When her husband, former President Donald Trump, became the country’s leader, Melania Trump preferred to remain out of the limelight.
Melania faced a number of issues as a result of the debates surrounding her husband’s presidency, including a donation that was refused by the receiver and a charity that raised many questions.
According to Biography, Melania and Donald met in September 1998 while the former first lady was attending New York City Fashion Week.
Melania was 28 years old at that time, while Donald was 52. The former president was divorcing his second wife, Marla Maples, at the time.
Donald was accompanied by his date, Celina Midelfart, a Norwegian cosmetics heiress. Celina, on the other hand, saw Melania as he walked to the bathroom and quickly approached her.
Melania said Donald Trump had asked for her phone number, but she had also asked for his. Donald then gave her all of his phone numbers, including those for his office, Mar-a-Lago, and his New York residence.
They went on their first date after a week, and the spark was kindled. Within the first year of meeting each other, the two broke up several times.
When he first considered running for president as a Reform Party candidate in 2000, Melania was not on his side. But the two made amends, and Melania acquired her Green Card and moved into Donald’s Trump Tower penthouse in 2001.
Donald proposed to Melania with a $1.5 million diamond ring in April 2004, praising her willingness to sign a prenup and acknowledging her support in him being a TV personality.
Melania was dressed in a $100,000 Christian Dior adorned with over 1,500 crystals when she married at the Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach, Florida, in January 2005.
Barbara Walters, Regis Philbin, Matt Lauer, Bill, and Hillary Clinton were among the star-studded guest list, which also included Billy Joel.
Melania Trump as Former First Lady
Melania Trump is the second first lady of the United States to be born outside of the country. She is also the only first lady who has become a naturalized citizen of the United States.
Melania Trump was born in Slovenia and worked as a model for agencies in Europe’s fashion capitals of Milan and Paris before moving to New York City in 1996.
Melania Trump has become a kindness ambassador, advocating for issues affecting children’s lives and giving voice to the country’s most vulnerable children and families.
According to the Trump White House Archives site, she served as an Honorary Chairwoman for the Boys’ Club of New York for five years and was honored Woman of the Year by the Police Athletic League in 2006.
Melania became the American Heart Association’s chairwoman in 2010, raising $1.7 million for research. She also started her own jewelry brand in the same year.
Melania Trump has spent most of her time as the first lady of the United States working with children in classrooms, hospitals, care facilities, the White House, and communities throughout the world.
She has promoted the BE BEST campaign, which has three pillars: child well-being, online safety, and opioid abuse.
Donald Trump and Melania Trump Marriage: Celebrating 17 Years
Donald and Melania Trump recently celebrated their 17th wedding anniversary. According to People, the former president and former first lady celebrated their wedding anniversary in January with a low-key weekend at their home in Florida.
“Both are very happy to be in Palm Beach. Mar-a-Lago is their home and they could not be happier about that. They do not miss New York,” a source told the outlet.
Melania and Donald, according to the insider, have a livable relationship and get along despite their distinct personalities and interests.
Another insider told People that the pair have seen their friends for dinner at the club frequently in recent months, but that they mostly do their own thing and spend little time together.
Melania is busy with her family, the spa at Mar-a-Lago, and her own business and philanthropic interests, according to the source. Donald plays golf regularly with politicians who fly down and social friends from his club, while Melania is busy with her family, the spa at Mar-a-Lago, and her own business and philanthropic interests.
The former first lady was also heavily involved in her 15-year-old son Barron Trump’s private schooling, according to the source.
Melania Trump’s life would be guided by her own interests, according to another source, but she also knows what Donald Trump wants from her.
“Each has come to respect what the other wants and needs,” the source said.