AT TIMES Melania Trump has looked nervous in her first appearances as First Lady.
But the glamorous model, 46, appears to be determined not to crumple under intense criticism from opponents in politics and the media of her husband Donald Trump‘s
Who is Melania Trump?
Donald Trump’s third wife, born Melania Knauss, is the only First Lady to be born in a communist country.
She was raised in a tower block in communist Yugoslavia (now Slovenia), making her the only the second First Lady to have been born outside the United States after Louisa Adams, the English wife of President John Quincy, who left office in 1829.
She began modelling aged just five years old after posing for a Slovenian fashion photographer Stane Jerko.
She was later signed to a modelling agency in Milan, Italy, when she was 18 years old.
As a teen she went on to study architecture and design at the University of Ljubljana and later started travelling to Milan, where she signed on to an agency.
While in Italy, Melania — who changed her surname from Knavs to the more Germanic-sounding Knauss — was set on the path to meet her billionaire husband.
She moved to New York in 1996 on a work visa and has since appeared on the covers of New York Magazine, Vogue in Italy, Harper’s Bazaar in Bulgaria and GQ in the UK.
In 1995, she appeared in a lesbian-style shoot with fellow model Emma Erikson in which the pair posed naked alongside each other.
Three years later she started dating Donald Trump in 1998, before marrying him in 2005 and gave birth to their son, Barron, the following year.
Her husband described her as an “incredible” mother to their ten-year-old son Barron who she is living with in New York until he finishes school.
She refers to him as “Little Donald” because of his love of wearing a suit and tie.
Despite being viewed as a trophy wife, insiders say she is key part of Team Trump and arguably the most powerful woman on Earth.
The 46-year-old speaks five languages, including: Slovene, English, French, German and Serbian.
And at 5ft 11ins she is one of the tallest First Ladies in history.
After critics slammed her speech at the Republican National Convention when she appeared to copy Michella Obama word for word, Melania now claims she will tackle cyber-bullying.
When did Melania marry Donald Trump?
Her best friend at the time, Edit Molnar, said Melania met the 52-year-old Mr Trump at a party at the Kit Kat Club during New York Fashion Week in 1998.
According to Molnar, the model was initially “turned off” by the billionaire.
“Melania said ‘He’s here with a woman. I am absolutely not giving him my number.’ She wouldn’t even consider it,” she told the New York Times.
Instead, Donald gave her all of his numbers — business and home — and she called him when she returned from a modelling trip.
She started dating notorious ladies man Trump following the collapse of his second marriage to Marla Maples.
They married in 2005 at a star-studded bash, which included Bill and Hillary Clinton, at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.
GQ magazine reports that Melania’s Dior wedding dress cost $100,000 and took 550 hours to make.
Her 12-carat diamond wedding ring cost a whopping £1.5 million.
How is she getting on as First Lady?
Along with her 10-year-old son, Barron Trump, Melania has received intense flack from left-wing celebrities who do not agree with Donald Trump‘s firebrand manner and hard-line policies.
In particular, Trump’s detractors have laid into her for being absent during public appearances.
Critics have also been keen to seize on her body language which they hope suggests Melania has fallen out her spouse.
But defiantly addressing supporters at the President’s Florida rally on Saturday, Melania said: “I will always stay true to myself and be truthful to you no matter what the opposition is saying about me.
“It is my honour and great pleasure to stand here before you as the First Lady of the United States.
“The America that we envisioned is one that works for all Americans and where all Americans can work and succeed.
“A nation committed to a greater civility and unity between people from all sides of the political divide.”
What is Melania Trump’s net worth?
According to NetWorth.com, the 46-year-old is worth an estimated £8.8million.
In the early days of her romance with Donald, as her fame and modelling career soared, Melania brushed off suggestions she was a gold digger.
“The press could be sometimes very mean,” she told the Times. “But I think you can’t be with the person if it’s not love, if they don’t satisfy you.”
Since marrying her billionaire husband, Melania has launched her own jewellery and watch line which she reportedly designs herself.
Photos of the Trump Tower penthouse suite she shares with Donald and Barron give her 900,000 Twitter followers a glimpse into their opulent Manhattan lifestyle.
The Louis XIV-style apartment is adorned with 24-carat gold and marble. There are crystal chandeliers and murals painted on the ceilings.
When did she appear on Mexican Vogue’s cover?
Melania featured on the cover of February issue of Mexican Vogue.
The First Lady donned a selection of diamond-encrusted jewellery for the shoot.
It proved controversial given her husband’s insistence he will build a wall between the US and Mexico – making the Latin American pay for its construction.
Vogue’s cover calls Melania the “new Jackie Kennedy”.
Does Melania agree with her husband’s politics?
Despite being an immigrant herself, Melania has been supportive of her husband’s tough stance on migrants.
After the Republican Presidential candidate referred to some Mexicans immigrants as “criminals” and “rapists”, the mother-of-one hit back at critics pointing out that Trump was talking about “illegal immigrants”.
The model said she never broke the law while living here on a visa, telling MSNBC: “I follow the law. I never thought to stay here without papers.”
In 2011, when Trump was pushing for President Obama to release his birth certificate, Melania — who became an American citizen in 2006 — backed up her husband in an interview with Joy Behar.
“In one way, it would be very easy if President Obama just show it,” she said.
“It’s not only Donald who wants to see it; it’s American people who voted for him and who didn’t vote for him.”
How do you pronounce Melania Trump’s name?
She’s more than the hot model wife of The Donald, she’s now the US First Lady – so the world better start pronouncing her name right.
Confusion has reigned over how to say Melania, mainly because so many people have their own way.
Mel-ay-nia or even Mel-an-ee are but two.
But there is only one.
Melania was born in the former Yugoslav republic of Slovenia.
And round those parts they pronounce it Mer-lay-nya.
Source: thesun co uk
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