Melania Trump is the wife of US president-elect and real estate billionaire Donald Trump.
Melania Trump is a Slovene American former model who is married to US president-elect and American businessman of the United States, Donald Trump. She is set to assume the role of First Lady of the United States on January 20, 2017.
Early Life and Education
Born in Yugoslavia in the erstwhile Socialist Republic of Slovenia (now independent country of Slovenia), Melania became a permanent resident of the United States in 2001 and a citizen in 2006. She will assume the role of First Lady of the United States on January 20, 2017.
Melania Trump was born in Novo Mesto in Southeastern Slovenia (then part of Yugoslavia) on April 26, 1970. She is the daughter of Amalija (née Ulčnik) and Viktor Knavs, who managed car and motorcycle dealerships for a state-owned vehicle manufacturer and was a member of the Slovenian Communist Party.
Trump attended the Secondary School of Design and Photography in Ljubljana and studied at the University of Ljubljana for one year before dropping out.
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Melania Trump began her modeling career at age 16 and at age 17 posed for Slovenian fashion photographer Stane Jerko. At 18, she signed with a modeling agency in Milan, Italy. She was named runner-up in the 1992 Jana Magazine "Look of the Year" contest, held in Ljubljana, which promised its top three contestants an international modeling contract.
Marriage to Donald Trump and American Citizenship
After moving to New York City in 1996, Melania met Donald Trump at a Fashion Week party in New York City in September 1998, while he was still married to, but separated from, Marla Maples.
In 2006, Trump gave birth to Barron William Trump. Their son is husband Donald's fifth child. She also became a U.S. citizen in the same year.
After becoming engaged in 2004, Donald and Melania were married on January 22, 2005, at The Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach, Florida, followed by a reception in the ballroom at Donald's Mar-a-Lago estate.
Melania Supports Donald Trump's presidential campaign
In November 2015, when asked about her husband's presidential campaign, Trump said: "I encouraged him because I know what he will do and what he can do for America. He loves the American people and he wants to help them."When asked by The New York Times in 1999 what her role would be if Donald Trump were to become president, Trump replied: "I would be very traditional. Like Betty Ford or Jackie Kennedy. I would support him."
Melania Trump has a successful jewelry line on QVC, as well as a skincare line. She has appeared in an Aflac commercial, co-hosted on The View, and appeared on her husband's NBC reality show, Celebrity Apprentice.
Melania is fluent in five languages: Slovenian, English, French, Serbian and German.