From her humble beginnings in Soviet Slovenia, Melania Trump has risen to become the new First Lady of the United States. And as controversial as her husband’s campaign was, she’ll also be making waves as a First Lady with a somewhat more checkered past than those who’ve come before her…
Growing up in Slovenia, Melania’s dream to become a model was the driving force that led to the success she enjoys today. However, we’re sure she’d now rather forget about some of these early, retro photo sessions – jazz hands included.
And the young Melania would sometimes join the children of her parents’ factory co-workers to feature in fashion events. Speaking of her parents, we’re curious as to what her father – a registered League of Communists associate – would think of some of Trump’s plans for office…
Those who’ve investigated the model’s life in Slovenia haven’t found particularly flattering details, though. Indeed, early in her career, an unknown Melania falsely told journalists that she was an international top model. Perhaps it’s an immodesty that she had already picked up from Donald, whom she was by this time stepping out with.
After getting on the books of a Milan-based modeling agency at 18, however, Melania soon relocated to New York on a visitor visa. In fact, she eventually benefited from the H1-B program that Donald is known to oppose. We wonder if when he found out about that he looked as surprised as his future wife does here…
And she didn’t transform overnight from a rather ordinary-looking Slovenian girl to the glamourpuss we see today – not if this embarrassingly styled snap is any indication. We’re hoping the spaghetti straps have returned to the ’90s along with this fake-looking pose.
And you’d be forgiven for mistaking this shot for one from a hairdresser’s style book or, dare we say it, a naughty lingerie catalogue. Hopefully, though, the White House team will keep the First Family away from photo sessions with a marble background.
Fast-forward, and here Melania is in 2005 sporting a rather frumpy and washed-out outfit: those flared trousers aren’t doing her any favors. Indeed, Trump has no idea that in just over ten years she’ll become one of fashion’s most scrutinized ladies.
Actually, it seems 2005 wasn’t a great year for Melania’s fashion choices. Not only is her dress a little outdated for the mid noughties, but its tight fit certainly isn’t the style we’re used to seeing on our First Ladies.
Meanwhile, at the 2008 Met Gala, Trump piled on the pink, resembling a kind of Barbie blancmange. And while she’s often criticized for sticking to monochromes, we think this adventure into color does her no favors either.
What else? Well, despite her being married to one of the richest men in America, it seems there were still bills to pay. That’s judging from her part in this totally quackers commercial for insurance giants Aflac in which she played the part of a woman swapping voices – and feet – with the Aflac duck.
Forgive us, but has Melania actually stepped out wearing aluminum foil in this picture? Perhaps after she’s done with this shiny and rather creased dress, she could wrap up the aforementioned Aflac duck, ready for oven roasting. And the less said about what’s showing through, er, up top, the better…
Now, after the lewd Trump tape emerged in 2016, Melania appeared wearing an aptly-named pussy-bow shirt. Intentional? We doubt it, but it may be a sign of controversial things to come from Donald’s wife.
Furthermore, the new First Lady is going to have to get used to being caught by the cameras when she’s least expecting it. Or at least perfect a better pose, as Melania’s previous “deer in the headlights” face is, quite frankly, scary.
Meanwhile, during Donald’s campaign, there were a few times when the couple embraced awkwardly. Here, for example, she seems to be avoiding her husband’s embrace. In contrast, Barack and Michelle Obama only ever seem to display natural-looking PDA.
Next, everything about Melania suggests hesitancy, given that she’s holding Donald firmly at arm’s length. Could a possible halitosis issue be to blame? If so, here’s hoping Barack left some breath mints for him on the Oval Office desk.
Elsewhere, while she watched her husband address supporters in April 2016, Melania’s look was clearly glamorous and refined. But we couldn’t help noticing the wispy remnants of bangs along her forehead – not so chic.
Many of you would, moreover, have seen this moment on Election Day when the President-elect looked over the shoulder of his wife to make sure she was ticking his box. A little too late to start second-guessing your wife’s loyalty, don’t you think?
Still, now she’s done her bit to get her husband into the White House, Melania’s going to have to learn to handle media attention that she’s never experienced before. So that means protecting herself against the ruthless camera zoom with a better foundation. After all, it seems like she’s layered it on with a trowel here.
Finally, being turned into a meme is part of the job for any celeb these days. And there’s no guarantee the meme is going to be very flattering, either, if this one of Melania is any indication. Still, at least she’ll have the last laugh…