Melania Trump, wife of U.S President Donald J. Trump and First Lady of the U.S., was born Melania Knavs in Slovenia on April 26, 1970.

Who Melania Was Before Marrying Donald Trump

First Lady Melania Trump
First Lady Melania Trump

The First Lady began modeling when she was just 16-year-old. She attended the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia but opted to stop to focus on her modeling career in Paris and Milan. In 1996, to further her career, she moved to New York.

Her pictures were tied to many high-profile ad campaigns, and she worked with many well-known, highly-respectable photographers in the industry – Arthur Elgort, Antoine Verglas, Ellen Von Unwerth, Mario Testino and Helmut Newton.

Many of her pictures have made the covers of British GQ, Avenue, Vogue, In Style, Harper’s Bazaar and New York Magazine. She also had major layouts for Allure, Elle, Glamour, Self, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, Vanity Fair and Vogue. The former Knavs has made appearances on television programs like The View with Barbara Walters and TV commercials.

Melania and Donald Trump were married in January 2005, and in March 2006, they were blessed with a son – Barron William Trump. She is the second U.S. First Lady to be born outside the U.S. The sixth U.S. president John Quincy Adams’ wife Louisa Adams was the first.

Her Mentions, Awards and Dedication To New York

Mrs. Trump loves the New York City’s diversification, as she loves the architecture, arts, beauty and fashion. She’s also passionate about helping others, with her generosity well-documented. In April 2005, she was dubbed Honorary Chairwoman for the Martha Graham Dance Company. Melania is an active Police Athletic League member, an organization that bestowed upon her Woman of the Year 2006.

For five years, she’s been an honorary chairwoman for the New York Boy’s Club.

She’s been a Goodwill Ambassador for the American Red Cross for four years. In April 2008, Love Our Children USA and NASDAQ asked if she would participate in the 5th Annual National Love Our Children Day and ring the NASDAQ’s closing bell at the start of the National Child Abuse Prevention month.

When Melania was the American Heart Association chairwoman in 2010, she raised $1.7 million for research.

Melania is a very successful entrepreneur, launching her jewelry collection in April 2010.

The First Lady has many charitable interests that showcase the benevolent side and, although she now resides in the White House, she still remains dedicated to the people of New York.