Melania Trump: From Rags To Riches!

It’s not surprising that Melania Trump has been the topic of essentially every conversation as of late. But Melania hasn’t always been involved in international politics. She came from extremely humble roots and had a promising modeling career after moving to America. Curious to see what Melania’s life looked like before politics and Donald Trump? Keep scrolling to see the dramatic evolution of the beautiful Melania Trump!

1. Mid-1970s

Melania was born on April 26, 1970 in Novo Mesto, Slovenia. Here she is in the mid-1970s during a children’s fashion show!

2. 1987

Melania always had dreams of becoming a model. Here she is at age 17 posing for famous photographer Stane Jerko.

3. 1987

When Melania was 18, she signed with a modeling agency in Milan, Italy and her career really began to take off.

4. 1998

She met her future husband, Donald Trump, during a Fashion Week party in 1998.

5. 1999

Melania continued to pursue her modeling career while living in the United States. In 1999, she appeared on the cover of Ocean Drive magazine.

6. 1999

Melania and Donald’s relationship continued to grow in 1999. Here she is during the 27th Annual Fifi Awards.

7. 2000

Melania continued her modeling career throughout the early 2000s, appearing in many photoshoots and on multiple magazine covers.

8. 2000

Here she is attending the VH1 Vogue Fashion Awards in 2000.

9. 2000

Here she is with Donald at an event in 2000 when she was still Melania Knauss.

10. 2001

The couple attended the 73rd Annual Academy Awards together in March 2001.

11. 2003

Melania continued to refine her style throughout the early 2000s. Here she is attending a flagship store opening in New York City.

12. 2005

Melania and Donald were engaged in 2004. In 2005, she appeared on the cover of Vogue wearing her $200,000 John Galliano wedding gown.

13. 2005

A newly married Melania flashed her engagement bling during the US Weekly’s Young Hollywood Hot 20 event.

14. 2006

In 2006, Melania attended the 18th Annual Women of the Year Luncheon with her stepdaughter, Ivanka Trump.

15. 2007

On March 20, 2006, Melania gave birth to Barron William Trump. Here they are in January 2007 supporting Donald as he received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame!

16. 2008

Melania posed with Barron at the 17th Annual Bunny Hop at FAO Schwarz in 2008. They’re a beautiful family!

17. 2010

Melania looked phenomenal in a bubblegum pink dress while attending a runway show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in 2010.

18. 2012

The Trumps stepped out together in May 2012 for the annual Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute Gala.

19. 2014

As Donald Trump began his political career, Melania continued to be by his side at public events.

20. 2017

And now, Melania is the First Lady of the United States! Her life has been full of huge turning points.

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21. Melania looked calm, cool, and collected in her baby blue ensemble while walking with Donald to the Capitol Building in January 2017.

22. Melania, Donald, and Barron struck a pose at the Trump Invitational Grand Prix Mar-a-Lago Club in January 2015.

23. The new first lady and president shared a dance during the Freedom Inaugural Ball in January 2017.

24. Throwback! Melania, Donald, and Ivanka attended The Metropolitan Museums Costume Institute Benefit Gala together in 2004.

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25. Melania posed with baby Barron during the 16th Annual Bunny Hop at FAO Schwarz in 2007.

26. The Trumps attended the opening night of Sweet Charity on Broadway back in 2005.

27. Melania showed off her beautiful bronzed glow during the Martha Graham Dance Company Opening Night Gala in 2005.

28. Melania rocked bangs, a smokey eye, and a glittering gown at the 2011 Met Gala.

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