Melanija Knavs was born in Novo Mesto, Slovenia in 1970. In 2016, she became First Lady of the United States. Here's how that happened.
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In US news and current events today, Melanija Knavs was born in Novo Mesto, Slovenia in 1970, making her the only first lady in nearly 200 years to be born outside of the U.S. And one of the only immigrant married to someone who seemingly hates immigrants.
Melania’s father - who some have suggested looks like the Donald - was a member of the communist party and her mother was a pattern maker for children’s clothing. When Melania eventually became first lady, she sponsored her parents to successfully emigrate to America, taking advantage of chain migration, where a green card holder or legal resident can sponsor a family member to live in the U.S. It’s a practice Trump very badly wants to end.
Thanks to chain migration, the whole family can discuss this topic together at Thanksgiving now!
Growing up, Melania was always interested in fashion and the finer things in life. The New York Times notes, “Melania wrapped her notebooks in magazine perfume ads and kept her knitted sweaters in purple lockers.”
She attended the Secondary School of Design and Photography in Ljubljana, where she listened to a tasteful palette of angst: Metallica and The Cure. It’s unclear if she listened to the song Just Like Heaven while daydreaming about a spray tanned twice married avid tennis player from New York City.
Melania matriculated to University in Slovenia, studying architecture but ended up, dropping out of school — although her Facebook page claims she graduated. Later, she finished second place in Jana Magazine’s Face of the Year contest in 1992. She changed her name to Melania Knauss and her modeling career took off.
She moved to New York in 1996 and modeled mostly in print. As a 25 year-old, she was featured in a sexually explicit shoot for a French-men’s magazine called Max.
The New York Post paints the picture, “The raciest of the photos shows Melania lying nude in a bed as Scandinavian model Emma Eriksson, also naked, embraces her from behind, just below her breasts, which are fully exposed.”
Two years later, she met future Saturday Night Live host and soon-to-be President of the United States, Donny J. Trump. According to The New Yorker, the two broke up briefly in 2000, when Trump was considering a run for president.
But in 2004, Trump proposed to Melania with a $1.5 million ring at the Met Gala. While seemingly falling head over heels for the reality star, in 2005, she appeared in this insurance commercial:
The same year, she married Trump in Palm Beach, Florida at Mar-A-Lago. In attendance were Trump’s closest friends, like Trump’s soon to be 2016 Democrat presidential opponent Hillary Clinton and her husband Bill, Rapper P. Diddy, former American Idol judge Simon Cowell, and the face of the Ukraine scandal and an ostensible enemy of Melania: Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
A year after the wedding, Melania gave birth to her son, Barron Trump, who Trump admitted he wouldn’t take care of or even see.
During her husband’s presidential run, Melania made a speech at the Republican National Convention in 2016, which was - in part - plagiarized from Michelle Obama’s 2008 DNC speech. A CNN side by side shows the similarities.
Melania claimed she wrote the speech “with as little help as possible.”
After her husband won the presidency, Melania - as first lady - has championed the fight against cyber bullying amongst children. It’s one of her “three pillars” in her “Be Best” campaign. Which is curious considering her husband’s Twitter habit.
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