ME­LA­NIA TRUMP: FOR­MER STRIP­PER TO FIRST LADY

The Slove­nian born model will cer­tainly have large shoes to fill af­ter Michelle Obama

The Star (Kenya) - - Bigread / America Speaks - THE WEEK/

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.

/ REUTERS

Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Don­ald Trump’s wife Me­la­nia Trump at­tends a cam­paign event in Washington, DC, US on Oc­to­ber 26.

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