Melania Trump will be the first wife of a President of the United States to have been born in a communist country – in Slovenia, the former Yugoslavia. The daughter of a seamstress and a car dealer, she was born in 1970. Her parents live with the family in the Trump Tower in New York.
She was discovered by a photographer at the age of 17, although she had modelled on and off as a child. After leaving school, she started to study architecture and design but did not graduate because her career as a model suddenly took off. She signed a model contract with a Milan-based agency at only 18 years old - thereby breaking into the international model business.
She worked mainly in Paris and Milan before moving to New York in 1996, where she was photographed by such famous photographers as Helmut Newton and Patrick Demarchelier, for example. She went on to grace the covers of numerous leading popular magazines including Vogue.
The marriage took place in 2005 in Florida.
The former model and the billionaire Donald Trump met in a ritzy nightclub in the late 1990s during New York Fashion Week. The lavish wedding reception was held at the Trump family home in Florida. Melania wore an opulent dream in white by Dior with a 100,000 dollar price tag. Melania Trump is the 45th president-elect's third wife. Her son Barron, who was seen bravely fighting his tiredness as he stood behind his father on election night, was born a year after the wedding.
Since the wedding, she has been leading the luxurious life of a billionaire's wife, which includes a penthouse in New York and a second home in Florida, and is primarily a mother and a housewife.
Of course she is now in the public eye as much as her husband Donald Trump, and the media are full of controversial reports about various supposed lapses during her model career. She is being compared to the current First Lady, Michelle Obama, and so on and so forth; however, ultimately, people also grow with every new challenge they face. It remains to be seen which way things will go when the Trumps have moved into the White House.