Melania Trump
Slovenian model
Melania Trump
Melania Knauss-Trump is a Slovenian former model and the wife of American real estate magnate Donald Trump. They married on January 22, 2005.
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Melania Trump drops controversial language from $150 million defamation suit - Local 10
Google News - 1 day
Local 10 Melania Trump drops controversial language from $150 million defamation suit Local 10 WASHINGTON (CNN) - Lawyers for first lady Melania Trump changed and refiled her multimillion dollar defamation lawsuit against Daily Mail Online on Friday in New York. Trump is suing the media outlet for publishing a false story that claimed, falsely ... Who Are Melania Trump's Close Friends? Big Sister Ines Knauss Is The First Lady's Most Important CheerleaderInternational Business Times A pastor's encounter with the 'demonic' at Trump's Florida rallyColorado Springs Gazette Melania Trump Drops Lawsuit Mention Of "Once In A Lifetime" Opportunity To Make MillionsBuzzFeed News Us Weekly -Counsel & Heal -Yahoo News -MarketWatch all 67 news articles »
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Why It Matters What President Trump Eats
Huffington Post - 2 days
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Melania Trump's sister shows rare behind-the-scenes look on social media
CNN - 3 days
Melania Trump is beginning to forge her own path as America's first lady, assembling a team of aides and advisers. But the name of one longtime confidante, and perhaps her most trusted friend, won't be announced with a news release or statement or a new title: her sister, Ines Knauss.
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Melania Trump attacked for reciting 'The Lord's Prayer' at campaign rally
Fox News - 4 days
Leftists on social media tore into First Lady Melania Trump, mocking her accent and religion and branding her everything from a hostage to a whore – all for the secular offense of reciting “The Lord’s Prayer.”
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Melania Trump vows to "stay true" to herself
Reuters.com - 4 days
U.S. First Lady Melania Trump promises to remain true to herself, "no matter what the opposition is saying" and says she is committed to improving the lives of "women and children" around the world. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Want Melania Trump in the White House? Pay Her
NYTimes - 5 days
No more free labor from hostesses in chief.
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Trump: Melania has been ‘unfairly maligned’ by media
Yahoo News - 7 days
In a lengthy, freewheeling press conference on Thursday, President Trump addressed his wife’s role in the White House and contended that she has been “unfairly maligned” by the news media. Speculation about Melania Trump’s willingness to take on the first lady role ramped up following the revelation that she would stay in New York with the couple’s son, Barron, so he could finish out the school year. Trump said his wife’s main focus as first lady would be “women’s issues, women’s difficulties” and noted that she had recently reopened the White House Visitor Center.
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Melania Trump debuts as White House hostess alongside Netanyahus
CNN - 8 days
Just before noon, first lady Melania Trump emerged from the White House's South entrance and walked beside her husband, President Donald Trump, to await the arrival of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara.
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Journalist apologizes for comments on Melania Trump
CNN - 9 days
New York Times journalist Jacob Bernstein is publicly apologizing via Twitter for remarks he made regarding first lady Melania Trump in a private conversation with model and actress Emily Ratajkowski.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Melania Trump
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 45
    On September 1, 2016, her attorneys filed defamation lawsuits against British tabloid the Daily Mail and Webster Tarpley, a Maryland political blogger.
    More Details Hide Details Both had published allegations from other sources that she worked as an escort for a gentlemen's club in Italy in the 1990s. Tarpley published a retraction and an apology on August 22. The Daily Mail published a retraction and apology after the suit was filed.
    On July 18, 2016, Trump gave a speech on the first day of the 2016 Republican National Convention.
    More Details Hide Details The speech contained a paragraph that was nearly identical to a paragraph of Michelle Obama's speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. When asked about the speech, Trump said she wrote the speech herself "with as little help as possible". Two days later, Trump staff writer Meredith McIver took responsibility and apologized for the "confusion".
    Her biography in the 2016 Republican National Convention official program also incorrectly stated that she had obtained a degree in Slovenia.
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    In July 2016, Trump's official website was redirected to Trump.com.
    More Details Hide Details On Twitter, she stated that her site was outdated and did not "accurately reflect her current business and professional interests." This change came after it was widely noted by the media that the website had falsely claimed for more than 10 years that she had a degree in architecture and design from the University of Ljubljana.
    An anti-Donald Trump PAC in March 2016 published an attack ad featuring a nude photo of Trump that was published in 2000 as part of a British GQ magazine photoshoot.
    More Details Hide Details The photograph shows her handcuffed to a briefcase, lying on a fur blanket aboard Donald Trump's private jet.
    She is the wife of American businessman and 2016 U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump.
    More Details Hide Details Born in the Socialist Republic of Slovenia (in today's Slovenia), she became a permanent resident of the United States in 2001 and a citizen in 2006.
  • 2015
    Age 44
    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.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2006
    Age 35
    In 2006, Melania gave birth to a son named Barron William Trump.
    More Details Hide Details Donald suggested his first name and Melania his middle name. As an infant, Barron reportedly occupied his own floor in the Trumps' apartment in Trump Tower in Manhattan, but often slept in a crib in his parents' bedroom. He plays golf with his father and is reported to be fluent in Slovene. He is said to like wearing a suit and tie, and Melania's nickname for him is "Mini-Donald".
    She obtained U.S. citizenship in 2006, the year after her marriage.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    Age 28
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Like Betty Ford or Jackie Kennedy. I would support him."
  • 1996
    Age 25
    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; Donald attended the event with another date, Celina Midelfart, and Melania initially refused to give Donald her phone number. Melania broke off the relationship shortly after it began, but the couple reconciled after a few months. Their relationship gained attention after a 1999 interview on The Howard Stern Show. In 2000, Melania appeared with Donald while he campaigned for that year's Reform Party presidential nomination. Their relationship gained additional publicity after the 2004 launch of Donald's business-oriented reality television show, The Apprentice. Donald described their long courtship in 2005: "We literally have never had an argument, forget about the word 'fight'... We just are very compatible. We get along." 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.
    More Details Hide Details The event was attended by celebrities such as Katie Couric, Matt Lauer, Rudy Giuliani, Heidi Klum, Star Jones, P. Diddy, Shaquille O'Neal, Barbara Walters, Conrad Black, Regis Philbin, Simon Cowell, Kelly Ripa, then-Senator Hillary Clinton, and former president Bill Clinton. At the reception, Billy Joel serenaded the crowd with "Just the Way You Are" and supplied new lyrics about Trump to the tune of "The Lady Is a Tramp". The Trumps' wedding ceremony and reception were widely covered by the media. Trump wore a $200,000 dress made by John Galliano of the house of Christian Dior. The cake at the reception was a 50-pound orange Grand Marnier chocolate truffle cake, with a Grand Marnier butter-cream filling, covered with 3,000 roses created by the chef at Mar-a-Lago.
    After attending the University of Ljubljana and leaving after her freshman year, she then worked as a model for fashion houses in Milan and Paris, before relocating to New York City in 1996, her contract and visa negotiated by Italian businessman Paolo Zampolli.
    More Details Hide Details She subsequently appeared on the covers of Harper's Bazaar (Bulgaria), Ocean Drive, In Style Weddings, New York Magazine, Avenue, Allure, Vanity Fair (Italy), Vogue (following her marriage to Donald Trump), and GQ (UK). She was featured as a bikini model in the 2000 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. As a model, she was associated with Irene Marie Management Group and Donald Trump's Trump Model Management. In the 2000s, she appeared in an advertisement for Aflac insurance in which she and the Aflac mascot, a duck, voiced at the time by comedian Gilbert Gottfried, exchange personalities via a Frankenstein-like mad experiment.
    She obtained an H-1B visa in October 1996.
    More Details Hide Details After that, she regularly returned to Slovenia to obtain a series of four more one-year work visas because, at the time, one-year visas were all that were permitted under the U.S. agreement with Slovenia. She obtained a green card and became a lawful permanent resident in 2001, applying as a model of “extraordinary ability”.
    Trump, through her lawyer Michael Wildes, has indicated that she first entered to the United States on a business visitor in August 1996.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1970
    Born
    Melania Trump was born in Novo Mesto in southeastern Slovenia (then part of Yugoslavia) on April 26, 1970.
    More Details Hide Details Her father, Viktor Knavs, who managed car and motorcycle dealerships for a state-owned vehicle manufacturer, and was a member of the Slovenian Communist Party, came from the nearby town of Radeče. Her mother, Amalija (née Ulčnik), came from the village of Raka and was a patternmaker at the children's clothing manufacturer Jutranjka in Sevnica. She has a sister, Ines, and an older half-brother, whom she reportedly has never met, from her father's previous relationship. She grew up in a modest apartment in a concrete housing block in Sevnica, in Slovenia's Lower Sava Valley. When she was a teenager, the family moved to a two-story house near Sevnica and used a high-rise apartment in Ljubljana. 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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