Seven things you didn’t know about U.S. incoming First Lady Melania Trump

MELANIA TRUMP [PHOTO/COURTESY]

It is now official that Melania Trump is the incoming First Lady of the United States of America after her husband Republican Donald Trump won the U.S. presidential election after bagging 289 of the electoral votes compared to Democrat Hillary Clinton’s 218 as at 12 noon on November 9, 2016.

Melania Trump stepped into the spotlight after keeping a fairly low profile for the past few months, delivering a series of speeches to support Donald throughout 2016 presidential campaign.

eDaily highlights seven interesting things you probably did not know about 46-year-old Mrs Trump (Courtesy of The Week):

Melania is Trump’s third wife

The former Melania Knauss started dating Donald Trump in 1998, married him in 2005 and gave birth to their son, Barron, the following year. Before Melania, Donald was married for a few years in the 1990s to Marla Maples, a television personality, former beauty queen and mother to their daughter Tiffany Trump. The couple met while the businessman was still with his first wife, Czechoslovakian Ivana Zelnickova, who he had married in 1977. They have three children Ivanka, Eric and eldest child Donald Trump Jr, who, at 38, is eight years younger than his stepmother Melania.

The Clintons went to her wedding

Bill and Hillary Clinton were among the 350 guests when Melania and Donald tied the knot at the groom’s landmark Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida. According to GQ, the bride wore a $100,000 Dior dress with 1,500 crystals, which took a “legendary” 550 hours to make. It had a 13ft train and the bride wore a 16ft veil. However, the gown was so difficult to walk in that Melania changed into a Vera Wang hand-ruched silk tulle Grecian dress for the poolside after-party. Her 12-carat, emerald-cut Graff wedding ring is said to be worth £1.5m.

Melania speaks five languages

The U.S First lady is able to speak five different languages which include Slovenian, English, French, Serbian and German.

Melania Trump is the first lady to be born in a communist nation,Yugoslavia,and only the second to be born abroad, after Louisa Adams, the English wife of sixth president John Quincy, who served from 1825 to 1829.

She would be the only first lady to have posed nude

Three years before she met Donald Trump, Melania posed nude alongside for a French men’s monthly magazine. The “bombshell” photo set, obtained by the New York Post, shows her lying naked in a bed alongside Scandinavian model Emma Eriksson.

She is raising her son as ‘Little Donald’

Ten-year-old Barron apparently loves wearing a suit and tie and playing golf with his dad. He is also said to share his father’s love of bossing people around. “He fired nannies, fired housekeepers,” Melania said in a 2011 interview, adding that he quickly hired them back.

She has a secret half-brother

While preparing a profile of the potential first lady for GQ, reporter Julia Ioffe made a startling discovery – Melania’s father, Victor Knavs, who she describes as traditional and hardworking, fathered a secret son before marrying the model’s mother.

Melania initially said the reports were false but later, confronted with court documents, claimed she had misunderstood the question and had known about her half-brother “for years”.

She supports her husband’s hardline stance on immigration

Although it’s not surprising for a candidate’s wife to back her husband’s policies, some were taken aback by Melania’s enthusiasm for the Republican’s tough rhetoric on migrants, having immigrated to the US herself.

“I follow the law,” she told an MSNBC interviewer. “I never thought to stay here without papers.”

 

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