President-elect Donald Trump and his wife, Melania Trump, are soon going to become the face of the United States of America. Before the presidential ceremony in January 2017, let’s have a look at the married life of Mr. Donald and his wife.
Melania was born on April 26, 1970, and began her modeling career at age 16 and a year later, she posed for Slovenian fashion photographer Stane Jerko. After moving to New York City in 1996, she met the business mogul Donald Trump at a Fashion Week party in NYC in September 1998. It was around the same time when Mr. Donald was still married to Marla Maples.
Mr. Donald and Melania’s relationship gained media attention when the Slovenian-born model joined him during his campaign for the Reform Party 2000 presidential nomination.
On her now deleted website, it was mentioned that she had a degree in architecture from the University of Slovenia. Following is a quote that was taken down from the same website.
“Born on April 26, 1970, in Slovenia, Melania Knauss began her modeling career at the age of sixteen. At the age of eighteen, she signed with a modeling agency in Milan. After obtaining a degree in design and architecture at University in Slovenia, Melania was jetting between photo shoots in Paris and Milan, finally settling in New York in 1996.”
In 2004, Mr. Donald and Ms. Melania Knauss were engaged and were married on January 22, 2005, in Palm Beach, Florida. It was reported by different media publications that for the wedding, Ms. Melania wore a gown made by John Galliano, which reportedly took 1,000 hours to make, 550 hours of which were only dedicated to hand-sewing 1,500 crystal rhinestones and pearls.
When the Republican party announced their nominee for the president, the world cheered. But it was around the same time when Mr. Donald faced allegations of sexual misconduct. Like every American wife, Ms. Melania defended her husband by calling all those accusations “lies” and saying that he was “egged on” into boyish talks during a 2005 tape in which he made comments about women.
“I believe my husband. I believe my husband,” she said in an interview with CNN.”This was all organized from the opposition. And with the details… did they ever check the background of these women? They don’t have any facts.”
Ms. Melania further added that in all her married life, she has never heard her husband uttering that kind of language.
“No. No, that’s why I was surprised because I said like I don’t know that person that would talk that way, and that he would say that kind of stuff in private,” Melania Trump said.
But it does not mean that she always agrees with the president-elect. In fact, Harper’s Bazaar took specific note of her “unflappability.” Ms. Melania told the magazine that she always loves to give her husband her opinion on certain issues, but sometimes he does not take it.
“Do I agree with him all the time? No. I think it is good for a healthy relationship. I am not a ‘yes’ person. No matter who you are married to, you still need to lead your life.”
Mr. Donald has always supported Ms. Melania on every step of her life. On July 18, 2016, the new First Lady gave a speech on the first day of the 2016 Republican National Convention. The speech contained a paragraph that was nearly identical to a paragraph of Michelle Obama’s speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. When asked about the plagiarized speech, Ms. Melania said that she wrote the speech herself “with as little help as possible.” Two days later, their staff writer, Meredith McIver took the whole responsibility and apologized for all the confusion that speech had created.
“A person she has always liked is Michelle Obama,” McIver said of Melania Trump. “Over the phone, she read me some passages from Mrs. Obama’s speech as examples. I wrote them down and later included some of the phrasing in the draft that ultimately became the final speech.”
McIver said she “did not check Mrs. Obama’s speeches. This was my mistake, and I feel terrible for the chaos I have caused Melania and the Trumps, as well as to Mrs. Obama. No harm was meant.”
Donald Trump is expected to be formally elected by the Electoral College on December 19, 2016, and will take office as the 45th president of the United States of America on January 20, 2017. It would be interesting to see how this power couple will shape the new America.
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