Ljubljana

Donald Trump's Wife: The Extraordinary World of Melania Trump

more than a year ago

The United States presidential election race has begun, with each party holding inner party squabbles to decide who will front their respective campaigns in 2016. In a turn of events that we aren’t sure whether to believe or not, it would seem that real estate mogul and TV celebrity Donald Trump is in line to become the Republican candidate in the election. What a world! In fact, many media outlets are talking as if Trump in the White House is a genuine likelihood, as opposed to a reality show piece of fiction.

Why are we, lovers of all things Slovene, talking about the US presidential election? Well, if Donald Trump does indeed become president of the United States, his first lady will be the first foreign-born first lady since the wife of John Quincy Adams, who was president between 1825 and 1829 (his wife, Louisa Johnson, was born in London). Where was she born, we hear you squeal? Donald Trump’s good wife was born in none other than our beloved Slovenia.

Born on April 26th 1970 near Sevnica, Melanija Knavs was the daughter of a car dealer and a fashion designer (or garment factory worker, depending on which story you believe). She started modelling at the age of five, but was generally considered a well-mannered and shy child. Melanija went on to study design and architecture at Ljubljana University, but not long after graduating she would be snapped up by a modelling agency in Milan. She mostly worked there and in Paris, but before long she was snapped by the Stateside market.

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