She met Donald Trump at a Manhattan club
Melania was 28 when she met Donald in 1998. He was actually still married to wife no. 2 Marla Maples. Donald was at the Kit Kat Club with another woman but reportedly made a beeline to Melania and asked for her number. Because he was there with another woman, she refused to give it to him – but she got his.
Where she’s from
The mom and jewelry designer was born on April 26, 1970 in Cold War-era Slovenia (then Yugoslavia) to a Communist party member father, who managed car dealerships for a state-owned vehicle manufacturer. Her mother made patterns for a textile factory
She began modeling at age 16, and was spotted by a photographer as a 17-year-old, the Daily Mirror reported. His photos of her led to a contract with an Italian modeling agency. She also went to work in Paris, and graced catwalks and magazines, including Sports Illustrated.
She reportedly worked illegally when she first came to the United States
While she has staunchly defended Donald’s hardline stand on immigration, she was paid for 10 modeling jobs and earned around $20,000 before she was granted an H-1B work visa in October 1996, the Associated Press reported. She received her green card in 2001 and became a U.S. citizen in 2006.