Back in 1998, when Melania Knauss first met Donald Trump, she was a struggling model who had come to New York two years earlier to make it in the industry. Now, a new report says that when the two started dating, the model was about to run out of money, living in an apartment with a number of other models -- including her sister.
The Sunday Express says that before Melania met Donald Trump she was having trouble gaining traction in her career -- and in the two years since arriving in New York from Slovenia, she was still trying to make a name for herself in the fashion industry. They added that Melania met Trump at just the right time, as she was having difficulty financially.
"She ran into Donald just at the right time. She was just about out of money, at the end of her rope and about to move back to Eastern Europe."
Until Melania Knauss started dating the current president, she was working in New York without a green card. But, in 2001, she received an "elite EB-1" green card, sometimes known as an Einstein visa, which is "designed for renowned academic researchers, multinational business executives or those in other fields, such as Olympic athletes and Oscar-winning actors, who demonstrated 'sustained national and international acclaim.'"