The United States of America is about to get a new First Lady, and she’s an immigrant. While Melania Trump won’t be the first foreign-born First Lady in American history, it’s been 192 years since British-born Louisa Adams, President John Adams’ wife, lived in The White House. Here’s a little timeline to familiarize yourself with the nation’s second immigrant First Lady…
Melania Trump (born Melanija Knava) was born in modern-day Slovenia when it was still Yugoslavia.
— MELANIA TRUMP (@MELANIATRUMP) January 9, 2015
She was born to Viktor and Amalija Knavs on April 26, 1970. According to the Daily Mail, Melania’s father was a member of the League of Communists.
She always dreamed of becoming a model since she was a young girl participating in fashion shows in the small town of Sevnica, Slovenia.
Many looks! pic.twitter.com/9ZQyTcVy
— MELANIA TRUMP (@MELANIATRUMP) August 21, 2012
“Melania was transfixed by the idea of becoming a model and loved sketching designs for clothes,” Melania’s best friend Nena Bedek told Daily Mail. “She took extra art classes outside school and was naturally stylish and she had a good dress sense. And she would pick up magazines from her mother’s trade shows, soaking up ideas.”
According to Biography, Melania began modeling at 16 years old and even dropped out of the University of Ljubljana after one year to pursue her modeling full time.
— MELANIA TRUMP (@MELANIATRUMP) November 14, 2012
Dropping out of school seems to not have been in vain after success as a model in Paris and Milan. Melania moved to New York City in 1996 and found more success with world-renowned photographers.
Two years after moving to New York City, in 1998, Melania met Donald Trump during a New York fashion party. In 2004, they became engaged.
— MELANIA TRUMP (@MELANIATRUMP) January 22, 2013
Even though Melania did not want to date Donald originally, she eventually established a relationship with the real estate mogul. By 2005, the couple married in front of guests that included Hillary and Bill Clinton.
Just one year after their marriage, Melania and Donald welcomed their son Barron into the world.
— MELANIA TRUMP (@MELANIATRUMP) May 1, 2014
By 2010, Melania launched her own jewelry line and it was a hit on QVC.
Landing ✈️ pic.twitter.com/tNZywmYMhs
— MELANIA TRUMP (@MELANIATRUMP) March 25, 2015
According to Forbes, her jewelry line has seen a steady decrease in revenue.
— MELANIA TRUMP (@MELANIATRUMP) August 30, 2012
Melania caused a media frenzy when she was accused of copying Michelle Obama’s 2008 Democratic National Convention speech.
Statement on Melania Trump Speech pic.twitter.com/80KgS0jxXz
— MELANIA TRUMP (@MELANIATRUMP) July 19, 2016
All parts of the Trump campaign vehemently denied the plagiarism claims, but the similarities between the two speeches were apparent.
During the campaign, Melania stood beside her husband and supported almost everything he did, except for his Twitter etiquette.
— MELANIA TRUMP (@MELANIATRUMP) June 17, 2012
“Sometimes I feel that the retweets sometimes get him in trouble so I say stay away from retweets,” Melanie told Sean Hannity. “And you know if he would only listen… he’s doing great.”
And, as First Lady, Melania has vowed to tackle the cyberbullying culture of America.
— MELANIA TRUMP (@MELANIATRUMP) November 7, 2016
“Our culture has gotten too mean and too rough, especially to children and teenagers,” she told a crowd during a Trump rally in Philadelphia. “It is never OK when a 12-year-old girl or boy is mocked, bullied or attacked. It is terrible when that happens on the playground and it is absolutely unacceptable when it’s done by someone with no name hiding on the internet.”
Ladies and gentlemen, your First Lady of the United States: Melania Trump.
— MELANIA TRUMP (@MELANIATRUMP) July 23, 2016