Modeling career

Who did the First Lady model for?

FIRST Lady Melania Trump got her start in the modeling world as a teenager and has since gone on to have a long and successful career.

She has done several magazine covers since she was discovered by a famous fashion photographer.


Melania Trump got her start in the modeling world as a teenagerCredit: WireImage-Getty

When did Melania Trump start modeling?

First lady Melanie Trump started modeling when she was just 16.

She worked as a model in agencies in Milan and Paris and moved to New York in 1996.

Fashion photographer Stane Jerko is credited with discovering her as a model.

“It was January 1987 when I got home just before the fashion show was over,” Jerko told Today.

“On the stairs of the party hall, I saw a girl who immediately caught my eye. There stood a tall, slim, attractive girl with long hair and distinct eyes.

She then dropped out of the University of Ljubljana where she was studying design and architecture to focus on modelling.

Were Melania’s parents fashionable?

Melania’s mother, from a small town in Slovenia, worked in fashion while Melania was growing up.

Her mother Amalija Knavs was a children’s clothing designer while her father Viktor was a car dealer.

Melania modeled for GQ


Melania modeled for GQCredit: GQ

Melanie said People in 2016: “I have always loved fashion. My mother was a fashion designer, so it was always in my blood.

Who did Melania Trump model for?

The first lady has worked with photographers such as Patrick Demarchelier and Helmut Newton.

She has appeared on the covers of Harper’s Bazaar in Bulgaria and Vanity Fair in Italy.

One of her most infamous gigs is her nude photo shoot with GQ in 2000, which she says was “nothing more than what you see every year in Sports Illustrated.”

She first met future husband Donald Trump at a New York party at the Kit Kat Club during fashion week in 1998 and said she was “not dazzled”.

Trump, who at the time was a real estate mogul who had just done the first season of The Apprentice, proposed to Melania at the Met Gala in 2004.

The couple married in 2005 in Palm Beach, Florida, and Melania was 34 at the time. Trump was 58 years old.

It has long been speculated that Melania did not like being married to her husband.

In November 2021, eagle-eyed fans noticed that Melania was filmed rolling her eyes at her hubby during a World Series game.

The clip, which was captured as the Atlanta Braves took on the Houston Astros, has been viewed over 4 million times.

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