Melania Knauss-Trump (born Melanija Knavs, anglicized to
Melania Knauss, on April 26, 1970) is a model from Slovenia, and
is the wife of the prolific American business executive and real
estate magnate Donald Trump, who is 24 years her senior and whom
she married on January 22, 2005.
She was born in Sevnica, Slovenia, at the time when it was part
of (the former) Yugoslavia. She grew up in a home where her Austrian
father and Slovenian mother made sure she was well-educated with
the intention of success in life on their minds. This meant many
hours of studying when she was young.
In 1999, she met Trump at a fashion event. At the same time she
secured a big modeling job for Allure magazine.
Her notoriety was raised a few notches after appearing on the Howard
Stern show with Trump and revealing their naughty sex life. This
led to a nude layout in British GQ magazine, including the cover
shot in January of 2000. She was considered a supermodel in many
parts of Europe, although she did not achieve that level of fame
in the United States.
As Melania's relationship with Trump grew, Melania continued to
do modeling, but also became involved with the social set of New
York. Their relationship received increasing publicity after the
launch of Trump's successful business-oriented reality television
show, The Apprentice.
Trump and Knauss became engaged in 2004, and married on January
22, 2005 at Bethesda by the Sea Episcopal Church in West Palm Beach,
Florida, followed by a reception at Trump's Mar-A-Lago estate. Their
wedding ceremony was widely covered by the media, with the fact
that Knauss wore a $200,000 dress frequently noted.
Recently, Knauss has appeared in a comic TV advertisement for Aflac
insurance, in which she and the Aflac mascot, a duck, voiced by
comedian Gilbert Gottfried, exchange personalities via a Frankenstein-like
mad experiment. She has appeared as a guest host on The View.
On September 27, 2005, the Trumps announced that Melania was pregnant
with Donald Trump's fifth child. On March 20, 2006 Melania gave
birth to a boy, whom the couple named Barron William Trump. Donald
Trump made the announcement via phone on the Imus in the Morning
show about 20 minutes after birth, stating that "Everyone's
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