Melania Trump

Melania Trump
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First Lady of the United States
Assumed role
January 20, 2017
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byMichelle Obama
Personal details
BornMelanija Knavs
(1970-04-26) April 26, 1970 (age 48)
Novo Mesto, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia
Political partyRepublican[1]
Spouse(s)Donald Trump (m. 2005)
ChildrenBarron Trump

Melania Trump (ə/; born Melanija Knavs; [mɛˈlaːnija ˈknaːu̯s], Germanized to Melania Knauss; born April 26, 1970) is the current First Lady of the United States and wife of the 45th U.S. President Donald Trump.[2]

She was born in Novo Mesto, and grew up in Sevnica, in the Yugoslav republic of Slovenia.[3] She worked as a fashion model for agencies in Milan and Paris, later moving to New York City in 1996.[4] Her modeling career was associated with Irene Marie Models and Trump Model Management.[5]

In 2001, she became a permanent resident of the United States. She married Donald Trump in 2005 and obtained U.S. citizenship in 2006.[6] She is the second Catholic,[7] after Jacqueline Kennedy,[8] and the first naturalized U.S. citizen to become First Lady of the United States.[9]

Early life

Melanija Knavs was born in Novo Mesto, Slovenia (then part of Yugoslavia), on April 26, 1970.[10][11] Her father, Viktor Knavs, was from the nearby town of Radeče, and managed car and motorcycle dealerships for a socially-owned vehicle manufacturer.[12][13] Her mother Amalija (née Ulčnik) came from the village of Raka and worked as a patternmaker at the children's clothing manufacturer Jutranjka in Sevnica.[14][15] As a child, Melania and other children of workers at the factory participated in fashion shows that featured children's clothing.[16] She has an older sister, Ines, who is an artist and her "longtime confidant",[17][18][19] and an older half-brother—whom she reportedly has never met—from her father's previous relationship.[20][21]

Knavs grew up in a modest apartment in a housing block in Sevnica, in the Lower Sava Valley.[2][22] Her father was in the League of Communists of Slovenia, which espoused a policy of state atheism.[23] As was common, however, he had his daughters secretly baptized as Catholics. When the Trumps met Pope Francis at the Vatican in 2017, Melania brought her rosary and asked the Pope to bless it.[24][25]

When Knavs was a teenager, she moved with her family to a two-story house in Sevnica.[26] As a high-school student, she lived in a high-rise apartment in Ljubljana. She attended the Secondary School of Design and Photography in Ljubljana,[27] and studied architecture and design at the University of Ljubljana for one year before she dropped out.[28][29][30]

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