Melania Trump is the current First Lady of the United States, but how much do we know about her? Besides being the first non-native First Lady since the presidency of Quincy Adams and the first First Lady ever to pose nude in a magazine, what other substantial things can we say about her? In the following paragraphs, let us delve into her life a bit more.
She was born on April 26th, 1970, in Novo Mesto, Slovenia, which was then part of communist Yugoslavia. Her father was a car dealer and her mother designed clothing for children. She did not grow up in extravagance, but a rather humble home, with a younger sister (Biography). Melania seems to have a knack for modeling, as she was already doing catwalks at the age of five, encouraged by her mother (Picard, C).
At the age of 16, she was professionally modeling in Milan with an agency, and Germanized her name to Melania Knauss (Picard, C). She was attending the University of Ljubljana for studying architecture, but dropped out after one year of attendance due to becoming a professional model. Though she modeled in Milan and Paris most of the time, she eventually moved to New York in 1996. It was in New York that she got steady work, and where she got her stardom. She began to appear in Vanity Fair, GQ, and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, among other publications (Biography).
At a New York fashion party in 1998, she met her future husband, and now President of the United States, Donald Trump. Despite her rejecting his advances at first, Melania started to date the President eventually and announced their engagement in 2004. In 2005, she married Donald Trump, with many celebrities in attendance, including Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton (Biography). Within one year of their marriage, Melania gave birth to Barron William Trump, and in 2006, she became a full-fledged U.S. citizen (White House).
Between this time and her ascendance to being the First Lady, she launched her own jewelry line, and also a skincare line (Biography). Though busy with parenting and her business, she also appeared in an Aflac commercial, hosted The View, and was on the reality show Celebrity Apprentice.
After a contentious and controversial bid for the presidency by her husband in 2016, she became the First Lady on November 8, 2017. As First Lady, in her first 100 days, she has acted as a hostess to the spouses of foreign leaders six times, hosted many social events, attended small meetings with social cause organizations, and went to impromptu meetings with children in hospitals and care centers. She is not a person who seeks out attention, and is not actively trying to be in the public eye as a First Lady (USA Today).
To add to more knowledge of the First Lady, the following is intriguing facts about her. She can speak in five languages, which includes Slovenian, English, French, Serbian, and German. Melania has also been appointed to “Honorary Chairwoman for Martha Graham Dance Company in April 2005, is an active member of the Police Athletic League which honored her with Woman of The Year 2006, has been an Honorary Chairwoman for The Boy’s Club of New York for five consecutive years, and in 2005 The American Red Cross awarded her with Goodwill Ambassador which she has proudly served for four years. In April of 2008, she was asked by Love Our Children USA and NASDAQ to participate in the Fifth Annual National Love Our Children Day and the beginning of National Child Abuse Prevention month by ringing the closing bell at NASDAQ. In 2010, Melania was the Chairwoman for The American Heart Association which raised $1.7 Million for research. Melania’s philanthropic interests represent her humanitarian side, and she remains an indefatigable and dedicated New Yorker” (White House). Though citizens usually think she does not have leadership experience, the above information clearly shows that she does.
Melania Trump is an anomaly as a First Lady. Besides being the significant other of one of the most controversial presidents in U.S. history, she is quite unusual herself. Being the second non-native born First Lady, the only First Lady to pose nude, and being a First Lady that does not vie for attention, has brought much focus on her, whether she likes it or not.
whitehouse.gov. (2017). First Lady Melania Trump. [online] Available at: https://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/first-lady-melania-trump [Accessed 29 Sep. 2017].
USA TODAY. (2017). All the stuff Melania Trump has done in her first 100 days. [online] Available at: https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2017/05/09/all-stuff-melania-trump-has-done-her-first-100-days/101269896/ [Accessed 29 Sep. 2017].
Picard, C. (2017). 11 Things You Didn’t Know About Melania Trump. [online] Good Housekeeping. Available at: http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/g4565/facts-about-melania-trump/?slide=2 [Accessed 29 Sep. 2017].
Trump, M. (2017). Melania Trump. [online] Biography.com. Available at: https://www.biography.com/people/melania-trump-812016 [Accessed 29 Sep. 2017].
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