Melania Trump, Who Am I You Ask I’ll Tell You

Melania Trump

Melaina Trump

“Who am I?  I am Melania Trump (born Melanija Knavs.”  She was Born in Slovenia, then part of Yugoslavi.  She grew up in a modest apartment in a housing block in Sevnica, in Slovenia’s Lower Sava Valley.  Melanija attended the Secondary School of Design and Photography in Ljubljana, and studied at the University of Ljubljana for one year.  Before dropping out.  Melania Trump declares speaking six languages: English, French, Italian, German, Serbo-Croatian, and her native Slovene.

Melaina Trump’s Fashion Career & Becoming A  United States citizenship

When later working as a model, she changed the Slovene form of her last name Knavs to the German Knauss. 

Knauss (Melaina Trump) began modeling at age 5.  And started doing commercials at 16.  When she posed for the Slovenian fashion photographer Stane Jerko.  At 18, she signed with a modeling agency in Milan, Italy.  She was named runner-up in the 1992 Jana Magazine “Look of the Year” contest.  Held in Ljubljana, which promised its top three contestants an international modeling contract.

After attending the University of Ljubljana for one year, she modeled for fashion houses in Milan and Paris.  And relocated to New York City in 1996.  In the United States she appeared on the covers of In Style Weddings, New York Magazine, Avenue, Philadelphia Style, Vanity Fair.  And Vogue. 

She modeled for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2000.  Her modeling career was associated with Irene Marie Management Group and Donald Trump’s Trump Model Management.

Applying as a model, Melania obtained a green card and became a lawful permanent resident in 2001.  She gained United States citizenship in 2006

Melania Trump First Lady of the United States January 2017

First Lady to:

  • be the second foreign-born woman to hold the position
  • be a naturalized (rather than birthright) citizen of the United States.
  • speak English as a second language and the
  • be fluent in more than two languages
  • 5 feet 11 inches, she is also one of the tallest First Ladies to hold the office, tied with Michelle Obama and Eleanor Roosevelt


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