Melania Trump is beautiful, but she’s also successful and important!
Melania was born in the Socialist Republic of Slovenia, a part of Yugoslavia, on April 26, 1970 as Melanija Knavs. Her father managed car dealerships for the state-owned vehicle manufacturer, and her mother was a patternmaker at a children’s clothing manufacturer. She attended the Secondary School of Design and Photography in Ljubljana, and later studied at university for only a year.
She began modeling at age 5, and later appeared in commercials at 16 years old. Melania signed a contract with a modeling company in Milan, Italy when she was 18, and later would model for fashion houses in Milan and Paris. In 1996, Melania obtained a one-year visa to work in the United States and subsequently four times returned to Slovenia every year to reobtain her visa. Currently she is fluent in 6 languages: her native tongue, Slovene, as well as Serbo-Croatian, Italian, French, German, and English.
Though her career might suggest Melania is a rich partygoing socialite, her colleagues and friends tell a different story. From CBS News:
In a 2005 interview with The New York Post, Paolo Zampolli, the president of ID Models recalled: “It was unusual for her to go out; she never went to clubs or bars… She never dated anyone in New York before Donald. She only went to movies by herself and to the gym.
“This is a woman who modeled for Camel cigarettes on a huge billboard in Times Square but stayed home all the time,” Zampolli added. “She was not a party girl.”
But how did the successful model meet the famous business mogul Donald Trump? From Romper:
Picture a Fashion Week party, hosted by the founder of a model management agency, in November 1998. Donald Trump spots Melania Knauss across the room. “I saw Melania and I said, ‘Who is that?’” Trump told People. “She was a very successful model. She was terrific. I tried to get her number, and she wouldn’t give it to me.”
The story is almost a classic rom-com beginning, except for one thing: he had already arrived at the party with a date. “I had heard he was a ladies’ man, and so I said, ‘I’m not one of the ladies,’” Melania told People. “He said later that he sent her [his date] to the ladies’ room so he could get my number. I was like, ‘Oh what a sneaky way!’”
She wouldn’t give him her number, but she said she would take his. According to Harper’s Bazaar, Trump gave Melania all of his phone numbers: to his office, to his New York apartment, to his Mar-a-Lago estate. A few days later, she called him, and the two went out to Moomba, a celebrity hotspot at the time. “I was struck by his energy,” she told Harper’s Bazaar. “He has an amazing sense of vitality.”
In essence, Melania is so much more than the trophy wife the media would like you to believe she is. Rather than engage in a hedonist or materialist lifestyle which her wealth could afford, Melania is intelligent, poised, and dignified in both her professional and personal life, having amassed her wealth before marrying Donald in 2005. She gained citizenship in 2006 and gave birth to her son Barron William Trump that year.
Melania Trump designed her own line of jewelry, titled “Melania Timepieces & Fashion Jewelry,” sold on QVC. In March 2013, Melania added a skin care line called “Melania™ Caviar Complexe C6.
Melania also seriously subscribes to the value of family and traditional roles. Neither she nor her husband drink or smoke, and she has claimed in a past interview that she wishes to espouse the traditional conservative character previously embodied by former First Lady Jackie Kennedy. She maintains by her lifestyle that her loyalty as a wife and mother does not conflict with her independence as a person.
“Nobody controls me. I travel with my husband when I can,” she says, “when I know that I can go, and I know that my son is okay alone for a few days with the help.”
In this respect, she is just like her husband. She’s alluringly opaque. She makes meaningful eye contact and emphatically repeats affirmative, folksy banalities—she “has a thick skin,” she takes things “day by day,” she follows the news “from A to Z”—until the interviewer either is transported into a supra-verbal understanding or decides it’s pointless to press for specifics. But unlike her husband, Melania is reserved, polite, and steady, say those close to her. “There is a peace in her,” one old friend from Slovenia tells me. She is a homebody. She’s rich, but not a socialite; she prefers family to the It set and retires early after events.
She will be a trendsetter for years to come both as a wife and mother.
Melania is the second foreign-born First Lady. As of now, she will not be moving to the White House with her husband to stay with her son through his schooling. She is active in the American Red Cross. As First Lady, Melania Trump is taking up the cause against bullying both in schools and online, having herself largely retired from social media.
“I want my little boy to know that he’s blessed to be born in a country that values individual freedom and constitutional democracy,” she said. “I want our children in this country and all around the world to live a beautiful life, to be safe and secure, to dream freely of love and a family of their own some day. We need to teach our youth American values: kindness, honesty, respect, compassion, charity, understanding, cooperation.”
Say what you will about her husband, but Melania Trump is a strong example for a beautiful, independent, and successful woman who never allows her career to compromise her love for family. She is proud to be a mother and wife, and will serve the country in the East Wing of the White House for the next 4 years.
We all wish her and the Trump family peace and strength as the First Family of the United States of America.