among other things, that America would have a First Lady like no Melania Trump. Just like her husband, she was not the “normal” kind of political figure, her background and history made sure of that.
It is difficult to ignore the shadow cast by her husband, Donald Trump, whose larger-than-life personality is obvious. Sometimes it takes a conscious effort to remember that there is a Melania Trump in the White House. She has proved that she is not the typical First Lady that most Americans have become accustomed to over the years, involved in the controversy, unfairly attacked, and criticized, but she is ultimately still her own wife.
Melania Trump Bio
She was born on 26 April 1970 in Novo Mesto in the then communist Yugoslavia (in today’s Slovenia). At the time of her birth, she was called Melanija Knavs. She grew up in a modest environment and lived in a block of flats in Sevnica, which lies in the lower Sava valley. Her family later moved to a two-story house in Sevnica.
She attended grammar school at the College of Design in Ljubljana, Slovenia, while living in a high-rise apartment in Ljubljana. Later she enrolled at the University of Ljubljana to study architecture and design but dropped out after a year.
Since she always wanted to become a model, Melania started working with Stane Jerko, a fashion photographer from Slovenia, at the age of sixteen. At eighteen she signed with a model agency in Milan. When she started modeling, she transcribed her surname “Knavs”, which is Slovenian, into a more German “Knauss”.
In 1992 Melania was named runner-up in the “Look of the Year” competition in Ljubljana by the magazine “Jana”. While still modeling in Milan, she did the same for fashion houses in Paris, and it was during this time that she met Paolo Zampolli, co-owner of Metropolitan Models, who convinced her to move to the United States.
In 1996 Melania came to New York and became a quite successful model, working with photographers like Helmut Newton and Patrick Demarchelier. She has been on the covers of several popular magazines such as Vogue, Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar, Front, and GQ. During this time she changed her name to Melania Knauss. Besides skincare products she also has her own label for designer watches.
Height, Weight, Body Measurements
Before she became the First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump was once a glamour model, so there are no surprises how well she has kept in shape over the years. Her body measurements are as follows: She is six feet tall and weighs 165 pounds. Her bra size is 34D and her cup size is D. Her shoe size is 10 (US) and dress size 6 (US). Her life statistics are 38-26-37.
Melania first met Donald Trump in 1998 at a party during Fashion Week in New York, hosted by Donald’s friend and Italian businessman Paolo Zampolli. At that time Donald had already separated from his second wife, Marla Maples.
They began to meet and became engaged in 2004 and on January 22, 2005, Melania married Donald Trump at the Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach, Florida. The reception took place at Trump’s estate “Mar-a-Lago”. Fast forward to twelve months later, Melania gave birth to her first child and Donald Trump’s fifth, Barron William Trump.
A major pillar of the Trump presidency was controversy, some of which dealt with the President’s inappropriate behavior toward women and in some cases accusations of total infidelity. In the midst of all the apparent turmoil, the First Lady managed to keep up appearances and thus put to rest any rumors of an impending divorce.
Melania was born in a modest Slovenian family home. Her father, Viktor Knavs, came from a town near Novo Mesto, Radice, he ran both a car and motorcycle dealership, and her mother, Amalija Knavs, came from the village of Raka, she earned her living making clothes for children at a manufacturer called Jutranjka in Sevnica.
Melania was not her parents’ only child, she has a sister, Ines Knauss, and a half-brother, Denis Cigelnjak, from a previous relationship with her father. Melania Trump and Denis do not seem to speak to each other, as she had previously denied his existence. Her family currently lives in the USA.