MELANIA TRUMP: FORMER STRIPPER TO FIRST LADY
The Slovenian born model will certainly have large shoes to fill after Michelle Obama
Now that Donald Trump is going to be the 45th President of the United States Of America, his wife Melania Trump is set to be the country’s future First Lady when he takes office on January 20th.
As we all know, the First Lady of the United States has always played a prominent role in the political and social life of America dating back to the 18th century.
Although the role has never been officially defined, Melania is expected to champion social causes and campaigns, manage the White House and represent the President at official occasions.
So, with Melania still somewhat of a mystery to the US and the world, what is her agenda likely to be? To help place her, here are 10 things you might need to know about America’s newest FLOTUS - Melania Trump.
WHO IS MELANIA?
Previously, Melania Knauss, the Slovenian former model was born in 1970 in communist Yugoslavia, and becomes the first presidential spouse to be born outside the US since Lousia Adams, wife of John Quincy Adams, who was born in England.
She is the daughter of Viktor Knavs, a car and motorcycle dealer and a member of the Slovenian Communist Party, and Amalija Knvas - a patternmaker for children’s clothing.
She grew up in an apartment in a concrete tower block in Sevnica and went to the Secondary School of De- sign and Photography in Ljubljana. The 46-year-old began her modeling career when she was 16, and at the age of 18 signed with a modeling agency in Milan, Italy.
She has appeared on numerous magazine covers including Harper’s Bazaar and Vanity Fair, and once posed naked on a white rug for British magazine GQ.
THE CLINTONS WENT TO HER WEDDING
Bill and Hillary Clinton were among the 350 guests when Melania and Donald tied the knot at the groom’s landmark in Palm Beach, Florida.
According to GQ, the bride wore a $100,000 (Sh1.2m) Dior dress with 1,500 crystals, which took a “legendary” 550 hours to make. It had a 13ft train and the bride wore a 16ft veil.
However, the gown was so difficult to walk in that Melania changed into a Vera Wang hand-ruched silk tulle Grecian dress for the poolside after-party. Her 12-carat, emerald-cut Graff wedding ring is said to be worth £1.5m (Sh189m).
SHE SPEAKS FIVE LANGUAGES
Slovenian, English, French, Serbian and German, if you want to know. 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 speeches alongside her immigrant-bashing husband.
Melania was raised away from the glamour of New York high society in a concrete tower block in then Yugoslavia during the rule of Marshal Josip Tito.
SHE IS THE LEAST POPULAR PRESIDENTIAL SPOUSE SINCE HILLARY
According to a Washington Post/ABC News poll, Melania is the least popular presidential candidate spouse since Hillary Clinton.
A survey on the spouses and running mates of both presidential candidates saw Clinton’s husband, former president Bill, named most popular, with more than half of respondents having a positive opinion of him.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s wife Melania Trump attends a campaign event in Washington, DC, US on October 26.