For people who knew Melania when she was young, her story of leaving Slovenia and marrying Donald Trump sounds like a real-life fairytale.
But unlike Jackie Kennedy who met her husband when he was already a congressman, Melania didn’t ever think she was signing on to be the first lady when she met Donald Trump in 1998, at a party during New York Fashion Week.
Donald was 52, Melania – 28. She was a shy brunette and aspiring model, and he was a brash and wealthy businessman.
Years earlier, while modeling in Paris, Melania was living with a Swedish-born model Victoria Silvstedt in an apartment not far from Notre Dame Cathedral.
Victoria remembers Melania as a “the perfect roommate,” saying she was “clean, neat, and domestic.”
Silvstedt also recalls how the future first lady idolized Italian actress and international sex symbol Sophia Loren.
I remember back then, she was telling me how ‘one day I would like to be like Sophia Loren’. Obviously, she was her style icon.
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