Little Known Facts About Melania Trump

What do we know about the United States’ First Lady? Melania Trump is among the quietest and enigmatic First Ladies we’ve ever seen in the White House in recent years. We obviously know a lot about her husband, Donald Trump, all thanks to his erratic tweets, but what about his wife? The media have watched Melania Trump since her husband’s inauguration in 2016 since she is married to one of the most controversial American presidents. Given Donald Trump’s unconventional approach to the presidency (to put it politely), it’s only natural that Mrs. Trump would give the first lady designation a whole new definition.

Unlike previous first ladies, FLOTUS Trump does not aim to use the influence of her position as First Lady for any particular purpose. In reality, she has no political objective at all, making her nothing more than a First Lady showpiece, and her indifference in American politics merits its own heading. Mrs. Trump has wholly disrupted the First Lady model by shunning political press coverage and publicly despising her husband’s presidential campaign. But it’s not the only thing that sets her apart from the other FLOTUSES we’ve met so far. As a result, we combed the internet for some intriguing and distinctive facts about Melania Trump that you might find interesting.

Born to Slovenian Nationals

Melania Trump is not originally an American citizen. She was born in a small town of Yugoslavia (now Slovenia) called Sevnica, about a one-hour drive from the Slovenian capital, Ljubljana. Amalija and Viktor Knavs had two children, both daughters, and Melania is the younger one. The town of Sevnica had only 5,000 residents, so during her early childhood, Melania’s exposure to the outside world was pretty restricted. At the time, Slovenia was called Yugoslavia, and the country was ruled by the Communist president Josip Tito.

Melania wasn’t born into a wealthy family. Her father was a cab driver and a traveling salesman. Her mother worked at a children’s clothing factory in Raka as a pattern-maker. Later on, Viktor joined the Communist Party in Sevnica primarily because he wanted to upgrade his lifestyle and make connections. He worked as the chauffeur for a nearby town’s mayor and a traveling salesman for a state-owned automaker. This strategy did pay him off as their family became financially stable. 

Melania’s Sister Ines Knavs

Melania Trump was born Melania Knavs. She has one sister, Ines Knavs. Born Melanija and Ines Knavs. They are the only two daughters of Amalija Ulčnik and Viktor Knavs. Ines was the maid of honor at her sister’s wedding with Donald Trump back in 2005. While Melania and her sister were young children, the Knavses lived in a tiny, 2-bedroom apartment. According to GQ magazine, they still own this house and visit it at least twice or thrice a year. 

The now 52-year-old creative artist lives in a Trump-owned flat in a building located on the Upper East Side. That’s the same building where Trump’s daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner lived before moving into their new mansion in Washington. Trump Tower is located only a couple of blocks away from this building. That’s where the former FLOTUS and her only child Barron Trump lived in a three-story penthouse. The family acquired US citizenship in 2018.

Sisters and Besties

It is reported that the siblings share a close bond. Audrey Gruss, Palm Beach philanthropist, told the New York Post that she met Ines at Melania and Trump’s wedding at Mar-a-Lago in 2005. Gruss says she found Ines as an extraordinarily creative and a lovely person. That perfectly describes her as the ex-FLOTUS’s sister is an artist and Melania often tweets her illustrations. 

“She really wanted to be in fashion but didn’t know how to break into it. Ines wasn’t like the other girls you would meet there, who behave like queens. She was really polite and very mellow.”

Melania Has a Half Brother

It is, although not widely reported. The fact is that Melania has a half-brother. So far, the former first lady of the USA has maintained that the news is fake. However, the news broke worldwide after GQ’s bombshell investigative report. The news outlet reported that Denis Cigelnjak, 52, is Melania’s father’s son who works at a supermarket in Slovenia. The report claimed that Denis longed to meet his father and sisters. Reportedly, Denis and Melania both share the same surname. Here’s the whole story as reported by GQ’s Julie Ioffe.

 “Like Donald Trump, Viktor Knavs is not just a hard-charging businessman with a penchant for real estate; he is also viciously litigious when it comes to the women in his life. Back when Viktor was a driver, before he married Melania’s mother, he met a young woman in town named Marija Cigelnjak. They dated for a while, and in September 1964, she told Viktor she was pregnant.” However, Viktor continually denied paternity, so Marija had to file a lawsuit. According to her testimony, Viktor did propose to her, but he changed his mind quickly and asked her to have an abortion because he had doubts over the child being his own. in May 1965, Denis was born, and 3 months later, Marija filed the lawsuit for child support.”Viktor continued to deny paternity—prompting the court to order a blood test. Based on its results, the court determined that Viktor was, in fact, the boy’s biological father,” Ioffe continued.

Melania’s Impeccable Fashion Sense 

In the 1970s, when Melania was a young child, she had a great fashion sense even then. Reportedly, Melania used to wear stylish clothes and did a catwalk at her mother’s clothing shop. She was always interested in modeling and stylish clothing. In fact, Melania used to knit sweaters for herself too. It doesn’t come as a surprise because she was born to a talented and skilled mother who worked as a children’s clothing designer. Melania told People back in 2016 that she always admired her mother’s designs.

 “I always loved fashion. My mother was a fashion designer, so it was always in my blood,” Melania added. Melania studied architecture at the University of Ljubljana. However, after about one year, she dropped out of college to pursue a career as a full-time model. It was during the 90s early when both Melania and Ines moved to Milan, Italy, where Melania started working as a fashion model while Ines got into fashion designing. While giving an interview to the New York Post, a Parisian photographer Ale de Basseville revealed that Ines initially struggled to get work

Becoming a Fashion Model

Professional photographer Stane Jerko first discovered Melania. He first saw her when the former model was just 16-years-old, waiting for her friend in a hotel lobby. Her friend was participating in a fashion show. Jerko revealed some details of his first meeting with Melania in an interview with Today.”It was January 1987 when I went home just before the end of the fashion show. On the stairs of the Festival Hall, I saw a girl that immediately caught my eye. There stood a tall, slender, and attractive long-haired girl with distinct eyes,” Jerko said.

So, he quickly hired her for a modeling gig. During her very first photoshoots, Melania brought her own outfits and came across as an up-and-coming model despite being reserved and quiet. Melania started working as a model at the age of 16, and when she was 18, a modeling agency in Milan signed her up. She got her big break when she was 22. Jerko stated that she got comfortable with the camera lens pretty soon and displayed enthusiasm. She was signed for a worldwide modeling agreement and was the runner-up in a famous Slovenian women’s magazine Jana’s “Look of the Year” competition. 

Making it Big in the USA

When Melania was working as a model in Italy, she changed her maiden name to its German version Knauss. Her agent, Paolo Zampolli, helped her strengthen her foothold as a model in Italy and then in the USA. Zampollini introduced Melania Knavs to her future husband, Donald Trump, in 1998, apart from shaping her career in the USA. By 2000, Melania had worked with almost all mainstream photographers, including Patrick Demarchelier and Helmut Newton. She had appeared on the covers of Vanity Fair in Italy and Harper’s Bazaar in Bulgaria.

Within seven weeks of her presence in the country, Melania was roped in for as many as ten modeling jobs for which she received $20,056. However, this later sparked controversy because she was legally entitled to find work and not work in the USA. Then she did the infamous nude shoot for GQ in 2000, which again put her in the center of another controversy. In fact, this particular shoot again came into the limelight when her husband, Donald Trump, was running for the presidency. however, regarding that shoot, Melania said that it was just another shoot and “nothing more than you see every year in Sports Illustrated.”

Appearing on Magazine Covers

Melania has graced the covers of almost all elite magazines, including Harper’s Bazaar, New York Magazine, In Style Weddings, Vanity Fair, Allure, GQ (UK), and Vogue, etc. She worked with all mainstream photographers in NY, such as Patrick Demarchelier, Mario Testino, and Helmut. After working as a model, she changed her surname from Knavs to its German version Knauss. When Melania was 18, she was signed by a modeling agency in Milan and was a runner-up in Jana Magazine’s Look of the Year contest. This contest was held in Ljubljana, and the top three winners were promised an international modeling contract.

Melania attended the University of Ljubljana for about a year and then focused all her attention on her modeling career. By 1995, Melania Knauss had modeled for almost all fashion houses in Milan and Paris. In 1995, she met the co-owner of Metropolitan Models, Paolo Zampolli, a friend of her future husband Donald Trump, and was on a scouting trip in Europe. He urged Melania to travel to the US and offered to represent her. So, in 1996, Melania moved to Manhattan, where she shared an apartment with photographer Matthew Atamian. It was located in Zeckendorf Towers in Union Square.

Donald Trump and Viktor Knavs Comparison

It does sound cliched, but it’s also a fact that most women want to marry men like their fathers. At least in the case of Melania Trump, this is quite true. People often refer to her as a trophy wife, given her beauty and her husband’s massive wealth. On the other hand, her father Viktor was a successful and wealthy businessman as well as a member of the Slovenian Communist Party. But the former model had plenty of her own wealth to flaunt along with worldwide fame and acclaim when she first met Donald at a party in 1996.

People also speculate that Melania married Donald Trump because he is quite similar to her father, and we don’t find it surprising at all. Sources claim that just like Trump, Knavs has a larger-than-life personality. He is a self-made man, and that’s the only difference between him and Donald as the latter inherited his wealth. But, Donald wasn’t one to sit back and enjoy the perks of the massive wealth his father left him brought. He spent his life acquiring companies and expanding his empire. Today, he’s much more successful and influential than his father. He reached the highest position in the country, and that’s no ordinary feat to achieve. Viktor was equally motivated to do well and become successful in life. He started as a cab driver and traveling salesman, and today, he’s among the most prominent business moguls in his country and beyond.

Donald Trump and Melania’s Parents Relationship

Like former FLOTUS Michelle Obama, whose mother used to live in the White House, Melania’s parents also took up residence in the White House soon after Donald Trump was sworn in. They decided to let the Knavs move in because Trump’s youngest son Barron was quite attached to his grandparents. So, Donald thought it would be great if the Knavs were around when he and Melania were away. When the Knavs weren’t in the White House, they spent their time at Trump residences in Florida and NYC.

Rumor has it that there have been some differences between Trump and Melania’s parents. Particularly related to their political views. Sources claim that Melania’s parents don’t really agree with their son-in-law’s political approaches. They even disagreed with Donald’s decision to run for the presidency. Still, they all share a close bond as Viktor and Amaljia regularly attended political events when Trump was in office and was seen stepping out of planes behind the Trumps. Melania used to attend fashion shows with her mother before they moved to Washington. It’s great that Donald has no issue with Melania’s parents being so ‘hyper-involved in Barron Trump’s life. The Knavs lived in the USA under green cards and were officially declared US citizens in August 2018. in her 2020 Republican National Convention speech, Melania thanked her parents publicly. She acknowledged their efforts in giving her a lifestyle that eventually led her to become the First Lady of the USA.

When Donald Trump Visited Slovenia 

In 2002, much before Melania and Donald tied the knot, the ex-POTUS made a short trip to Slovenia, the birthplace of his then-girlfriend Melania, who also accompanied Mr. Trump. The couple visited the small town for only three hours to meet Melania’s parents before their wedding. Years later, when Trump was the president and Melania the first lady, Slovenian President Borut Pahor invited them to visit, which Trump happily accepted. According to Pahor’s representative, Sepla Vovk, they met in Warsaw at the Three Seas Initiative meet-up. The Slovenian president gave the US president and his spouse an invitation to visit Slovenia. However, they didn’t set any specific dates at that time. “The Presidents did not set any dates or exact opportunity when the visit would take place,” Vovk stated.

Melania Knavs, whom we all know as Melania Trump, was born in Novo Mesto, Slovenia, and spent her childhood in the lush green town of Sevnica, featuring rolling hills, orchards, and castles. It is located at the intersection of Mirna and Sava Rivers. Melania received her education in the capital of Ljubljana and later moved to Rome and Paris before landing in New York.”I was born in Slovenia, a small, beautiful and then communist country in Central Europe. I am fortunate for my heritage, but also for where it brought me today,” Melania said at the Republican National Convention last summer.

Proficiency in Multiple Languages

Melania can speak multiple languages apart from her native Slovenian and English. Reportedly, she can fluently speak Serbian, Italian, French, and German. Her son Barron Trump can also speak Slovenian, French, and English, which is mainly due to the immense influence of his grandparents on his life. According to the Washington Post’s reporter’s biography of the ex-FLOTUS and other reports, she can actually speak so many languages proficiently. The author of The Art of Her Deal: The Untold Story of Melania Trump, Mary Jordan, started her own research and couldn’t confirm the extent of Melania’s language skills.  

Mary Jordan, the author of “The Art of Her Deal: The Untold Story of Melania Trump,” wrote that she couldn’t confirm the extent of Melania Trump’s language abilities independently. “I couldn’t find any videos showing her fluency in anything other than Slovenian and English. I asked the White House if they could point to any evidence, and they did not respond,” Jordan wrote in her book. She also claimed that Mrs. Trump was often seen relying on interpreters during her diplomatic visits to France and Italy. Moreover, videos of these visits revealed that Melania was more comfortable with universally known phrases and words like Ciao, Bonjour when she met European dignitaries. For your information, Melania isn’t the first FLOTUS to speak multiple languages as Pat Nixon was proficient in Spanish and Lou Hoover was well-versed with the Chinese language. 

Melania’s True Personality is Quite Different

We always see Melania as dressed to the nines and extremely polished whenever she makes a public appearance since she became Mrs. Trump. The fact is that since her marriage to Mr. Trump, we haven’t ever seen her without makeup. But, believe it or not, there was a time when she didn’t like to put on so much makeup or even get dressed up so regularly. However, once in May 2017, she did make an appearance without a trace of makeup. In Manhattan, NY, there was an event when she showed up dressed in a casual white tee shirt, white jeans, and a suede camel coat. 

But, many people don’t know that there’s a thing called fashion diplomacy. It refers to dressing up with a specific mission in mind. Generally, FLOTUSES adopt this kind of diplomacy to give subtle hints and messages through their outfit on some particular occasion. However, Melania Trump wasn’t the least bit like her predecessors. she had a style of her own, and she usually defied the long-upheld fashion diplomacy protocols. It wouldn’t be wrong to state that as a First Lady, she forged a different path. Her makeover is gradual as she now only wears tailored jackets, pantsuits, shift dresses, and ubiquitous court shoes. Typically, Melania Trump likes to pay homage to her host nation. She wore a red Dior outfit when she visited Paris, a sari-inspired Purple dress in India, and Jil Sanders’ designer suit in Germany.


Melania Trump stands at five feet and eleven inches in height, which is why she was such a famous model as this height is perfect from international standards. Mrs. Trump was one of the tallest FLOTUSES in the country and around the world. Michelle Obama is also among the taller First Ladies, and so was Eleanor Roosevelt. Both Mrs. Obama and Mrs. Roosevelt clocked in at the same height as Melania. But, one aspect that makes her different from the two former first ladies is that people consider her demeanor wooden, especially when she is with her husband.

Moreover, she is often pictured wearing oversized sunshades, obscuring a considerable area of her face. This had fed the conspiracy theory that Melania uses her body double in her public appearances. Another aspect that she garnered much criticism was her choice of attire. It is claimed that Melania wears pretty expensive clothing and usually gives the wrong message to the reporters. For instance, in 2017, she wore a £40,000 Dolce & Gabbana floral jacket, which made people speculate about her feelings towards Trump. Nevertheless, Melania has been a critical part of Trump’s political career. In 1999 during an interview on Larry King Live, the former POTUS stated that he was ready to marry Melania to compensate for the absence of a First Lady, and Melania said she was ready to marry Donald and become a typical first lady like Jackie Kennedy or Betty Ford.

When Melania Met Donald Trump

In 1996 Melania Knavs moved to NYC, and in 1998, she met her future husband Donald Trump at a Fashion Week party at Kit Kat Club. Later, when a reporter asked about her first impression of the business magnate, Melania said she wasn’t star-struck. At the time of this meeting, Trump was separated from Marla Maples, his then-wife, and attended a party with another date. Since they were destined to be together, Donald spotted Melania and asked for her phone number, a request she politely refused. Later on, she agreed to take Donald’s number. Back then, the real estate mogul had appeared in the first season of the Apprentice. In 2004, Trump formally proposed to Melania on the night of the Costume Institute Gala, and they tied the knot in 2005. 

Many high-profile celebrities attended the wedding, including Paul Anka, Billy Joel, Kelly Ripa, Matt Lauer, Barbara Walters, Shaquille O’Neil, Heidi Klum, Anna Wintour, Sean Combs, and Simon Cowell. They exchanged vows at Palm Beach. Melania was 34 years old back then, and Trump was 58. Melania is the second foreign-born FLOTUS after Quincy Adams’ wife, Louis Adams. However, according to The New Yorker, Louis Adams’ name cannot be counted in this list because “her father was an American and from a politically connected family that hopped back and forth between England and its newly liberated colonies.”

Melania Owns Two Engagement Rings

Melania Trump is no stranger to the finer things in life, even before getting married to Donald Trump or becoming the FLOTUS. And, these finer things include two gigantic engagement rings having a combined value of $9 million. After their initial courtship, Melania went to Mooma with Donald, and later the two separated. But this separation was short-lived as they reunited and got engaged. However, she did start enjoying the best of both worlds after meeting Donald. Her engagement ring was designed by Lawrence Graff, an acclaimed jewelry designer. According to Graff, the ring featured a 15-karat diamond and cost around $3 million. It doesn’t come as a surprise because Trump himself was a huge brand and could afford to splash out such an enormous amount on a ring.

“When Melania Trump got engaged in 2005, Donald Trump bought her a 15 carat, D Flawless, emerald cut diamond ring,” Tobias Kormind, managing director at 77Diamonds, told Express. Back then, Trump claimed that he received a 50% discount, but Graff denied this claim and stated that “we don’t sell items for publicity value.” Then in 2015, Donald presented Melania with another ring. This time, the diamond was mammoth, and the ring cost him almost $5 million. It was gifted to Melania by the ex-US president as a tenth-anniversary gift. The design of this ring is quite similar to the original engagement ring, but this one is much bigger. Graff also designed this second engagement ring, and it featured a massive 25-carat diamond. After Donald was sworn in in her official portrait for the White House, Melania is wearing this engagement ring.

Melania and Donald Trump’s Lavish Wedding

Their wedding remained the talk of the town for a long time because the event was glamorous and lavish. Celebs like Senator Hillary Clinton, Barbara Walters, former POTUS Bill Clinton, and Heidi Klum were among the attendees. Before their nuptials, the real estate mogul had already presented his Slovenian model Melania Knavs with a huge emerald-cut, which Laurence Graff designed. Still, he didn’t spare any expense on the actual wedding ceremony either. It is estimated that the wedding cost $1 million, but many claimed that the total expenditure was way more than this. in fact, rumor has it that Donald wanted to make his wedding to Melania the event of the year and had even given the nod to broadcast it on TV. However, Melania reportedly put her foot down and told him that she wanted it to be a private affair. 

The lavish wedding took place on Jan 22, 2005, at the Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach Fl., and a reception was held at Trump’s private Mar-a-Lago resort where guests were provided with a complimentary stay at the resort, and exclusively embroidered bathrobes with the initials of the guest’s name were presented to the attendees upon their arrival. According to Melania, everything was organized by her while her fiancé played golf instead of taking an interest in the arrangements. “I arranged everything. I made sure everything was exactly where it should be,” Melania told People magazine.

Wedding Arrangements

Melania and Donald Trump’s wedding was no less than the event of the year. Guests were treated to delicious meals managed by the well-known French chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten while different musicians and even celebs performed at the wedding. Such as Billy Joel performed a special version of The Lady is a Trump dedicated to the bride. Moreover, the bride-to-be had booked a whole orchestra, including bass, piano, drums, and saxophone. From the music world, Elton John, Simon Cowell, Tony Bennett, Paul Anka, Billy Joel, and Russell Simons joined the Trumps for the wedding. 

While Melania’s colleagues from the fashion world also were part of the festivities, including Vogue’s Anna Wintour, model Heidi Klum, and sports stars Shaquille O’Neal and Derek Jeter. And how can politicians stay away from such a lavish affair? It isn’t too surprising that Donald had connections almost everywhere in the country and beyond. Hence, the then-governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Mr. and Mrs. Clinton attended the wedding. Years later, Hillary Clinton ran against Trump in the 2016 presidential election. Ivanka Trump read a passage from Bible, and opera star Camella Johnson sang Nessun Dorma at the wedding. Reportedly, the bride herself requested Johnson to sing it. Afterward, the attendees headed to Mar-a-Lago for the reception, which took place in a ballroom that the Palace of Versailles inspires, and for the reception, it was decorated with 10,000 flowers shipped from NY.

Wedding Dress

Melania is a fashionista, so it goes without saying that her wedding gown was extravagant. It featured over 1,300 hand-stitched pearls and crystals, a 14-foot long, gorgeously designed train, and a 15-foot veil. She wore a diamond necklace and bracelets. Vogues featured her in a 12-page report on her $200,000 strapless wedding dress. But, maybe you don’t know that Melania wore two equally stunning and extravagant dresses on her wedding day. The second dress was a body-hugging Vera Wang gown with a knee-length slit, which she wore at the Mar-a-Lago reception.

On her big day, the former model looked spectacular in her Christian Dior wedding dress made with over 90 meters of silk and weighed over four stone. The dress was so heavy that Melania couldn’t properly walk in it. Still, she managed to land on the cover of Vogue magazine due to this beautifully designed wedding gown. Interestingly, Melania didn’t carry a bouquet, but a bespoke rosary beads set interlaced with flowers. Another thing that turned out to be a highlight of Melania and Trump’s wedding was the seven-tiered cake. People were stunned to see the five-foot-tall, two-meter-long, and 14 stone cake featuring gold and white orange sponge cake soaked in Grand Marnier and covered with over 2000 handspun sugar flowers. An elaborate rigging was used to hold it upright. The cake cost them $50,000.

Melania Acted in an Ad

Melania Trump made her acting debut in 2005. She featured in an advertisement for Aflac insurance where she acted with a duck. Melania was super excited for her acting debut and said that she hoped to become famous by saying Aflac just like her husband, who shot to fame by saying You’re Fired. Aflac is an insurance firm headquartered in Columbus, GA. According to Nielsen Monitor-Plus, Aflac spent $70 million in 2004 on marketing. This 30-sec black-and-white ad, aptly titled “Experiment,” is set in a laboratory while Mrs. Trump is strapped to a table and a duck is strapped to another.

In the ad, Melania switches personalities with the duck, and by the end, she wakes up and quacks Aflac. A mad scientist tells his assistant that he will transpose their voices only to “tell the world the benefits of Aflac with sex appeal!” The switch is thrown, and when the lights are back on, the voices have been exchanged. The duck wakes up and says, “If you’re hurt and can’t work, Aflac can help pay your bills with cash,” in a rather sultry voice, whereas Melania blurts “Aflac” in the very familiar duck voice rendered by Gilbert Gottfried.

US Citizenship

For your information, Melania is an immigrant in the USA. Melania became a naturalized US citizen in 2006 due to her unique ability to sustain national and international acclaim. She revealed that it was one of her primary priorities to follow the rules and process of obtaining US citizenship. Reportedly, Melania traveled back and forth to get approval and went through the green card obtaining process. After becoming a citizen, she could sponsor her parents, who also recently obtained green cards and became US citizens. This kind of immigration is called chain migration, which Trump tried relentlessly to reduce when he was in office.

Just like taxes, not all details of Melania’s immigration have been released to the public. Still, it is evident that the Slovenian model originally arrived in the US on a B1/B2 visa in 1996. It’s like a tourist visa that allows a person to enter America for tourism purposes and seek employment and give job interviews. Later in 1996, she got an H-1B visa. A key criterion for this visa was that the applicant should be a fashion model. This means Melania obtained a visit visa and gave job interviews, and when she got a job, she applied for an H-1B visa.

Baron William Trump’s Birth

Melania gave birth to Barron William Trump in 2006. Donald chose the baby’s name and his second name was Melania’s choice. Surprisingly, Melania never compromised upon her only son’s upbringing despite being filthy rich and a celebrity. She never appointed nannies. In 2013, when Melania was asked about expanding her family, she responded that she was happy with her two kids, a little one and a big one, but she didn’t rule out the probability of another child. She believes that spending time with your kids is crucial, which is why she hired a cook and assistant to manage other household chores while she focused on her son.

She proudly called herself a full-time mom and had no issues with her husband not being able to help her much with the baby. So, it was mostly a one-woman show. Now that Barron is taller than his parents, Melania still thinks that she has to guide him. But the close bond Melania and Barron share is pretty evident from almost all of their pictures. Body language experts claim that after analyzing their photos together, they can conclude that Melania has an immense influence on her son. 

Donald’s Responsibilities

Donald revealed in an interview in 2005 that he really loved kids but was not ready to take on the duties that come with a child except for being the breadwinner for the family. However, despite not spending a lot of time with his youngest born, Barron Trump, Donald seems to share a close bond with him. Though we notice that the father-son duo appears distant sometimes, Barron is way too close to his mother and grandparents. Melania has purposefully kept Barron away from the public eye. Almost all of his photo ops are brief and don’t reveal a lot about Barron’s personality.

On the other hand, Donald has been pretty hands-off with his children, especially Barron. He revealed a bit about his parenting style in a 2005 interview with Larry King, in which he revealed that, “I’m not going to be doing the diapers, I’m not going to be making the food, I may never even see the kids.” But, this entire scenario is completely fine with Melania. In an interview she gave to Parenting in 2012, Melania said that she wasn’t the least bit bothered about Donald not changing diapers.”It’s very important to know the person you’re with. And we know our roles,” Melania said 

Visit to the Vatican

Melania is the first Catholic FLOTUS in the history of the USA after Jackie Kennedy. A White House rep confirmed the news after the first lady visited the Vatican. Soon after the meeting between Pope Francis, and the Trumps, a lot of speculations were made about Melania’s religious status. She did ask the Pope to bless her rosary and prayed before a statue of the Virgin Mary. Another revelation that made headlines after her visit to the Vatican was that she was baptized secretly in Slovenia, just a few hours after being born. This caused havoc in the media as people started speculating about her faith. 

Just hours after the first lady’s visit with the Pope, her spokesperson, Stephanie Grisham, confirmed that Melania Trump was Catholic. At that time, Grisham didn’t reveal when and where she was baptized. It must be noted that during the 1970s, when Melania was born, Slovenia was part of the former Yugoslavia, and it was under the communist party rule, which forbade following any kind of faith and preferred an atheist society. So, baptisms weren’t allowed, and people had to baptize their children secretly. Interestingly, Melania’s religion remained a secret throughout Donald Trump’s presidential campaign while her husband regularly talked about his religious beliefs.

Melania Trump’s Jewelry Line

The most surprising aspect of Trump’s administration maybe his wife, who has played a conventional role in instilling decency in the office, caring for several charities, and avoiding controversy. Melania Trump is a businesswoman who established her own jewelry brand in 2010 in addition to being a successful model and a full-time mother. In 2019, the first lady’s net worth was reported to be US$50 million by the website Showbiz Cheat Sheet. How did she come by her wealth? Through her entrepreneurial endeavors. The former model, who is no stranger to stunning diamonds, established her watch and jewelry brand in 2010, five years after marrying Donald Trump.

Costume jewelry and designer timepieces with prices ranging from $30 to $200 were featured. Her on-camera demeanor was essential in the line’s success, which was marketed on the retail channel QVC. Melania would wear and show her creations on television, her charisma, and her inexpensive price range, making them immediately popular with suburban moms and young professionals. Melania’s designs reflected her sense of style and aesthetics. The elegant items were easy to wear and are daily masterpieces. Oversized gold-tone necklaces, fake diamond rings, and quartz timepieces are all part of the collection.

Charitable activities

Melania Trump is an American Red Cross ambassador. She is a member of a police athletic league. Melania has also collaborated with Love Our Children and Graham Dance Company on several occasions. Melania Trump’s humanitarian engagement is less substantial compare to that of past First Ladies. Even though she is personally active with several charities, her efforts are not as well-known as FLOTUS’. Melania Trump launched her program, “Be Best,” on May 7, 2018, emphasizing three major goals: well-being, combating opioid misuse, and social media positivity. She stated her case: “I feel strongly that as adults, we can and should be best at educating our children about the importance of a healthy and balanced life.”

The first lady spoke out in June 2018 about the contentious subject of children being separated from their parents after entering the Mexican border unlawfully. Although her husband accused Democrats of legislation that allegedly required such measures, it was part of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ zero-tolerance policy for illegal immigration. “Mrs. Trump despises seeing children separated from their families and wishes that all sides of the spectrum can finally work together to accomplish meaningful immigration reform,” her spokesman, Stephanie Grisham, said in a statement. “She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart.”

Second Non-Native FLOTUS 

Melania Trump is the second First Lady of the United States who was not born in the United States and the first from a communist country. Yugoslavia was her birthplace. Louisa Adams, a London native, served as the first foreign first lady of the United States from 1825 until 1829. Louisa was a London native. Melania Trump became the first foreign-born first lady of the United States since Louisa Adams, John Quincy Adams’s wife. She was born in London.

As he prepared to take office, Donald informed reporters that Melania and his son Barron would remain in New York City. At the same time, he moved into the White House, enabling Barron to finish the school year at his private school on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Melania and Barron eventually joined the President in the White House in June 2017. Whether she wanted to live in the White House or not, the first lady went all out for her first holiday season there. On November 27, 2017, she showed off her Christmas decorations, which included Balsam fir trees covered with “icicles” and decorated with glass ornaments bearing the seals of each state and territory. According to reports, the showcase was put together with the help of 150 volunteers from 29 different states.

Melania Trump Stays Out of the Public Eye

Melania Trump stayed out of the spotlight as much as she could throughout Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. This was unusual for the media and the public, as first, women are usually seen campaigning with their husbands. 

On the other hand, Melania Trump is unlike any of the past First Ladies. She prefers to avoid political media attention, even though the media loves to cover her.

Melania’s code name in the Secret Service

The USSS refers to Melania as ‘Muse.’ Although secret names are no longer required in today’s world, they have remained part of the tradition. Michelle Obama was once regarded as Renaissance, and Hillary Clinton was known as Evergreen.

All former United States presidents and the first lady will have a lifetime of secret service detail protection. Barron Trump who was fifteen at the end of the Trump administration will have secret service detail protection until his sixteenth birthday which is March, 2022.

Relocation to the White House

Melania Trump relocated into the White House five months after her husband’s inauguration, unlike her predecessors. Many speculated that Melania’s delay was due to her unwillingness to carry out her responsibilities.

On the other hand, Trump stated that it was for Barron to finish fifth grade in New York. Barron is said to own an entire level of Donald Trump’s three-story Manhattan penthouse.

Melania’s mastery of the English language

Melania Trump is the number one first Lady whose first language isn’t English. Melania Trump is said to dislike giving public remarks because of her heavy accent. “In contrast to the privations that so many suffered in Communist times, the Knavses lived well,” GQ reported. Melania’s mother was known far and wide for her “impeccable” dressing. GQ describes that even during “lean” times, Amaljia was almost “always impeccably dressed and perfectly coiffed.”

 Her father was a card-carrying member of the party and wasn’t an active member. But he quickly amassed a considerable fortune. Soon enough, his car collection comprised several Mercedes sedans and a Maserati.

Donald Trump’s third wife

She is also the only FLOTUS who is a POTUS’s third wife. Ivana Trump was Donald Trump’s first wife. In 1992, they divorced. Then, until 1999, Trump was married to Marla Maples.

Speaking about her position as First Lady, Melania Trump said she would be conventional and supportive, similar to Jackie Kennedy and Betty Ford. Melania Trump was not very enthused about Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, claiming that it was not her desire. Her husband’s ambition was to become President.

Melania Trump’s differences with Donald Trump

Melania Trump has always stated that she has her own views on various issues and that she does not always agree with Donald Trump on everything. Trump started her primary initiative in 2018 called Be Best. Be Best initiative’s goal is to prevent children and teenagers from cyberbullying and drug addiction. During the introduction of the Be Best initiative, Melania Trump stated that cyberbullying was a key issue she wanted to address as FLOTUS.

Do I agree with everything he says? No. I have my own opinions too, and I tell him that. Sometimes he takes it in and listens, and sometimes he doesn’t. But it is who he is. I don’t want to change him. He’s an adult. He knows what the consequences could be.

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Relationship with the White House Staff

When Melania Trump moved in, the White House staff immediately loved her and formed a relationship. She was unlike the previous FLOTUS in her attitude to the crew, which was evident in how she treated them with respect and appreciation.

Perhaps one of the most controversial accomplishment that Melania did was re-doing the Rose garden at the White House. Melania did a beautiful job redesigning the garden landscape by replacing tulips and adding more rose bushes. However, for her to completely removed all the cherry trees (Japan’s national treasure) in the Rose garden that was gifted to the White House in 1912 from Japan was a huge disappointment.

Donald and Melania Trump’s Relationship

Melania and Donald, according to White House sources, do not spend much time together. It’s also been said that they don’t share a room.

Trump appreciated Melania’s attitude toward the spotlight, which he enjoyed after his previous two unsuccessful marriages. Donald Trump said that his marriage to Melania Trump is entirely stress-free since they have never argued because they are so well-matched.

Personality Qualities

Melania Trump is one of they most private public figure the White House has ever had. She has been described by those close to her as soft-spoken yet assertive. Melania loves to attend parties and social events but she is also someone who will leave the gatherings early. She does not consume alcohol in the same way that her spouse does. She also dislikes making jokes about Donald Trump’s hairdo or political ideas in any form. Melania is all about healthy eating and healthy living.

I didn’t make any changes. A lot of people say I am using all the procedures for my face. I didn’t do anything. I live a healthy life, I take care of my skin and my body. I’m against Botox, I’m against injections; I think it’s damaging your face, damaging your nerves. It’s all me. I will age gracefully, as my mom does.

Melania Trump

Public interest

Melania Trump is unlike any of the past First Ladies. Her decision to split her time between the White House and New York while avoiding media appearances has attracted the public’s interest.

Her “Be Best” campaign was her pet project that unfortunately didn’t amount to much to prevent cyber bullying. The irony is that half of the country thinks that her husband was the biggest internet bully that held the Commander In Chief.

Breaks protocol

Melania Trump defied convention by arriving in the US Capitol separately from her husband and instead with her visitors on the day of the President’s State of the Union speech.

Melania beats to her own drum. Most people that Donald married a model because he wanted a trophy wife. Melania is definitely more than just a pretty face. She has a mind of her own and has a way of navigating Donald like no other previous wives had.

Her Educational Qualifications

Despite the fact that the First Lady only studied architecture for a year, she is included in the University of Ljubljana’s alumni section. She is the number one First Lady without a college diploma.

During Trump’s campaign, the question of Melania’s education was often raised because Trump’s biography said that Melania began modeling after finishing her degree. In truth, she had dropped out of university after only a year. Her biography was consequently deleted from the website.

FLOTUS’ Transition

The First Ladies’ transition is generally seamless and amicable. Laura Bush has offered Michelle Obama her assistance in any situation. When Melania Trump moved to the White House, Michelle Obama extended the same courtesy to her.

Michelle Obama stated in 2018 that Melania Trump has never reached out to them in any way. The White House remarked that the First Lady was an independent lady establishing her own imprint as FLOTUS and that anytime she needed guidance, a competent staff was on hand to help her.

Renegotiating her marriage contract

Melania Trump’s prenuptial agreement was re-negotiated with newly elected President Trump when reports of adultery appeared during the Presidential campaign, which delayed her relocation to the White house for like six months, according to Mary Jordan’s new book about her, which was released in June 2020.

Melania stated at the time that she needed to stay in New York to care for Barron until the conclusion of his school year. Melania reportedly made sure that Barron inherited equal amounts of the Trump money as the other three Trump children in the new prenuptial agreement.

NFT:  “Melania’s Vision” 

On December 17, 2021 Melania Trump launched a personal line of her own NFT (non-fungible tokens) images. This is the first time in modern history that any Former First Lady of the United States or anywhere else in the world has dipped into the NFT world using blockchain technology. This first NFT will be sold for one Sol crypto (which is equivalent to $185.22 at the time of this offer).

 “… excited for this new venture, which combines my passion for art and commitment to helping our Nation’s children fulfill their own unique American Dream.”

“…assist children aging out of the foster care system by way of economic empowerment and with expanded access to resources needed to excel in the fields of computer science and technology,” 

“My vision is: Look forward with inspiration, strength and courage.”

Melania Trump
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