The world of powerful men pairing with beautiful women is not exclusive to Europe. American business magnates, instantly recognized entertainers and powerful politicians tend to also choose the arm candy over the professorial look. In the case of Melania Trump, she speaks five languages very well (as do most European Business Women) and strategically engineered a highly successful career as an international fashion model. She is Donald J. Trump’s wife. It is he who is running for office and if he wins, she will likely be the United States’ First Lady.

More importantly however, it is time we actually get off her back. Melania was a model – nothing more – nothing less. She just happens to be a very nice lady. Let’s enjoy her and appreciate her kindness and her beauty and let it go at that.

 


Mrs. Melania Trump

First Lady of the United States
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NEW YORK - MAY 04: Melania Trump attends "The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion" Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

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gold_braceletMelania Trump (born Melanija Knavs  April 26, 1970; Germanized to Melania Knauss) is a Slovene-American jewelry and watch designer and former model. She is married to American billionaire real estate developer and 2016 U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump. Born in Yugoslavia (now Slovenia), she became a permanent resident of the United States in 2001 and acquired citizenship in 2006. Now in 2016 she may be looking at a role as the First Lady of the United States.

Early life

Knauss was born in Sevnica, in Slovenia’s Lower Sava Valley (then part of Yugoslavia) on April 26, 1970. Her father, Viktor Knavs, who managed car and motorcycle dealerships, was from the nearby town of Radeče; her mother, Amalija, a fashion designer, came from a village in the area surrounding Sevnica, within the confines of Sevnica Castle. She has an older sister, Ines.

Knauss grew up in a modest apartment in a concrete housing block. When she was a teenager, the family moved to a two-story house near Sevnica. She began her modeling career at age 16, and at age 18 signed with a modeling agency in Milan, Italy. SMELANIAWATCHhe is fluent in Slovenian, English, French, Serbian, and German.

Career

Modeling career

After studying design and architecture at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia, Knauss worked as a model for major fashion houses in Milan and Paris before relocating to New York City in 1996. Working with photographers includingHelmut Newton, Patrick Demarchelier, and Mario Testino, Knauss subsequently appeared on the covers of Vogue,Harper’s Bazaar, Ocean Drive, In Style, New York Magazine, Avenue, Allure, Vanity Fair, Self, Glamour, GQElle,FHM, and was featured as a bikini model in the 2000 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. As a model, she was associated with several well-known modeling agencies, including Donald Trump’s Trump Model Management.

Career pre-marriage

In 2000, Melania appeared with Trump while he campaigned for the Reform Party 2000 presidential nomination, and several years later, Knauss appeared in an ad 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.

Charity work

She has been associated with various charity events, including of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. She was Honorary Chairwoman for Martha Graham Dance Company in April 2005; is an active member of the Police Athletic League, which honored her with Woman of The Year 2006; has been an Honorary Chairwoman for The Boy’s Club of New York for five consecutive years; and in 2005, The American Red Cross awarded her with the title of Goodwill Ambassador. In 2008, she rang the closing bell at NASDAQ to commemorate the Fifth Annual National Love Our Children Day and the beginning of National Child Abuse Prevention month.MELANIAWATCH2

Marriage to Donald Trump

Melania and Donald Trump at the Oscar De La Renta Fashion Show in New York City, 2006

After moving to New York City in 1996, Knauss met Donald Trump at a Fashion Week party in New York City in September 1998. Their relationship gained attention after a 1999 interview on The Howard Stern Show, and additional publicity after the 2004 launch of Trump’s successful business-oriented reality television show, The Apprentice. Donald Trump 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 Trump and Melania Knauss 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 17,000-sq.-ft. ballroom at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.

The event was attended by noted persons 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, and then-SenatorHillary 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”.j261398

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 ofChristian Dior, and the cake at the reception was a 50-pound orange Grand Marnier chocolate truffle cake, with a Grand Marnier butter-cream filling, and covered with 3,000 roses created by the chef at Mar-a-Lago.

In 2006, Melania gave birth to a son named Barron William Trump. 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 also reported to be fluent in Slovenian. He also speaks some French. He is said to like wearing a suit and tie, and Melania’s nickname for him is “Mini-Donald”.

Melania and Donald are often seen and photographed together at New York City society events and receptions. Television personality Barbara Walters, impressed with Melania’s intelligence when she met her, has said of her: “Maybe because she’s so pretty, we don’t expect her to be as smart as she is.”

In 2015, asked about her husband’s presidential campaign, Melania 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 what her role would be if Trump were to become president, Melania replied: “I would be very traditional. Like Betty Ford or Jackie Kennedy. I would support him.”

During Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, an anti-Trump PAC published an attack ad featuring a nude photo of Melania Trump that was taken in 2000 in a photoshoot for GQ magazine.

Trump candidacy for the Presidency of the United States

Donald Trump is running for the office of the Presidency of the United States. Politicians are taking aim at Melania’s former modeling career. Nudity is normally accepted everywhere other than the United States.

Having won in a landslide unseen in American history election results, Mr. Donald J. Trump is now the President Elect of the United States. Therefore Melania is not just “Melanie the beauty.”  She is now the First Lady of the United States.
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