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Melania Knauss Trump Biography

Birth Name:
Melanija Knavs
Birth Place:
Novo Mesto, Slovenia, Yugoslavia
First Lady of the U.S., model, businesswoman

Fast Facts

  • Was secretly baptized as Catholic because her father was a member of the League of Communists of Slovenia
  • Changed the spelling of her name to Melania Knauss when she became a professional model
  • Dropped out of university to pursue a modeling career
  • Moved to Manhattan in 1996
  • Became a U
  • S
  • citizen in 2006
  • In 2010, launched her jewelry collection, Melania Timepieces & Jewelry
  • The second First Lady of the United States born in a foreign country, the first whose first language is not English, and the first naturalized citizen


  • Viktor Knavs -- Father
  • Donald Trump -- Husband
  • Amalija Ulcnik -- Mother
  • Ines -- Sister
  • Barron William Trump -- Son
  • Ivanka Trump -- Stepdaughter
  • Tiffany Trump -- Stepdaughter
  • Donald Trump Jr. -- Stepson
  • Eric Trump -- Stepson