The former model and wife of President Trump is poised to take over from Michelle Obama as the USA’s most prominent woman.
Melania Trump is the new First Lady of the United States, third wife of Donald Trump and mother to their 10-year-old son Barron William Trump.
Born Melania Knauss, the 45-year-old former model met Donald at a fashion party in 1998, when he was still married to his second wife, Marla Maples.
She was 28 when they met – Donald, 24 years her senior, was on a date with another woman, but that didn’t stop him from asking for her number after he’d sent his lady-friend to the bathroom to get Melania alone.
They wed in 2005 in a Palm Beach ceremony attended by 350 guests – including Donald’s future political rival Hillary Clinton and her husband Bill.
For their wedding, Melania wore a strapless custom Dior gown costing $100,000 that was embellished with 1,500 crystals and had a 13ft train. She wore it with a 16ft veil, and the outfit took seamstresses 550 hours to make.
However, she had such trouble walking in it that she had to change into a second Vera Wang wedding dress for the after-party at Trump’s Florida estate.
Along with the Clintons, Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum and Barbara Walters were among guests who ate caviar and glugged Cristal champagne, before the newlyweds tackled a five-foot, 200lbs wedding cake with seven layers and 3,000 white roses made from icing.
Melania Trump’s style
The FLOTUS-elect tends to opt for form-fitting dresses, chic pencil skirts and block colours – but in the past she’s favoured cleavage-baring outfits and hemlines that showed off her long legs.
Melania’s modelling career
Melania worked as a model in the 1980s and 90s, including in her home country Slovinia and, controversially, in the US before she obtained a work visa. According to reports this week, she was paid for 10 jobs between arriving in the country on August 27 1996 and receiving the legal permission required to look for paid work.
She started modelling at the age of five, when she posed for catalogues alongside elder sister Ines.
According to childhood friends, Melania’s life-long dream was to be a model – and she reached the attention of renowned fashion photographer Stane Jerko at the age of 17, when she took this black and white shots.
The First Family
Along with Donald and Melania, Donald’s children will now have full run of the White House.
Donald Trump Jr., 38, is the eldest of Donald’s children and is the product of his marriage to Ivana. Don Jr. is married to Vanessa Trump and has five children of his own – Kai, Donald III, Tristan, Chloe and Spencer.
Ivanka Trump, 35, is a businesswoman and Donald’s eldest daughter with his first wife, Ivana Trump. She married husband Jared Kushner in 2009 and is the mother of three children, Arabella, Joseph and Theodore
Eric Trump, 32, is the third child from Donald and Ivana’s marriage. He’s married to Lara Yunaska and has followed his dad and elder brother into business.
Tiffany Trump, 23, is the only child of Donald and his second wife Marla Maples.
Barron Trump, 10, is the youngest of Trump’s brood