Wednesday, November 09, 2016

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25] She was featured as a bikini model in the 2000 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.[26][27] As a model, she was associated with Irene Marie Management Group and Donald Trump's Trump Model Management.[28]
In the 2000s, she appeared in an advertisement for Aflac insurance in which she and the Aflac mascot, a duck, voiced at the time by comedian Gilbert Gottfried, exchange personalities via a Frankenstein-like mad experiment.[citation needed]

Marriage to Donald Trump

Melania and Donald Trump at the Oscar de la Renta Fashion Show in New York City, 2006
After moving to New York City in 1996,[29] Melania met Donald Trump at a Fashion Week party in New York City in September 1998, while he was still married to, but separated from, Marla Maples;[2][30] Donald attended the event with another date, Celina Midelfart, and Melania initially refused to give Donald her phone number.[23] Melania broke off the relationship shortly after it began, but the couple reconciled after a few months.[4] Their relationship gained attention after a 1999 interview on The Howard Stern Show.[31] In 2000, Melania appeared with Donald while he campaigned for that year's Reform Party presidential nomination.[31] Their relationship gained additional publicity after the 2004 launch of Donald's business-oriented reality television show, The Apprentice. Donald described their long courtship in 2005: "We literally have never had an argument, forget about the word 'fight' ... We just are very compatible. We get along."[30]
After becoming engaged in 2004, Donald and Melania were married on January 22, 2005, at The Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach, Florida, followed by a reception in the ballroom at Donald's Mar-a-Lago estate.[32]
The event was attended by celebrities such as Katie Couric, Matt Lauer, Rudy Giuliani, Heidi Klum, Star Jones, P. Diddy, Shaquille O'Neal, Barbara Walters, Conrad Black, Regis Philbin, Simon Cowell, Kelly Ripa, then-Senator Hillary Clinton, and former president Bill Clinton.[32][33] At the reception, Billy Joel serenaded the crowd with "Just the Way You Are" and supplied new lyrics about Trump to the tune of "The Lady Is a Tramp".[32]
The Trumps' wedding ceremony and reception were widely covered by the media.[29] Trump wore a $200,000 dress made by John Galliano of the house of Christian Dior.[32]
In March 2006, Melania gave birth to a son named Barron William Trump. Donald suggested his first name and Melania his middle name.[34] As an infant, Barron reportedly occupied his own floor in the Trumps' apartment in Trump Tower in Manhattan, but often slept in a crib in his parents' bedroom.[34] He plays golf with his father and is reported to be fluent in Slovene.[35] He is said to like wearing a suit and tie, and Melania's nickname for him is "Mini-Donald".[5]

Role in 2016 U.S. presidential election

Trump supporting the Donald Trump presidential campaign
In November 2015, when asked about her husband's presidential campaign, Trump said: "I encouraged him because I know what he will do and what he can do for America. He loves the American people and he wants to help them."[36] When asked by The New York Times in 1999 what her role would be if Donald Trump were to become president, Trump replied: "I would be very traditional. Like Betty Ford or Jackie Kennedy. I would support him."[5]
An anti-Donald Trump PAC in March 2016 published an attack ad featuring a nude photo of Trump that was published in 2000 as part of a British GQ magazine photoshoot.[37] The photograph shows her handcuffed to a briefcase, lying on a fur blanket aboard Donald Trump's private jet.[2][25][38]
In July 2016, Melania Trump's official website was redirected to Trump.com. On Twitter, she stated that her site was outdated and did not "accurately reflect [her] current business and professional interests."[39] This change came after it was widely noted by the media that the website had falsely claimed for more than 10 years that she had a degree in architecture and design from the University of Ljubljana.[40][41][42][43][44] Her biography in the 2016 Republican National Convention official program also incorrectly stated that she had obtained a degree in Slovenia.[14][45]
"Comparing Melania Trump's Speech in 2016 with Michelle Obama's in 2008"
On July 18, 2016, Trump gave a speech on the first day of the 2016 Republican National Convention. The speech contained a paragraph that was nearly identical to a paragraph of Michelle Obama's speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.[46][47][48] When asked about the speech, Trump said she wrote the speech herself "with as little help as possible".[49] Two days later, Trump staff writer Meredith McIver took responsibility and apologized for the "confusion".[50]
On September 1, 2016, her attorneys filed defamation lawsuits against British tabloid the Daily Mail and Webster Tarpley, a Maryland political blogger. Both had published allegations from other sources that she worked as an escort for a gentlemen's club in Italy in the 1990s. Tarpley published a retraction and an apology on August 22. The Daily Mail published a retraction and apology after the suit was filed.[51][52]

First Lady of the United States

She will assume the role

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