Melania Trump’s Life Before She Became First Lady

Melania Trump is a unique First Lady. She is the first First Lady of the United States (FLOTUS) to be a naturalized citizen and only the second foreign-born woman to hold the title. Fortunately, she was used to the spotlight before her husband Donald Trump made his presidential bid. But who knew that a girl from a small town in Slovenia would one day take on one of America’s most high-profile roles? Check out what Melania’s life was like before she became FLOTUS and how the role shaped her future.

Melania’s Grew Up Interested In Modeling And The Arts

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Melania Trump was born Melanija Knavs in Novo Mesto, Slovenia, on April 26, 1970. Her father was a car and motorcycle dealership manager, and her mother made patterns at a children’s clothing company. Melania grew up with an older sister, Ines. Her father has a son from a previous relationship, but Melania has reportedly never met her half-brother.

One of her first modeling jobs was joining other factory workers’ children in fashion shows for the business. Melania was interested in the arts as a teenager and attended the Secondary School of Design and Photography in Ljubljan. She also studied architecture and design at the University of Ljubljana.