Melania Trump has become a household name ever since her husband, Donald Trump, became the president of the United States. The former model has an unmissable striking beauty but there is more to Melania than just a pretty face. Ever since Trump’s announcement to run for president, the media focused their attention on the mogul’s lovely wife. Several publications have been made about her aloofness, her silence, and absence throughout most of Trump’s campaign trips. However, people should seek to know more about the budding First Lady before judging her life through the media’s lens.
Melania Trump was born on April 26, 1970, in Sevnica. Sevnica is a small town in Slovenia with a population of about 5,000 people. The town may be small but it is mentioned in history as early as 1217 AD, which was 275 years before Christopher Columbus discovered America. Melania was born Melanija Knavs but she later changed her name to Melania in a bid to advance her modelling career. Melania was born during the tough communist times of the Slovenian country but her parents worked hard enough to provide for her and her siblings. Melania has one sister named Ines, and a half-brother from her father’s previous relationship, whom she has never met.
Melania’s father, Viktor Knavs, worked as the chauffeur to the mayor at the time he met Melania’s mother, Amalija Ulcnik. Viktor then changed jobs to become a car parts salesman. The family had a membership to the Communist Party and as such, they enjoyed having access to foreign. Melania’s mother Amalija was a pattern maker for a local children’s clothing manufacturing company. As such, she exposed Melania to the fashion world from the early age of 5 years when she started modelling as a child. Melania took interest in her mother’s work and often drew designs, which her mother would transform into clothing for her and her sister to wear.
Viktor Knavs worked had enough to build his family a house on the banks of Sava River in Sevnica. The family later moved to Ljubljana and maintained the home as a weekend getaway since Melania and her sister studied in the city. Melania’s modelling career started taking shape at the age of 16 when she met Stane Jerko, a Slovenian fashion photographer, on the staircase of a fashion show. The photographer approached Melania and proposed having a photo shoot with her. Melania called Stane after a week and took the first set of photos. Her second set of photos convinced the photographer that Melania was ideal model material.
Achieving the American Dream
In 1992 at the age of 22, Melania was the runner-up in the “Look of the year” contest, which offset her modelling career. She started looking for work in Paris and Milan and landed and modelling contract in Milan. However, Melania’s passion was in design hence she applied to the University of Lbuljbana where she studied design and architecture for a year before dropping out. Melania moved to New York in 1996 to pursue her modelling interests when she got an American modelling contract. Her modelling career was met with challenges since agencies thought she was too old for the industry at the time. However, her resilience stood the test of time and her big break landed her on covers of magazines such as Vogue, Elle, Sports Glamour, and Vanity Fair.
With her modelling career in high gear, Melania Trump met her future husband in 1998 during a New York Fashion Week party. Notably, Donald Trump had shown up to the party with a date but his interests were piqued upon meeting Melania. The talked and upon asking for her contacts, she declined and instead opted to take Donald Trump’s contacts. The ever enthusiastic Trump presented her with all his numbers including personal and business contacts and she contacted him a week later. Donald Trump was intrigued by Melania who unlike many girls, did not swoon over his wealthy status. In fact, Melania confesses that she did not know about the business mogul until she met him that night at the party. Their instant connection was the beginning of a bright future.
Melania and Donald Trump got married in a lavish wedding and their union led to the birth of their son, Baron. The media has often come out to judge the relationship between Melania and Donald Trump harshly for starters due to their age difference. Additionally, the media and society at large criticise their relationship by calling Melani a trophy wife who seems unhappy in her marriage. However, the people close to Melania reveal that she is just a lady with strong traditional values. Her shy nature contributes to the fact that she does not show her affection publicly and why she chose to steer clear of Donald Trump’s presidency campaign. Melania Trump’s parents taught her to uphold strong values about marriage and family, which she lives by to date.
When Melania met Trump, she had no idea that she will be the future First Lady of US. She is the second foreign first lady of the US after Louisa Adams, who was born in London. Melania reveals that she supported her husband’s bid for the presidency after advising him to make the decision with much caution. Melania’s duty as a first lady is not any different to her predecessors. She is an avid contributor and supporter of charities such as The American Red Cross, the Boys Club of New York, the Martha Graham Dance Company, and the Police Athletic League. Her philanthropic interests entail helping women and children.
Melania achieved the complete American Dream when she attained full citizenship in 2006. The shy girl from Slovenia has definitely come a long way from the days of pursuing a modelling career to accomplishing a successful modelling career and eventually becoming the First Lady of the US. Nothing has come easy for the beauty queen who worked hard to accomplish her dreams. Melania Trump’s interests in design came to life when she launched her jewellery line QVC that has had quite a successful streak. The jewellery line sold out in 45 minutes on its first day in the market.
Melania Trump has had quite an interesting journey of growth, challenges, and success. Her focus remains on raising her son and maintaining her family with Donald Trump. She is a unique first lady and the world cannot wait to experience her accomplishments.