That’s all we know about Melania’s modeling career.
Long before she dreamed of becoming the First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump was just another pretty girl trying to break into the modeling world.
Melania is neither the first female presidential style icon nor the only stunningly beautiful person. But its particular combination of style, beauty, foreign roots and timid demeanor helps make the current FLOTUS one of a kind. So where did she come from and how did modeling help shape who she is today? Keep reading to find out.
Fashion is in the family
Melania, who comes from a small town in Slovenia, says she has always been interested in fashion and modeling. Born Melanjia Knavs, she claims to have knitted the sweaters herself. His father, Viktor Knavs, was a car salesman, and his mother, Amalija, was a children’s clothing designer.
As Melania told People in 2016, “I’ve always loved fashion. My mother was a fashion designer, so it was always in my blood.
She has been modeling since she was little.
Melania started working as a model at the age of 16. She signed a contract with an agency in Milan when she was 18, but she didn’t get the chance until she was 22. Melania was a finalist in the “Look of the Year” competition of the Slovenian women’s magazine Jana.
A photographer helped start his career
Professional photographer Stane Jerko is best known for discovering Melania while waiting for a friend to finish her walk at a fashion show.
“It was January 1987 when I got home just before the fashion show was over,” Jerko told TODAY. “I saw a girl on the stairs of the party hall that caught my eye immediately. Standing was a tall, thin, attractive girl with long hair and prominent eyes.
Melania was natural
Jerko reports that even the first photo shoot, where Melania brought her own clothes, was incredibly promising. Despite being reserved and quiet, she quickly relaxed in front of the camera. She seemed to love modeling and was eager to learn how it all worked.
Made a full-time career as a model
Melania dropped out of the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia, where she studied design and architecture. Instead, she focused her efforts on becoming a professional model.
Melania has worked with well-known photographers such as Patrick Demarchelier and Helmut Newton and has appeared on the covers of Harper’s Bazaar in Bulgaria and Vanity Fair in Italy. She even posed nude for GQ magazine in 2000.
She met Donald Trump in 1996.
Indirectly, Melania’s modeling career helped her meet the man who would later become her husband and then President of the United States. She met Donald Trump at a party in 1996 after years of modeling in Milan and Paris. The couple got married in 2005.
White House portrait remembers her past as a model
Most portraits of the First Lady of the White House have a particular look, but the face-to-face image of Melania looking straight into the camera is somewhat different from recent past. Everything from her pose to her expression clearly demonstrates that she is comfortable in front of the camera.
Her clothing selections don’t sell
Every time Kate Middleton wears something, she sells it. In Melania’s case, the public is less inclined to imitate her looks. With the help of designer Hervé Pierre, she organizes her own wardrobe.
Perhaps this is because many of their outfits are overpriced (hello, $51,000 3D floral coats) and therefore out of reach for most budgets. Still, it’s clear that the First Lady has the experience of being a true style icon.