The United States will soon have a new first lady in the White House. But, while many of us already know a great deal about her husband and President-elect Donald Trump, it turns out that Melania Trump is still a rather elusive figure to the American people. So, in honor of our next FLOTUS, here are a few facts you should know about Mrs. Trump.
Overcame Communist Yugoslavia
Melania will be only the second immigrant first lady in our country’s history aside from John Quincy Adams’ wife, Louisa Adams. She was born as Melanija Knavs in the humble town of Novo Mesto, Yugoslavia which is now Slovenia. As a young girl, she lived in a Communist-style apartment building that overlooked a river, as well as smoking factory chimneys.
But, even in her childhood Melania was persevering and bright, and she later uprooted her small town and moved to Ljubljana, the country’s capital, to attend high school. It was during this time period that a photographer discovered the gorgeous Melania on the street and helped her break into modeling.
Speaks Six Languages
After becoming a model at the young age of 16, Melania had the opportunity to travel the world and observe diverse cultures. In addition to making strides in her modeling career along these years, Melania also took this time period as an advantage to brush up on her linguistic skills and would ultimately become fluent in six languages–including English, German, French, Italian, Serbo-Croatian in addition to her native Slovene.
Intends To End Cyberbullying
In November 2016, Melania made a moving campaign speech in Philadelphia addressing the dark side of the internet. She explained that if she were to become first lady she would work to improve a social media culture that has gotten “too mean and too tough.”
“It is never OK when a 12-year-old girl or boy is mocked, bullied or attacked,” the succeeding first lady contended. “It is terrible when it happens on the playground, and it is absolutely unacceptable when it is done by someone with no name hiding on the internet. We have to find a better way to talk to each other,” Melania concluded in her compelling address.
American Red Cross Goodwill Ambassador
Not only is our succeeding FLOTUS beautiful and brilliant, but she’s also greathearted. In 2005, Melania became the American Red Cross Goodwill Ambassador–a role which she virtuously served until 2009. Mrs. Trump cares immensely about the community and isn’t short on philanthropic work–she is also an active member of the Police Athletic League, an honorary chairwoman for the Boys Club of New York, and has been associated with The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Takes Motherhood Seriously
Melania is strong-willed and intelligent, but she has proven that she isn’t your typical political spouse–in an astonishing way. While she supports her husband tremendously in his political career, the maternal beauty would much rather tend to her young son Barron, than embark on the demanding world of politics on her own. “You know, those hours with your child are really important ones, even if it’s just the two of you, being quiet in the car together,” the succeeding FLOTUS has said about motherhood.