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Melania Trump: From model to first lady

The former model has undergone something of a transformation, from swimsuit model to first lady of the USA.
Incoming US President Donald Trump

Melania Trump is something of an enigma.

Despite the high public profile of her husband, Donald Trump, and her former career as a swimsuit model, the Slovenian-born mother of one seems happy to stay in the background.

Here, we chart her transformation from her childhood in the former Yugoslavia through to her presence on the campaign trail.

Melania Trump was born Melanija Knavs, in north east Slovenia. Here she is (second from right) in 1977 attending a fashion review of Jutranjka, the textile company where her mother used to work.

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Melania and Donald Trump began dating in 1998, after meeting at a Fashion Week party in New York City.

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Melania was featured as a bikini model in the 2000 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

Melania and Donald got engaged in 2004, and were married in a star-studded ceremony on January 22, 2005. They welcomed their son Baron a year later.

Melania is supported her husband as he campaigned for – and won – the US presidential election.

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