Born on April 26, 1970 in Slovenia, Melania Knauss Trump began her modeling career at 16. At 18, she signed with a modeling agency in Milan. After obtaining a degree in design and architecture at a university in Slovenia, Trump was jetting between photo shoots in Paris and Milan, finally settling in New York in 1996.
Trump has appeared in high profile ad campaigns, and has worked with some of the top photographers in the fashion industry, including Patrick Demarchelier, Helmut Newton, Arthur Elgort, Ellen Von Unwerth, Peter Arnell, Antoine Verglas, and Mario Testino. At 5 feet 11 inches, she has a captivating presence in front of the camera. Trump has graced the covers of Harper’s Bazaar, GQ UK, Ocean Drive, Avenue, In Style, and New York Magazine. Her major layouts include the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, Allure, Vogue, Self, Glamour, Vanity Fair, and Elle. Trump has appeared in numerous television commercials, most recently for Aflac, in which she stars with one of America’s top icons, the Aflac duck. She has co-hosted “The View” with Barbara Walters. Trump’s style has been noted to be one of natural elegance. In the words of Manolo Blahnik, “She is a true beauty. She has it.”
With a penchant and passion for the arts, architecture, design, fashion, and beauty, the aqua-eyed beauty has thrived on the cultural diversification of New York. This passion can only be surpassed by her dedication to helping others, and her generosity has been noted. She was honorary chairwoman for the Martha Graham Dance Company in April 2005. She is an active member of the Police Athletic League which honored her with Woman of The Year 2006. She has been an honorary chairwoman for the Boy’s Club of New York for five consecutive years. In 2005, the American Red Cross awarded her with Goodwill Ambassador which she has proudly served for four years. In April 2008, she was asked by Love Our Children USA and NASDAQ to participate in the Fifth Annual National Love Our Children Day and the beginning of National Child Abuse Prevention month by ringing the closing bell at NASDAQ. In February 2010, Trump co-chaired the American Heart Association’s annual Palm Beach Heart Ball, which raised more than $1.7 million for research. Trump’s philanthropic interests represent her humanitarian side, and she remains an indefatigable and dedicated New Yorker.
She married Donald Trump in January 2005. They had their first child, Barron William Trump, in March 2006. In February 2010, Trump announced the launch of her debut jewelry collection with QVC, "Melania® Timepieces & Jewelry.” Her fifth televised collection aired in July 2010.
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