Melania Trump cheat sheet: Donald’s wife’s age, family, career and more

Francesca Specter
Yahoo Style UK deputy editor
Melania Trump is the First Lady of the United States. [Photo: Getty]

Melania Trump, the wife of US President Donald Trump, will accompany her husband on his first UK state visit next week.

The First Lady will take part in a number of engagements in the UK, including having lunch with the Queen at Buckingham Palace and tea with Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall at Clarence House.

Ahead of her visit, brush up on your knowledge of Donald Trump’s third wife.

How old is Melania Trump?

Melania Trump is 49 years old, born on 26 April 1970.

Where was Melania Trump born and who are her parents?

She was born in Novo Mesto, Slovenia – which, in 1970, was part of Yugoslavia.

Her parents are Viktor Knavs, a now-retired car and motorcycle dealer, and Amalija Knavs, who formerly worked as a pattern maker at a children’s clothing brand.

Melania also has an older sister, named Ines, who works as an artist.

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First Lady Melania Trump's parents Amalija Knavas and Viktor Knavas walk off Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S. [Photo: Getty]

She was born Melanija Knavs, which she later changed to Melania Knauss when she began her modelling career.

When did Melania Trump meet Donald?

Melania Trump met Donald at a party at the Kit Kat Club in New York in 1998.

Donald was there with another date – reportedly Celina Midelfart, a Norwegian heiress.

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Recalling their first meeting, Melania told Harper’s Bazaar: “He wanted my number, but he was with a date, so of course I didn't give it to him. I said, 'I am not giving you my number; you give me yours, and I will call you.”

What did Melania Trump do before becoming First Lady?

Melania was a model when she met Donald Trump in 1998.

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 24: Model Melania Trump attends the 250th Anniversary Celebration of luxury watch brand Vacheron Constantin on October 24, 2005. [Photo: Getty]

Her modelling career began in her home country of Slovenia when she was five years old, before she started posing for Slovenian fashion photographer Stane Jerko at the age of 16.

Melania Trump pictured with sister Ines Knauss (left). [Photo: Getty]

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She attended the University of ljubljana in Slovenia for a year to study architecture and design, before dropping out.

In 1996, she moved to Manhattan to pursue her modelling career after being scouted by Metropolitan Models co-owner Paolo Zampoli.

She continued modelling while she was dating Donald, doing shoots for Vogue, Vanity Fair and Sports Illustrated, among others.

Portrait of American businessman Donald Trump and Melania Knauss (born Melanija Knavs) as they attend the New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center, New York, New York, 1998. [Photo: Getty]

She has also supported her husband throughout his presidential campaigns; both his campaign for Reform Part presidential nomination in 2000 and his successful 2016 presidential campaign.

What does Melania Trump do now she’s First Lady?

As First Lady of the United States, Melania hosts a number of White House events including luncheons and state dinners.

U.S. first lady Melania Trump speaks at an event to celebrate the one year anniversary of her initiative "Be Best" in the Rose Garden at the White House in May 2019 [Photo: Getty]

She conducted a solo, four-country tour of Africa in 2018, without Donald.

She also accompanied Donald on his visit to the UK last year, and will accompany him on his state visit next week.

On 7 May 2018, she formally launched the Be Best campaign, which advocates against cyberbullying and drug use in young people.

First Lady Melania Trump, left, and U.S. President Donald Trump, second left, are greeted by Japan's Emperor Naruhito. [Photo: Getty]

While Melania has taken her First Lady role in her stride, biographer Micharl Wolff claimed in his book ‘Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House’ that she was not always so thrilled about coming into office.

“Melania was in tears—and not of joy,” he wrote of the First Lady’s reaction on election night.

How many children does Melania Trump have?

Melania has one child, Barron Trump, 13, whom she nicknamed “Little Donald” when he was younger.

President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, and their son Barron Trump, arrive on the South Lawn of the White House in March 2019 [Photo: Getty]

Talking to, Melania said: “He is a very strong-minded, very special, smart boy. He is independent and opinionated and knows exactly what he wants. Sometimes I call him ‘Little Donald.’”