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Melania Trump through the Years in Pictures

Rebelander Basilan
Jun 01, 2019
12:13 P.M.
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First lady Melania Trump's then and now photographs are proof she lived in two entirely different worlds.


A series of recently uncovered family photos show that the wife of the 45th U.S. President Donald Trump has always been camera-ready.


She met Donald in September 1998 through her manager, who hosted a party at a Times Square nightclub.

In one throwback picture, baby Melania is seen standing surprised above a birthday cake. Another image shows Melania and her whole family unwinding on the bed together.

Before becoming First Lady, Melania not only worked as a model but also ran her own line of jewelry, Melania Timepieces and Jewelry, and line of cosmetics, Melania Skin Care Collection.


Her life can be described as “rags to riches.” Before migrating to the United States, Melania’s family survive on factory work in Slovenia.

Melania's father, Viktor, was from the nearby town of Radeče, a small town in the Lower Sava Valley in eastern Slovenia. He managed car and motorcycle dealerships for a state-owned vehicle manufacturer.

Meanwhile, Amalija, Melania's mother, came from the village of Raka, a village in the Municipality of Krško in eastern Slovenia. She worked as a patternmaker at the children's clothing manufacturer Jutranjka in Sevnica.


Melania has an older sister, Ines, who is an artist, and an older half-brother from her father's past relationship. 

Melania moved to the US in 1996. She met Donald in September 1998 through her manager, who hosted a party at a Times Square nightclub. She was aged 28, and he was 52 at the time. 


At first, Melania didn't respond to Donald's advances, but the two started dating, and Trump proposed the night of the Met Gala in 2004. They tied the knot a year later.

Within a year of marriage, the couple welcomed their first child, Barron Trump. Melania then went from being an independent model to a stay-at-home mom.


As the first lady, Melania frequently dons a savvy, fashionable two-piece skirt suit and wears her hair a lighter color nowadays. 

Despite the fact that Melania is nearing 50, her age-defying style makes this extremely difficult to believe. She has always looked incredible in front of the camera.


Melania is currently busy with her campaign called Be Best, which centers around the prosperity of youth while supporting against cyberbullying and drug use.

In March 2017, she hosted her first White House event, a luncheon for International Women's Day. Amid the occasion, she opened up about her life as a female immigrant, and about working towards gender equality both locally and abroad.