Melania Trump, the wife of the 45th POTUS, is definitely a mysterious woman. Her rags-to-riches life story is filled with weird tales from her childhood. Have you ever wondered, what was Melania Trump's childhood like? What was her experience growing up? The First Lady grew up in a pretty blue-collar environment, in a tiny Slovenian town. Her parents were known to be ambitious and encouraged her to take advantage of modeling opportunities.
The Donald apparently reminded her of her Communist dad, which made her like him all the more. Melania Trump is an enigma and people can't seem to find out if she really likes her life with The Donald. So, who was Melania Trump before Trump? Find out by reading strange stories about her youth below!
She Grew Up Working-Class In Slovenia
Melania Trump (then known as Melanija Knavs, which was later changed to Melania Knauss) grew up in the blue-collar town of Sevnica, Slovenia. Her mother worked in a factory, where she designed kids clothes, and her dad sold car parts to provide for his family.
The Knausses lived in a "Communist-era apartment block" where neighbors remember them as ambitious, hardworking, and well-dressed.
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Donald Reminded Her Of Her Dad
They’re both hardworking. They’re both very smart and very capable. They grew up in totally different environments, but they have the same values, they have the same tradition. I myself am similar to my husband. Do you understand what I mean? So is my dad; he is a family man, he has tradition, he was hardworking. So is my husband.
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Melania's Mom Harvested Red Onions
Melania's mom started as a country girl who became a working-class woman. In fact, the New York Times reported that Amalija Knauss started her career by picking red onions on her family farm, then moved to town and got a factory job. She also sewed her daughters clothes after work so they could dress to impress.
Amalija Knavs seems to be quite close to her daughter, and she and her hubby, Viktor, frequently visit Melania and their grandson in America.
Melania Has Been Modeling Since Age Five
Melania officially started modeling at the tender age of five. She told the website Parenting, "My mom was in the fashion business. I was five years old when I did my first catwalk and did commercials at 16."
Eventually, she signed with a modeling agency in her late teens and started traveling the world, going from Paris to Milan on business.
Her Father Was An Active Member Of The Communist Party
Papa Knauss was an active Communist Party partisan back in the day. This was under the reign of dictator Josip Broz Tito. As a result, Melania wasn't formally baptized and didn't participate in communion during her childhood, since Communists banned organized religion.
Viktor Knauss's relationship to the Communist party allowed him to get a job and provide for his family, according to second-hand accounts.
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She And A Boyfriend Loved Dancing To Wham!
Melania must have mourned the passing of George Michael in 2016, since she loved boogying down to his band, Wham!, in her youth. A man who claims to be her first boyfriend, Peter Butoln, said the two fell in love when she was about 17.
Butoln drove her around on the back of his Vespa to a local discotheque, where they danced (poorly, supposedly) to Wham!