Everything you need to know about our newest First Lady

Melania is America's next first lady. So, here's what you need to know about the silent beauty by the controversial business mogul's side.

  • She's Slovenian

With Donald Trump clinching the Republican nomination for president, his wife Melania could very well become America's next first lady. So, here's what you need to know about the silent beauty by the controversial business mogul's side.

Melania Trump, originally Melanija Knavs, was born on April 26, 1970 in a river town near Sevnica, Slovenia, which was then part of communist Yugoslavia.

  • She's not Twitter-lific

Unlike her husband, Melania Trump's tweets are few and far between these days. On March 27, 2016, she tweeted this photo with the caption, "Happy Easter!" Before that, her last post was "Happy Fourth of July" in the summer of 2015.


  • U.S. citizen

Melania Trump became a U.S. permanent resident in 2001 and a citizen in 2006. She would be the first presidential spouse to be born outside the United States since Louisa Adams, wife of John Quincy Adams, who was born in England.

  • She's a former model

Melania Trump began her modeling career at the age of 16, then signed with an agency in Milan when she was only 18. She took a break from full-time modeling to go to college, then returned to the profession afterward. She moved to New York in 1996.

  • She's tall

Like a true model, Melania Trump is 5-foot-11. Interestingly enough, though, she would not be the tallest first lady. She would hold the top spot, but she would have to share it with Michelle Obama and Eleanor Roosevelt, who also both clock in at 5-foot-11.

  • She's fluent in 5 languages

Though she may not have experience in public service, Melania Trump is prepped to help her husband out on the diplomatic front: in addition to her native Slovenian, Trump speaks four other languages: English, French, Serbian and German.

 

  • One child

She has one child and four stepchildren with Donald Trump. Her son, Barron, is fluent is Slovenian as well.

  • Fashion runs in her genes

Melania Trump's father was a car dealer and her mother was a fashion designer.

  • Cover girl

Over the years, she's appeared on the cover of various magazines such as Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Ocean Drive, Avenue, InStyle and New York Magazine. Then, of course, there's also that now-famous 2000 cover shoot in which she posed nude for British GQ on a fur rug sporting handcuffs.

  • She does not have a college degree

Despite what her professional website and the 2016 RNC program read, Melania Trump did not in fact complete a degree in architecture and design at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia, before becoming a skin care entrepreneur and philanthropist.

In July 2016, CBS News checked the official public records of the university, and discovered that Melania Trump is not listed as having graduated from there with a degree.

  • She has her own jewelry and skin line

Melania Trump has her own jewelry line, called "Melania Timepieces & Fashion Jewelry," which she sells on QVC. When it launched on the home shopping network in February 2010, Donald was the first caller and Melania's products sold out in just 45 minutes.

In March 2013, Melania added a skin care line to her resume, called "Melania™ Caviar Complexe C6.

One month later, she told The Daily Mail that her son Barron applies the caviar to his skin every night after his bath.

  • She's much younger than her husband

Donald Trump is 24 years Melania's senior.

  • She's appeared on TV too

Melania Trump has been in several television commercials--including one for the insurance company Aflac, in a spot along with the company's famous "Aflac" duck. She also co-hosted "The View" with Barbara Walters. And of course, she appeared on her husband's show, "The Apprentice," as well.

  • She's Trump's third wife

Melania and Donald Trump met in New York in 1998, two years after she moved to the city from Europe. He proposed in 2004 and the pair were married in January 2005, with a reception at Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida (the site of his many primary-night press conferences).

She's the business mogul's third wife: he was married to his first, Czech-American model Ivana Trump, from 1977 to 1992, and his second, Marla Maples, from 1993 to 1999.

  • A first for the first lady

Donald Trump's wife Melania is the first woman to become the first first lady to be born and raised in a communist country.

  • She's a homebody

In a 2005 interview with The New York Post, Paolo Zampolli, the president of ID Models recalled: "It was unusual for her to go out; she never went to clubs or bars... She never dated anyone in New York before Donald. She only went to movies by herself and to the gym.

"This is a woman who modeled for Camel cigarettes on a huge billboard in Times Square but stayed home all the time," Zampolli added. "She was not a party girl."

  • Another first

Melania Trump would also be the first first lady to have ever posed nude for a magazine. And that's a fact Ted Cruz's super PAC made sure Americans acknowledged, much to Donald Trump's disdain.

  • She's a philanthropist

Since marrying Donald Trump in 2005, Melania Trump has taken on various philanthropic causes both in New York and beyond.

She's been involved with the Martha Graham Dance Company, the Police Athletic League, the Boys Club of New York, The American Red Cross and Love Our Children USA.

  • She considers herself traditional

In 1999, when her then-boyfriend Donald Trump was considering a presidential bid, Melania told The New York Times, ''I would be very traditional. Like Betty Ford or Jackie Kennedy."

  • She changed her name while modeling

While modeling professionally in Italy, Melania changed her maiden name from Knavs to Knauss.

  • Pregnant photo shoot

In 2006, she posed for Vogue, seven months pregnant in a golden bikini. Annie Leibovitz shot the photos on the stairs of Donald Trump's private jet.

  • It wasn't love at first sight

Melania met Donald Trump at a fashion industry party at New York's Kit Kat Club in 1998. And in a 2005 interview, her close friend Edit Molnar told The New York Post that Melania was initially "turned off" by the fact that Donald Trump tried to get her phone number, despite having come to the party with another woman.

Instead, she reportedly got his number and called a few days later.

  • She's worked with mega photographers

During her modeling career, Melania worked with a number of hugely famous photographers, including Patrick Demarchelier, Helmut Newton and Mario Testino.

  • She signed a prenup

According to "The Fortune Hunters: Dazzling Women and the Men They Married," Donald Trump and Melania signed a prenuptial agreement before their wedding in 2005. "And the beautiful thing is that she agrees with it," Trump boasted to columnist Liz Smith over lunch at Le Cirque, according to the book.

  • She used to be chummy with Hillary

The Clintons attended Donald and Melania Trump's wedding. And in January 2013, Melania posted this throwback photo on Twitter with the caption, "#memories #mywedding."

 

  • The swimsuit issue

In yet another first for a potential first lady, Melania posed for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2000.

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