From The Catwalk To The Whitehouse (Probably): What You Should Know About Melania Trump
Melania Trump finally made it on every Ugandan’s radar last month after delivering a speech at the Republican National Convention that highly mirrored one that Michelle Obama had given years earlier. As usual social media outdid itself coming up with the funniest memes. And now not only is she raising controversy again after photographs emerged of her posing nude with another female model for a French men’s monthly magazine, but it emerges that the 46-year old former model could have entered the states illegally.
So what else do we know about the life of Melania?
She has a great sense of style
She has been described as beautiful, smart with a chic fashion sense. Her husband, billionaire businessman and Republican frontrunner Donald Trump compares her sense of style to that of iconic first lady Jackie Kennedy.
She would be the only first lady to have posed nude
Three years before she met her husband, Trump posed nude alongside another female model for a French men’s monthly magazine. In the “bombshell” photo set obtained by the New York Post, she is seen with Scandinavian model Emma Eriksson. In one image, Trump lies naked in a bed alongside Emma Eriksson, who, also naked, embraces her from behind, just below her fully exposed breasts. In another of the snaps, Eriksson, dressed in a low-cut bustier, brandishes a whip alongside a recoiling Trump, who is dressed in a skin-tight gown and high heels. Jarl Ale de Basseville, the French fashion photographer who snapped the pictures, said the photos are “beauty and not porn”. In 2000, Trump was photographed in the buff for a GQ photoshoot – one memorable image had her handcuffed to a briefcase on board a private jet belonging to her then boyfriend. The US has never before seen so much of a potential first lady, although Pat Nixon and Betty Ford both had (clothed) modeling careers.
She speaks five languages
She speaks Slovenian, English, French, Serbian and German. That linguistic prowess could come in handy at White House functions, but it has been suggested her thick accent is the reason she makes few public appearances alongside her immigrant-bashing husband. She grew up in communist Yugoslavia: Far away from the glamour of New York high society, Trump was raised in a concrete tower block in then Yugoslavia during the rule of Tito. If her husband becomes president, Trump would be the first first lady to be born in a communist nation and only the second to be born abroad, after Louisa Adams, the English wife of sixth president John Quincy.
She has one child (so far)
Melania and Donald have a nine year old son named Barron. He apparently loves wearing a suit and tie and playing golf with his dad. He is also said to share his father’s love of bossing people around. “I call him mini-Donald. He fired nannies, fired housekeepers,” Trump said in a 2011 interview, adding that he quickly hired them back.
She supports her husband’s hardline stance on immigration
Although it’s not surprising for a candidate’s wife to back her husband’s policies, some were taken aback by Trump’s enthusiasm for the Republican’s tough rhetoric on migrants, having immigrated to the US herself. But questions are being asked about her own path to citizenship: Questions about Melania’s immigration status arose shortly after the New York Post published nude photos from the beginning of her career in 1996. Doubts arose about when and how the Slovenian ex-model had acquired her US citizenship after the pictures appeared to suggest that she had begun working in the US earlier than was previously known. News website Univision later published the “sensational” claim that an immigration attorney who worked for the Trump organisation said that Melania gained her green card “based on marriage” four years prior to meeting Donald Trump.
Melania had previously claimed in an interview with talk show host Larry King that she had never been married prior to her union with Trump. Wildes, who handled legal work to obtain visas and green cards for Miss Universe when Trump owned the pageant, reveals that he was authorised by the Trump Organisation “to speak on the matters concerning Melania.” But in an interview with the group’s investigative unit he said he could not comment on how the Melania Trump became a US permanent resident.
White loves white
Several commentators have noted that the potential next inhabitant of the White House has a wardrobe to match, appearing in the colour in many public appearances. Most recently, she dazzled delegates in Cleveland with a close-fitting white number by Serbian-born designer Roksanda Ilincic, a favourite of fellow political spouses Michelle Obama and Samantha Cameron. So why does Trump dress in white so often? Her career in the spotlight taught her that white is good under harsh lighting and down lighting.
She may or may not have a university degree
She earlier claimed to have a degree in design and architecture from a Slovenian University but has since downplayed that claim alongside the entire website on which it was published. “The website in question was created in 2012 and has been removed because it does not accurately reflect my current business and professional interests,” Trump tweeted. She did not provide further comment or address specific inaccuracies. Apparently she quit the University of Ljubljana after just one year to pursue modelling opportunities.
She owns a jewelry collection and skin care line
Apart from modeling, Melania has also tried her hand in fashion design and skin care. She launched her watch and jewelry collection, “Melania™ Timepieces & Jewelry,” in 2010 on QVC. In 2013, the Slovenian beauty launched a skin care line, “Melania Caviar Complexe C6,” which she promoted on The Celebrity Apprentice and The View.”
She is philanthropic
Melania says her main job is staying home and raising her son Barron, but she also has a heart for giving. The Slovenian born beauty has “been associated with The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, active with the Police Athletic League, an honorary chairwoman for the Boys Club of New York for the past five years, and in 2005, she was awarded the title of Goodwill Ambassador by the American Red Cross,” reports Fame Focus.
She and Donald a signed a prenuptial agreement
Melania signed one of Donald’s notoriously-ironclad prenups before the two wed. She describes the prenup as a hard, painful, ugly tool. “Believe me, there’s nothing fun about it. But there comes a time when you have to say, ‘Darling, I think you’re magnificent, and I care for you deeply, but if things don’t work out, this is what you’re going to get.’ ” Trump added that the prenup is like a “crystal ball.”: “If a couple can make it through the cold, sobering legal process and still manage to be on speaking terms at the wedding, the marriage has a chance. If not, it was never meant to be.”