20 facts about Melania Trump that show she is unlike any other US first lady

Former model, who previously launched jewellery and skincare lines and speaks many languages, is more popular than her husband, polls show Melania Trump, the wife of United States President Donald …

Melania Trump, the wife of United States President Donald Trump, stepped into the limelight this month to launch her anti-cyberbullying initiative, “Be Best”.

Her campaign has been puzzling to some, given her husband’s affinity for insulting his opponents on Twitter, and others ridiculed her for releasing an educational booklet that was virtually identical to one the Obama administration published.

Despite the criticism, the first lady is generally well-liked by the American public and is far more popular than her husband, polls have found.

Although she is much more private than her predecessors – spending much of her time away from the spotlight – 57 per cent of Americans say they have a favourable impression of her, according to a CNN poll released last week.

Here are 20 facts about Trump that set her apart from other first ladies.

1. She is only the second US first lady in American history to be born outside the US – in Slovenia.

The only other foreign-born first lady was Louisa Catherine Johnson – the wife of John Quincy Adams, the sixth US president – who was born in England.

US President Donald Trump (left) speaks alongside Melania Trump during an event at the White House in Washington. Photo: AFP

2. Trump is also the only first lady to have grown up in a Communist country, when Slovenia was part of Yugoslavia.

Although money was tight for many people in the small town of Sevnica, where she grew up, people who knew Melanija Knavs – as she was known then – say she was “always very fancy” and “never wore anything from the store”.

US first lady Melania Trump (right) was born in Slovenia, which was then part of Yugoslavia. Photo: EPA-EFE

3. Melania Trump is the only first lady to be the third wife of a US president. Donald Trump was previously married to Ivana Trump until 1992 and Marla Maples until 1999.

Melania Trump (right), pictured with her husband Donald Trump, is the US president’s third wife. Photo: EPA-EFE

4. She is also the only first lady whose first language was not English.

US first lady Melania Trump can speak five languages in addition to her native Slovenian. Photo: AP

5. Melania Trump is a noted polyglot. She can speak more languages than any first lady before her: English, French, German, Italian and Serbian, in addition to her native Slovenian.

French President Emmanuel Macron (right) kisses Melania Trump’s hand during a ceremony at the White House in April. Photo: Reuters

6. The US first lady was a successful model, known for her appearances in Sports Illustrated, Vanity FairVogueHarper’s Bazaar and GQ. She is also the only first lady to have posed nude for magazines, including a British GQ photo spread in 2000.

US President Donald Trump (left) with his wife, Melania Trump, who is a former model. Photo: EPA-EFE

7. You might also recognise Melania Trump from her appearance alongside the Aflac duck in a 2005 mad-scientist-themed television commercial for Aflac, an American insurance company.

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Melania Trump pictured in the Aflac insurance company’s 2005 television commercial. Photo: YouTube/The Hall of Advertising

8. While she towers over many people that she meets, Melania Trump, who is 5 foot 11 inches (180 centimetres) tall, is tied for the tallest first lady with Michelle Obama and Eleanor Roosevelt.

Melania Trump, the US first lady, towers over Russian President Vladimir Putin. Photo: Reuters

9. In addition to her modelling career, Trump was also a businesswoman who launched a jewellery line in 2010 and a caviar-based skincare line in 2013.

US first lady Melania Trump, who previously launched her own jewellery line, visits a pearl jewellery maker in Tokyo in November. Photo: AP

10. The first lady is the second first lady who is a practising Catholic – the first was Jacqueline Kennedy. That made her visit to the Vatican last year meaningful.

When she met Pope Francis, she held out rosary beads for him to bless.

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US President Donald Trump (centre) and his wife Melania Trump (right) flank Pope Francis (second right), together with Jared Kushner (left) and his wife Ivanka Trump during a private audience at the Vatican in 2017. Photo: Reuters

11. Unlike other first ladies, Melania Trump delayed her move into the White House until five months into her husband’s presidency.

US President Donald Trump (left) and first lady Melania Trump, in a Chanel dress, await the arrival of French President Emmanuel Macron at the White House before a state dinner in Washington in April, Photo: EPA-EFE

12. Though some critics speculated that she was trying to shun her role as first lady, the Trumps have said the delay was because they wanted their son, Barron, to finish his fifth-grade studies in New York.

US President Donald Trump waves as he walks with first lady Melania Trump and their son, Barron Trump, at the White House in Washington. Photo: AP

13. But when Melania Trump did finally move to Washington, the members of the permanent White House staff instantly adored her. It was her thoughtful, everyday interactions with them that made her stand out among other first families, former staffers have said.

Melania Trump arrives to launch her ‘Be Best’ initiative, which focuses on tackling bullying and the opioid epidemic among children. Photo: EPA-EFE

14. The Trumps reportedly “spend very little to no time together”, sleep in different bedrooms and operate on separate schedules, according to some White House aides and friends.

US President Donald Trump kisses his wife, Melania Trump, during her ‘Be Best’ initiative event at the White House on May 7. Photo: AP

15. There’s even a conspiracy theory going around Washington that Melania Trump doesn’t live in the White House at all and, instead, lives in a house with her parents near her son’s school.

US first lady Melania Trump (left) and her husband US President Donald Trump (centre) celebrate Easter at the White House in April. Photo: EPA-EFE

16. However, according to the first lady’s spokeswoman, the rumour is “1,000 per cent false”. The spokeswoman said: “We laugh at it all the time.”

U.S. President Donald Trump waves as he arrives with first lady Melania Trump for the Easter service at Bethesda-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., April 1, 2018. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

17. Despite the White House’s best efforts, the Trumps’ marriage remains one of the greatest curiosities among the press and the public – especially as controversy grows around an alleged affair between the president and the adult film star Stormy Daniels, as well as claims of a US$130,000 hush-money payment.

 

Adult film actress Stormy Daniels (above), who allegedly had a sexual encounter with Donald Trump in 2006, before he became US president, but while married to Melania Trump. Photo: AFP

18. Melania Trump hasn’t yet spoken out about it.

Some speculate that her refusing to hold her husband’s hand and taking separate routes to events are telltale signs of conflict. But for the foreseeable future, it looks as if their marriage will stay private.

Melania Trump watches her husband, US President Donald Trump, during his State of the Union address at the US Congress in Washington in January. Photo: Reuters

19. Trump stands out from her predecessors with her quiet manner and reserved personality.

Her friends have described her as someone who likes to stay at home, who often retires from events early and avoids being the centre of attention.

Melania Trump with her husband US President Donald Trump – seen in the reflection of her sunglasses – pictured at the White House. Photo: AP

20. But it’s tough to stay private when you’re one of the most recognisable women in the world.

US first lady Melania Trump previously launched her own jewellery and skincare lines. Photo: Bloomberg

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