Melania Trump

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Melania Trump
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Melania Trump at the QVC Red Carpet Style Party, Four Seasons Hotel, Los Angeles, CA on February 25, 2011
Born Melanija Knavs
(1970-04-26) April 26, 1970 (age 45)
Sevnica, Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Nationality Slovenian
(Naturalized U.S. citizen)
Occupation Model, jewelry designer
Years active 1986–present
Spouse(s) Donald Trump (2005–present)
Children Barron William Trump
Relatives Donald Trump Jr. (stepson)
Ivanka Trump (stepdaughter)
Eric Trump (stepson)
Tiffany Trump (stepdaughter)
Jared Kushner (stepson-in-law)
Website Melania Trump Official Website

Melania Knauss-Trump (born Melanija Knavs, Germanized to Melania Knauss; April 26, 1970) is a jewelry and watch designer and former model.[1] She and the American real estate developer Donald Trump married on January 22, 2005.[2] Born in Slovenia, Knauss-Trump became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2006.[3]

Early life[edit]

Knauss was born in 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, within the confines of Sevnica Castle.[4] She began her modeling career at age 16, and at age 18 signed with a modeling agency in Milan.[3]


After obtaining a degree in design and architecture at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia,[3] Knauss started working as a model for major fashion houses in Milan and Paris, before relocating to New York City in 1996.[3] She subsequently appeared on the covers of Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Ocean Drive, In Style, New York Magazine, Avenue, Allure, Vanity Fair, Self, Glamour, Elle, and was featured in the 2000 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.[3]

She made appearances on The Howard Stern Show[5] and The Larry King Show with Trump.[6] This led to a layout in British GQ magazine, including the cover shot in January 2000. On televsion, Knauss has 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,[3] and she has co-hosted "The View" with Barbara Walters.[3]

She was Honorary Chairwoman for Martha Graham Dance Company in April 2005; is an active member of the Police Athletic League, which honored her with Woman of The Year 2006; has been an Honorary Chairwoman for The Boy's Club of New York for five consecutive years; and in 2005, The American Red Cross awarded her with the title of Goodwill Ambassador.[3]

In 2010, she launched her jewelry collection, "Melania™ Timepieces & Jewelry”, and in 2013, debuted a skin care line, "Melania™ Caviar Complexe C6".[3]

Marriage to Donald Trump[edit]

Knauss first met Donald Trump in late 1998, after moving to New York in 1996.[7] Their relationship received increasing publicity after the launch of Trump's successful business-oriented reality television show, The Apprentice, in 2004.

Trump and Knauss became engaged in 2004, and married January 22, 2005, at The Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach, Florida, followed by a reception in the 17,000-sq.-ft. ballroom at Trump's Mar-A-Lago estate.[2] The wedding and reception were attended by, among others, Katie Couric, Matt Lauer, Rudy Giuliani, Star Jones, Barbara Walters, Regis Philbin, Kelly Ripa, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Billy Joel, who serenaded the crowd with "Just the Way You Are", and made up punning lyrics about Trump to the tune of "The Lady and the Tramp".[2]

Their wedding ceremony was widely covered by the media.[7] Knauss wore a $200,000 dress made by the house of Christian Dior,[6] and 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.[2]

On March 20, 2006, Knauss gave birth to their child, a boy, whom the couple named Barron William Trump.[3] Donald Trump made the announcement via phone on the Imus in the Morning show about 20 minutes after birth, stating that "everyone's perfect."


  1. ^ "Melania Trump would be a First Lady for the Ages", New York Post, August 16, 2015. Retrieved 2015-08-17
  2. ^ a b c d Natasha Stoynoff - "Donald Trump Weds Melania Knauss", People, January 23, 2005. Retrieved 2015-08-17
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Melanie Trump - "My World", Retrieved 2015-08-17
  4. ^ "Tednik CELJAN". Retrieved 2011-11-25. 
  5. ^ "Melania Knauss". Ask Men. Retrieved 2 May 2011. 
  6. ^ a b Melania Trump - IMDb Bio. Retrieved 201-08-25
  7. ^ a b "Melania Knauss Biography". Star Pulse. Retrieved 2 May 2011. 

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