Days after she'd turned 31, Melania attended this after-party for the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner with Trump. Here they're pictured with Yvonne Abaci, who was then Ecuador's ambassador to the United States. According to the Ecuadorian newspaper El Coercion, Baku has been friends with Donald Trump since 2000 and was present at his inauguration.
Donald and Melania are pictured here attending the Gold Medal Awards for the United Service Organizations of Metropolitan New York at the Plaza Hotel. In this photo, the pair are shown entering an event hosted by Vogue for designer Anglo Blank at the Phillips de Pury & Company auction house in New York City.
A 33-year-old Melania attended at a Fashion Week event displaying the Betray Johnson Spring/Summer 2004 Collection. The pair is photographed here at yet another New York fashion event: the opening of the flagship store of the United Kingdom-based brand Osprey.
A 34-year-old Melania attended a Marc Jacobs show promoting the designer's spring 2005 line. The Trump family attended the 22nd annual “Night of Stars” gala in New York hosted by Fashion Group International.
Vanessa Hayden and Donald Trump Jr. are on the left and were engaged at the time; they would marry some two weeks later on November 12 at Mar-A-Lago. They watched the St. Louis Cardinals play the New York Mets and win the National League championships.
Though there is plenty of speculation surrounding their relationship now that Donald is president, the Trumps have stayed married for 13 years. Melania Trump, First Lady of the U.S. President Donald Trump, was first discovered by Slovenian photographer State Jerk in 1987 while she was sitting on a fence waiting for her friend to finish walking in a fashion show.
“My eye of a professional photographer always looking for girls to photograph, for fashion, for ads, so I quickly noticed this tall girl, slender with a good figure, long legs,” Jerk said during an interview with Univision. Jerk thought at first that Melania had a very good future in modeling but after two sessions, he lost enthusiasm.
“Her exterior was very good to be an excellent model, but she lacked energy, a certain charm that if you have, you transmit it through your eyes, through your personality. But this short modelling stint fueled Melania to achieve greater things.
First Lady of the United States Assumed role January 20, 2017President Donald Trump Preceded by Michelle Obama Personal details Born (1970-04-26) April 26, 1970 (age 50) Nova Pesto, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia Citizenship Yugoslav (April 1970–June 1991) Slovenian (June 1991–present) American (July 2006 –present)Political party Republican Spouse(s)Children Barron Trump (b. March 20, 2006)ResidenceSignature Melania Knave was born in Nova Pesto, Slovenia, then part of Yugoslavia, on April 26, 1970.
Her father, Viktor Knave (born March 24, 1944), was from the nearby town of Race and managed car and motorcycle dealerships for a state-owned vehicle manufacturer. Her mother Amalia (née Unit) (born July 9, 1945) came from the village of Aka and worked as a pattern maker at the children's clothing manufacturer Outrank in Seneca.
When Knave was a teenager, she moved with her family to a two-story house in Seneca. As a high-school student, she lived in a high-rise apartment in Ljubljana.
She attended the Secondary School of Design and Photography in the city and studied architecture and design at the University of Ljubljana for one year before she dropped out. Melania Trump at QVC Red Carpet Style Party, 2011Knavs began modeling at five years old and started doing commercial work at sixteen when she posed for the Slovenian fashion photographer State Jerk.
When she began working as a model, she adapted the Slovene version of her last name “Knave” to the German version “Klaus”. At eighteen, Klaus signed with a modeling agency in Milan, Italy.
In 1992, she was named runner-up in the 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, Klaus modeled for fashion houses in Paris and Milan, where in 1995 she met Metropolitan Models co-owner Paolo Apollo, a friend of her future husband Donald Trump, who was on a scouting trip in Europe.
Apollo urged her to travel to the U.S., where he said he would like to represent her. He arranged for her to share an apartment with photographer Matthew Italian in Bettendorf Towers in Union Square.
Klaus was featured in a sexually explicit photo shoot for the January 1996 issue of Max, a now-defunct French men's magazine, with another female model. She also posed nude for the January 2000 UK edition of GQ magazine, appearing on the cover naked except for diamond jewelry, reclining on fur, aboard Trump's custom-fitted Boeing 727.
Asked about the photos in 2016, Donald Trump said: Melania was one of the most successful models, and she did many photo shoots, including for covers and major magazines. was a picture taken for a European magazine prior to my knowing Melania.
In Europe, pictures like this are very fashionable and common”. In 2010, Melania launched her own line of jewelry, Melania Timepieces, and Jewelry, for sale on QVC.
She also marketed a Melania Marks Skin Care Collection at high-end department stores. According to a financial filing in 2016, her businesses brought in between US$15,000 and US$50,000 in royalties that year.
In 2017, the two manufacturers of her jewelry and skincare products under license said they had terminated their relationship with her. On inauguration day her companies and products were listed in her official White House biography but were quickly removed.
A White House spokesperson said her companies are no longer active and “the First Lady has no intention of using her position for profit and will not do so”. Donald Trump and Melania Klaus in 1999 Klaus came to the United States from Slovenia in 1996, residing briefly on a visitor's visa and then obtained H-1B work visas.
She petitioned for a right to permanent residency under the EB-1 program, a program designed for people with “extraordinary abilities” and was approved by March 2001. According to information from the Migration Policy Institute, only 2 percent of people in their field would be expected to qualify.
“he may have been boosted by high-profile testimonial letters, said Nita Update, a U.S. immigration specialist at Nu Immigration Law. Testimonials form part of the application, and the more high-profile the reference the more weight it carries.
If Mrs. Trump, already dating Mr. Trump at the time she applied, secured letters from luminaries in fashion, that would be significant, Ms. Update said”. During the months that she campaigned with her husband prior to his successful bid for the presidency, Melania Trump defended his hard-line on immigration practices and laws by stating that her own path and achievement of citizenship had been legal, unlike those of the individuals her husband was campaigning against.
However, investigative reporting done by the Associated Press revealed that she had been paid for 10 modeling jobs she had done before she had obtained her H1-B work visa and was still living in the U.S. using her visitor visa. “Foreigners are not allowed to use a visitor visa to work for pay in the United States for American companies.
Doing so would violate the terms of that visa and could prohibit a foreigner from later changing his or her immigration status in the United States or bar the foreigner from the United States again without special permission to come back”. After her July 2006 acquisition of citizenship, Mrs. Trump sponsored her parents, Viktor and Amalia Knave, who went through the immigration process using chain migration “, a route that her husband later repeatedly criticized.
The Knave became citizens in August 2018, meaning they were permanent residents prior to September 2013. On January 22, 2005, they married in an Anglican service at the Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach, Florida, followed by a reception in the ballroom at her husband's Mar-A-Lago estate.
The event was attended by celebrities such as Katie Co uric, Matt Later, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, Heidi Klum, Star Jones, P. Diddy, Shaquille O'Neal, Barbara Walters, Conrad Black, Aegis Phil bin, Simon Cowell, Kelly IPA, 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 bride wore a US$200,000 dress made by John Gallant of the house of Christian Dior, and the ceremony and reception were widely covered by the media, including a Vogue cover which featured her in her wedding gown. On March 20, 2006, she gave birth to their son, Barron William Trump.
Melania gives the thumbs up at a campaign event with her husband Donald and son Barron, November 2015. In November 2015, she was asked about her husband's presidential campaign and replied: “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”.
She played a relatively small role in the campaign, which is atypical of spouses of presidential candidates. According to Washington Post's Mary Jordan, however, Melania was one of Trump's biggest supporters and continues to be a sounding board to him.
In 2016, Melania told CNN her focus as first lady would be to help women and children. In July 2016, her official website was redirected to trump .com.
On Twitter, she stated that her site was outdated and did not “accurately reflect current business and professional interests”. 2016 RNC and plagiarism concernsLawsuit against Daily Mail and General Trust In February 2017, she sued Daily Mail and General Trust, the owner of British tabloid the Daily Mail, seeking US$150 million in damages over an August 2016 article that alleged that she had worked for an escort service during her modeling days.
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 with its implication that she intended to profit from being first lady.
The Mail agreed to pay her US$2.9 million. Statement on bullying 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 okay when a 12-year-old girl or boy is mocked, bullied, or attacked. 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”. Although Melania was mostly silent about her husband Donald Trump's 2020 campaign she appeared in the late stage of the 2020 campaign.
3 weeks before the election she appeared for a brief time of 18 minutes in At glen, Pennsylvania on October 27, 2021. She later spoke in Huntersville, North Carolina for almost 25 minutes on November the 2nd, one day before the 2020 United States election.
She also appeared a few times to introduce her husband before he took the stage to do his rally. On October 31 she said, “We have made great progress in our fight against COVID-19,” the first lady said.
“I watched Donald continue to work hard to keep people informed and calm, to protect our economy and make hard and unpopular decisions to do all he could to keep us all safe.” She also criticized the media for being “biased” against her husband and his agenda as well as the Democrats for trying to advance their agenda “against Americans' well-being”.
Melania on Inauguration Day Donald and Melania at the Liberty Ball on Inauguration Day, January 20, 2017Of Trump's inauguration, Vogue compared Melania's wardrobe to that of Jacqueline Kennedy and Nancy Reagan, writing that Trump closely works with her stylist, designer Here Pierre, preferring “strongly tailored pieces” in bold colors and wearing almost exclusively high-end designers. French President Macron greets Melania by kissing her hand, 2018. She and Barron moved into the White House in Washington, D.C., on June 11, 2017.
Her Secret Service code name is “Muse” (beginning with the same letter as Trump's code name, “Mogul”, per Secret Service tradition). She is the second foreign-born woman to hold the title of first lady, after Louisa Adams, wife of John Quincy Adams, who was born in 1775 in London to a father from Maryland and an English mother.
She is also the first naturalized citizen (rather than birthright citizen) to hold the title, and the first whose native language is not English. Though it has frequently been reported that Trump speaks up to five foreign languages fluently, evidence has shown that when speaking French or Italian, she only used basic greetings.
In January 2018, The Wall Street Journal reported that during a three-month period when she lived in New York in 2017, she took Air Force jet flights between New York City, Florida, and Washington at a cost of more than US$675,000 to taxpayers. In comparison, former first lady Michelle Obama's solo travel cost an average of about US$350,000 per year.
On March 13, 2018, Trump scheduled a March 20, 2018, meeting with policy executives from technology companies, including Amazon, Facebook, Google, Snap, and Twitter, to address online harassment and Internet safety, with a particular focus on how those issues affect children. Trump's office has avoided the use of the term “cyberbullying”, and Trump has come under criticism for championing Internet civility while her husband's Internet behavior has been noted as uncivil.
Trump attended the roundtable event, focusing on how children are affected by modern technology. Trump said: “I am well aware that people are skeptical of me discussing this topic”, but “that will not stop me from doing what I know is right”.
In October 2018, Trump took a four-nation, solo tour of Africa, without her husband, focusing on conservation and children and families, visiting Ghana, Malawi, Kenya, and Egypt. On November 13, 2018, Trump issued an “extraordinary” public statement calling for the firing of Deputy National Security Advisor Mira Ricardo.
She had reportedly been privately pushing for her ouster for weeks. The next day it was announced that Ricardo would “transition to a new role within the Administration”.
It was described as unusual for a first lady to be publicly involved in White House personnel decisions. The Trumps at the announcement of the First Lady's Be Best initiative, May 2018On June 17, 2018, Melania referred to the Trump administration's “zero tolerance” policy at the border with Mexico, where children were being separated from their parents.
She stated that she “hates to see children separated from their families” and wants there to be “successful immigration reform”. On June 21, 2018, she made a hastily planned trip to Texas to one of the locations at which the Trump Administration's family separation policy was being carried out.
She attended a roundtable with doctors, medical staff, social workers and other experts at Up bring New Hope Children's Shelter. After the El Paso shooting in Texas on August 3, 2019, in which a lone gunman killed 23 people and injured 23 others, Melania and President Trump visited the hospital where eight of the survivors were being cared for.
The couple met with the families of survivors, hospital staff, and first responders, and posed with a baby who had been orphaned when both of his parents were killed. The White House had asked that the child be brought in, and he was accompanied by his uncle.
The Trumps sitting with the Obama's, the Clinton's, and the Carters at the funeral of George H.W. Bush On May 7, 2018, Trump formally started the Be Best public awareness campaign, which focused on well-being for youth and advocated against cyberbullying and drug use.
The campaign was accompanied by a booklet that was promoted as having been written “By First Lady Melania Trump and the Federal Trade Commission ”, but it was nearly identical to a document prepared in 2014 by the FTC. The similarities prompted accusations of plagiarism, to which her office responded by admonishing the press for reporting on the issue.
The Trumps, including Melania (in white), and other world leaders attend the D-Day commemorations on June 5, 2019. On October 1, 2021, Stephanie Winston Wolff, a former friend and senior adviser to the first lady released audiotapes, on the CNN show Anderson Cooper 360°, of Melania allegedly expressing controversial and profane statements regarding her frustration with her image and role as first lady.
These tapes were recorded without Melania's knowledge by Wolff. When the president and first lady visited Vatican City in May 2017, she identified as Catholic.
She is the first Catholic to live in the White House since President John F. Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline and is the second Catholic first lady of the United States. When she visited the Vatican, Pope Francis blessed her rosary beads, and she placed flowers at the feet of a statue of Mary at the Vatican's children's hospital.
On May 14, 2018, she underwent an embolization, which is a minimally invasive procedure that deliberately blocks a blood vessel, in order to treat a benign kidney condition. Melania Trump denies working unlawfully as model in US on improper visa”.
On Thursday, Melania Trump ’s statement concluded: “In July 2006, I proudly became a US citizen. Over the past 20 years, I have been fortunate to live, work and raise a family in this great nation and I share my husband’s love for our country.” The Trump campaign did not immediately respond ^ Melania Trump votes in N.Y. primary”.
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Trump's father was a member of the Communist Party in Slovenia, which meant the family were officially atheists. Donald Trump is Presbyterian; the couple married in an Episcopal church.
The church was called St. Lawrence, the master of ceremony was pastor Franc Camp. Her sister Ines had also been baptized there, and there had been a church service following the official civil marriage of her parents in 1967 (Polar, p. 94).
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The beauty of The Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea was unadorned, with only giant bows fashioned from orchids and white roses at the end of each pew and simple but elegant white arrangements on the candlelit altar. The bride walked down the aisle carrying only an ancient rosary not to Lohengrin or Wagner, but to a vocalist singing Ave Maria in an exquisite soprano voice.
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