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Melania Trump (born Melanija Knavs April 26, 1970; Germanized to Melania Knauss) is the current First Lady of the United States. Before marrying future President Donald Trump in 2005, she worked as a fashion model; by 2016 she considered herself a "full-time mom".
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Melania Knauss-Trump (born Melanija Knavs, anglicized to Melania Knauss, on April 26, 1970) is a fashion model from Slovenia, and is the wife of the American business executive and real estate magnate Donald J. Trump, whom she married on January 22, 2005.
Melania Knauss was born as the daughter of a Austrian father and a Slovenian mother in Sevnica, Slovenia, at the time when it was part of (the former) Yugoslavia.
In 1999, she met Trump at a fashion event. At the same time she secured a modeling job for Allure magazine.
Her notoriety was raised a few notches after appearing on the Howard Stern show with Trump and revealing their sex life. This led to a nude layout in British GQ magazine, including the cover shot in January 2000. She was considered a supermodel in many parts of Europe, although she did not achieve that level of fame in the United States.
As Knauss` relationship with Trump grew she continued to model, but also became involved with the social set of New York. Their relationship received increasing publicity after the launch of Trump`s successful business-oriented reality television show, The Apprentice.
Trump and Knauss became engaged in 2004, and married on January 22, 2005 at Bethesda by the Sea Episcopal Church in Palm Beach, Florida, followed by a reception at Trump`s Mar-A-Lago estate. Their wedding ceremony was widely covered by the media, with the fact that Knauss wore a $200,000 dress made by the house of Christian Dior frequently noted. The cake at the reception was a 50 pound orange Grand Marnier cake with a Grand Marnier buttercream filling, covered with 3,000 roses, constructed by the chef at Mar-A-Lago.
Recently, Knauss has appeared in a comic TV advertisement for Aflac insurance, in which she and the Aflac mascot, a duck, voiced by comedian Gilbert Gottfried, exchange personalities via a Frankenstein-like mad experiment. She has appeared as a guest host on The View.
On September 27, 2005, the Trumps announced that Melania was pregnant with Donald Trump`s fifth child. On March 20, 2006 Knauss-Trump gave birth to a boy, whom the couple named Barron William Trump. Donald Trump made the announcement via phone on the Imus in the Morning show about 20 minutes after birth, stating that "everyone`s perfect."
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Secondary School of Design and Photography in Ljubljana
University of Ljubljana (one year)
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Irene Marie Management Group (Miami), Trump Model Management (NYC)
Print ads for Donald Trump The Fragrance cologne for men (2004-05)
Cat like eyes, Pouty lips
twitter.com/melaniatrump, www.whitehouse.gov/administration/first-lady-melania-trump, www.nndb.com/people/313/000123941/, www.facebook.com/MelaniaTrump
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==Melania Knauss Trump== (born [[Melanija Knavs]]; April 26, 1970; anglicized to [[Melania Knauss]]) is a Slovene-born American former model who is married to American businessman and President-elect of the United States, Donald Trump.
====She worked as a fashion model;==== by 2016 she considered herself a "full-time mom".
====She was born in the city of Novo Mesto in Slovenia,==== then known as the Socialist Republic of Slovenia within Yugoslavia. She became a permanent resident of the United States in 2001, and obtained U.S. citizenship in 2006.
====Trump is the first naturalized U.S. citizen==== to become First Lady, and the second one born overseas. Louisa Adams, born in London to an American father, was legally a natural-born U.S. citizen.
===Early life=== ====Melanija Knavs was born in Novo Mesto==== in the southeast of Slovenia, which was then part of Yugoslavia, on April 26, 1970. She is a daughter of Amalija (née Ulčnik) and Viktor Knavs, who managed car and motorcycle dealerships for a state-owned vehicle manufacturer. Her father was from the nearby town of Radeče. Her mother came from the village of Raka, and was a patternmaker at the children's clothing manufacturer "Jutranjka" in Sevnica. When later working as a model, she changed the Slovene form of her last name Knavs to the German Knauss.
====She grew up==== in a modest apartment in a housing block in Sevnica, in Slovenia's Lower Sava Valley. She has a sister and an elder half-brother, whom she reportedly has never met, from her father's previous relationship. As the Communist Party in Slovenia upheld atheism, Melania's father did not sponsor her Christian sacraments of baptism or first communion.
====When she was a teenager,==== the family moved to a two-story house in Sevnica, and as a high school student, she lived in a high-rise apartment in Ljubljana. Melanija attended the Secondary School of Design and Photography in Ljubljana, and studied at the University of Ljubljana for one year before dropping out. She declares speaking English, French, Italian, and German, in addition to Serbo-Croatian and her native Slovene.
===Career and immigration to the United States=== Knauss began modeling at age 5 and started doing commercials at 16, when she posed for the 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.
====After attending the University of Ljubljana==== for one year, she modeled for fashion houses in Milan and Paris, and relocated to New York City in 1996. Her work began prior to receiving a legal work visa. In the United States she appeared on the covers of In Style Weddings, New York Magazine, Avenue, Philadelphia Style, Vanity Fair and Vogue. She modeled for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2000. Her modeling career was associated with Irene Marie Management Group and Donald Trump's Trump Model Management.
====Applying as a model of==== "extraordinary ability", Melania obtained a green card and became a lawful permanent resident in 2001; she gained United States citizenship in 2006.
===Marriage=== Melania moved to New York City in 1996 and met her future husband, Donald Trump, in September 1998 at a Fashion Week party in New York City. He had been separated from Marla Maples since May 1997, and entered a steady relationship with Melania; the new couple gained attention after a 1999 interview on The Howard Stern Show. In 2000 she appeared with Trump while he campaigned for that year's Reform Party presidential nomination. Trump described their long courtship in 2005, and stated: "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,==== Melania married Trump in an Anglican service 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 Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate. 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 to the tune of "The Lady Is a Tramp". The Trumps' wedding ceremony and reception were widely covered by the media. Melania wore a $200,000 dress made by John Galliano of the house of Christian Dior.
====On March 20, 2006,==== Melania gave birth to their son Barron William Trump. Melania suggested his middle name, while her husband suggested his first name.
===Role in 2016 U.S. presidential election=== 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." Trump played a relatively small role in her husband's campaign—atypical of spouses of presidential running mates.
====In July 2016,==== Trump's official website was redirected to Trump.com. On Twitter, she stated that her site was outdated and did not "accurately reflect her current business and professional interests".
====On July 18, 2016,==== Trump gave a speech at the 2016 Republican National Convention. 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".
====In February 2017,==== Trump sued Mail Media, the owner of The Daily Mail, seeking $150 million in damages over an August 2016 article which falsely alleged that she had worked for an escort service during her modeling days. The Mail retracted the article, apologized, and printed the retraction from the blogger they were quoting, who said: "I had no legitimate factual basis to make these false statements and I fully retract them". The lawsuit stated the article had ruined her "unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity" to establish "multimillion dollar business relationships for a multi-year term during which Plaintiff is one of the most photographed women in the world". Her claim raised potential ethical questions, but the first lady is not an employee of the government and not a government official. On February 18, the lawsuit was amended, removing the language about her earning potential and focusing instead on emotional distress. In April 2017, the parties settled the lawsuit for $2.9 million.
=====Five days before the election,===== she told a crowd of supporters in Pennsylvania: "Our culture has gotten too mean and too rough, especially to children and teenagers. It is never OK when a 12-year-old girl or boy is mocked, bullied, or attacked. It is terrible when that happens on the playground. And it is absolutely unacceptable when it is done by someone with no name hiding on the internet." Regarding the contrast of her platform with her husband's use of Twitter during his campaign, Melania said shortly after the election that she had rebuked him "all the time" but that "he will do what he wants to do in the end".
===First Lady of the United States=== ====Melania assumed the role==== of First Lady of the United States on January 20, 2017. She is the second foreign-born woman to hold this title (after Louisa Adams, wife of John Quincy Adams, who was born in 1775 in London to an American father and British mother). She is the first First Lady to be a naturalized (rather than birthright) citizen of the United States, the first to speak English as a second language, and the first to be fluent in more than two languages (Serbo-Croatian, English, French, Italian, German, and her native Slovene). At 5 feet 11 inches (1.80 m), she is also one of the tallest First Ladies to hold the office, tied with Michelle Obama and Eleanor Roosevelt. She is expected to continue living in Trump Tower with her son Barron at least until the end of the 2016–17 school year.
====Her Secret Service code name is==== "Muse" (beginning with the same letter as Trump's code name, "Mogul", per Secret Service tradition).
====When asked by The New York Times==== in 1999 what her role would be if Donald Trump were to become president, Melania replied: "I would be very traditional. Like Betty Ford or Jackie Kennedy." In 2016, she told CNN her focus as First Lady would be to help women and children. She also said she would combat cyberbullying, especially among children, having quit social media herself due to the "negativity".
The first White House event led by Trump was a luncheon for International Women's Day on March 8, 2017. Trump spoke to an audience of women about her life as a female immigrant, and about working towards gender equality both domestically and abroad, noting the role of education as a tool against gender inequality.
====In March 2017,==== Slovenia honored her by introducing "First Lady" wine, a red wine produced in the region near her hometown of Sevnica.
====In February 2017,==== at a Florida rally, Melania Trump led the crowd in the recitation of Lord's Prayer. Later, during her and her husband's visit to Vatican City in May 2017, Trump revealed that she is a Catholic, the first Catholic to live in the White House since President John F. Kennedy and his wife Jackie over half a century earlier.
==Melania Trump== First Lady - ====Date of Birth==== 26 April 1970, Sevnica, Yugoslavia [now Slovenia]
====Birth Name==== Melanija Knavs
====Height==== 5' 11" (1.8 m)
===Mini Bio (1)=== ====Melania Trump==== was born on April 26, 1970 in Sevnica, Yugoslavia as Melanija Knavs. She is an actress, known for The Apprentice (2004), Miss USA (2003) and One Nation Under Trump (2016). She has been married to Donald J. Trump since January 22, 2005. They have one child.
===Spouse (1)=== Donald J. Trump (22 January 2005 - present) (1 child)
===Trivia (16)=== ====Formerly a successful model.==== She has posed for GQ, Front, Vogue, Vanity Fair and FHM.
====Austrian father and Slovenian mother.====
====She and Donald J. Trump==== married in Palm Beach, Florida, in what was touted as the most expensive society wedding of the year (22 January 2005).
====Her wedding dress==== was designed by Christian Dior.
====In Sept. 2005==== she announced that she was expecting her first child with Donald J. Trump in spring 2006. It was her first child and Trump's fifth child.
====Stepmother of Ivanka Trump,==== Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump (mother is Ivana Trump) and Tiffany Trump (mother is Marla Maples).
====Her son,==== Barron Trump (Barron William Trump), was born at 5 a.m. on 20 March 2006, weighing 8 pounds and 5 ounces.
====Was among the guests==== at Usher Raymond's 26th birthday party.
Stepmother-in-law of Vanessa Trump and Jared Kushner.
Timepiece and jewelry designer.
====On July 29, 2016,==== USA Today reported that Melania Trump's personal website was taken offline. Previously, Melania's bio-statement stated there that she received a "degree in design and architecture at University in Slovenia." However, a biographer questioned the veracity of that claim by suggesting that Melania never completed her studies. At www.archive.org, the WayBack Machine has preserved a 2012 snapshot of Melania's website, where she printed the now-disputed statement.
====In the mid 1990s,==== before becoming Mrs. Trump, she roomed with Swede Victoria Silvstedt in Paris when both were struggling models.
====She is the first==== First Lady of the United States who is a naturalized US citizen. She is also the second foreign-born First Lady, after Louisa Adams, the wife of John Quincy Adams, the sixth president (1825-29), who was born to an US consul in London, England.
====Obtained==== her U.S. citizenship in 2006.
====Changed her surname==== Knavs to Knauss before Trump.
====Speaks==== Slovene, English, French, Italian, German and Serbo-Croatian.
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====[on the accusations against her husband]==== I believe my husband. This was all organized by the opposition. Did they ever check the background of these women ? They don't have any facts. (...) That never happened. [Oct.2016]
====My husband is real.==== He's raw. He tells it like it is. [Oct.2016]
====Don't feel sorry for me.==== I can handle everything. [Oct.2016]
====[about the attacks on her husband]==== The opposition doesn't want to talk about WikiLeaks and the Emails and Benghazi and all the rest of the stuff - they don't want to talk about it. So, they said: 'Let's do something to hurt his campaign'. [Oct.2016]
====[defending her husband's attacks on the Clintons]==== They're asking for it. They started. They started from the beginning of the campaign, putting my pictures from the modeling days [into the newspapers]. That were my modeling days and I'm proud of what I did. I worked very hard. [Oct.2016]
====[on the media bias against Donald J. Trump]==== When did we hear or read any great stories about my husband - or about me? The true stuff. The facts. The real stuff. We never read the New York Times. They are bashing, bashing, bashing. [Oct.2016]
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