Melania Trump

Melania Trump
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First Lady of the United States
Assumed office
January 20, 2017
President Donald Trump
Preceded by Michelle Obama
Personal details
Born Melanija Knavs
(1970-04-26) April 26, 1970 (age 47)
Novo Mesto, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia
(now Novo Mesto, Slovenia)
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Donald Trump (m. 2005)
Children Barron Trump
Residence Trump Tower
White House

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. [1]

Melania Trump was born in Novo Mesto, Slovenia and grew up in Sevnica, in the Lower Sava Valley. [2] She worked as a fashion model for agencies in Milan and Paris, later moving to New York City in 1996. [3] Her modeling career was associated with Irene Marie Models and Trump Model Management. [4]

In 2001, she became a permanent resident of the United States. She married Donald Trump in 2005 and obtained U.S. citizenship in 2006. [5] She is the first naturalized U.S. citizen to become First Lady of the United States. [6]

Early life

Melanija Knavs was born in Novo Mesto, Slovenia (then part of Yugoslavia) on April 26, 1970. [7] [8] Her father, Viktor Knavs, was from the nearby town of Radeče, and managed car and motorcycle dealerships for a state-owned vehicle manufacturer. [9] [10] 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. [11] [12] As a child, she participated in fashion shows featuring children's clothing, along with other children of workers at the factory. [13] [14] She has an older sister, Ines, and an older half-brother whom she reportedly has never met, from her father's previous relationship. [15] [16]

Knavs grew up in a modest apartment in a housing block in Sevnica, in the Lower Sava Valley. [1] [17] Her father was in the League of Communists of Slovenia, which prohibited its members from openly practicing religion. [18] [19] As was common, however, he had his daughters baptised secretly. [20] [21]

When she was a teenager, Knavs moved with her family to a two-story house in Sevnica. [22] Then, 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, [23] and studied architecture and design at the University of Ljubljana for one year before dropping out. [24] [25] [26]

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