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Melania Trump at the QVC Red Carpet Style Party, Four Seasons Hotel, Los Angeles, CA on February 25, 2011
April 26, 1970
|Occupation||Model, socialite, jewelry designer|
|Spouse(s)||Donald Trump (2005-present)|
|Children||Barron Trump (b. 2006); four stepchildren from Trump's previous marriages|
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Melania Knauss-Trump (born Melanija Knavs, germanized to Melania Knauss; April 26, 1970) is a Slovenian former model and the wife of American real estate magnate Donald Trump. They married on January 22, 2005.
Knauss-Trump was born in the town of Sevnica in Slovenia's Lower Sava Valley (then part of Yugoslavia) in 1970. Her father Viktor Knavs was from the nearby town of Radeče, while her mother Amalija came from a village in the area surrounding Sevnica.
She met Donald Trump in the late 1990s. Knauss's relationship with Trump grew as she launched her modelling career, and 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 The Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea in 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 made by the house of Christian Dior often mentioned. The cake at the reception was a 50-pound orange Grand Marnier cake with a Grand Marnier butter-cream filling, covered with 3,000 roses, constructed by the chef at Mar-A-Lago.
On March 20, 2006, Knauss-Trump 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 perfect". It was Trump's fifth child.
After obtaining a degree in design and architecture at the University of Ljubljana, she started working as a model both in Milan and Paris before settling in New York City in 1996. She was on the cover of Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Ocean Drive, In Style, New York Magazine, Avenue, Allure, Vanity Fair, Self, Glamour, Elle, and appeared in the 2000 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
In February 2010, Knauss-Trump announced the launch of a jewellery collection with QVC. Knauss appeared in a television 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.
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