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These Photos are Proof of Why Melania Trump Got An ‘Einstein Visa’

First Lady Melania Trump wasn’t born in this country, instead being born in Slovenia. It came out recently that she received a visa in 2001 that is normally reserved for “individuals with extraordinary ability,” as a model. Some question whether she really fit the bill. These photos may clear things up.

Melania the Model

Melania started modeling in her teens, appearing in Ocean Drive in one of her first photoshoots in the U.S. Notably, she is the only First Lady ever to pose nude.

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New York Post

Well-Traveled

Even at a young age, the life of a model is full of traveling for photoshoots and appearances. While working in her teenage years, Melania flew to cities like Milan, Paris, and New York.

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Univision

Multilingual

Anyone can tell you how hard it is to learn a new language, but Melania is fluent in five of them: English, her native Slovenian, French, Serbian, and German. What served her well as a model is a useful skill in politics as well.

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Newsfoxes

Meeting Donald

Melania first met her husband in 1998, at a Fashion Week party in New York. Their relationship became public knowledge after a 1999 interview Howard Stern did with Trump.

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Pagesix

On the Trail (before 2016)

Ironically, Donald Trump ran for president once before, campaigning in 2000 for the Reform Party nomination. Melania was on the campaign trail with her future husband.

Harper’s Bazaar
Harper’s Bazaar

Wife #3

Melania is Donald Trump’s third wife, behind athlete, model and socialite Ivana Zelníčková and actress Marla Maples. It would appear the president certainly has a type.

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PicPicx

Designer

Being a Trump comes with benefits, like Melania putting the name behind her jewelry collection, ‘Melania Timepieces & Jewelry.’ It sold out in 45 minutes on QVC.

New York Daily News
New York Daily News

Life as First Lady

The New York Times asked Melania what kind of First Lady she would be in the run-up to the 2016 election. Her answer? “I would be very traditional. Like Betty Ford or Jackie Kennedy. I would support him.”

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Amazon.com

Charity Work

Melania has been associated with several charitable causes, including breast cancer research and the Red Cross. As First Lady, she mentioned wanting to work against cyberbullying at one point.

Fashion Week
Fashion Week

The Wedding

Melania became Mrs. Trump in 2005, naturally in opulent fashion. Highlights included $500,000 spent on flowers and a 50-pound orange Grand Marnier cake.

Speakers Corner
Speakers Corner

Beauty Product Designer

Along with her work on jewelry, Melania also created a line of beauty products. They famously appeared on one Celebrity Apprentice episodes, where contestants had to create a marketing plan for them.

Go Fug Yourself
Go Fug Yourself

Stepmother

One wonders if it’s a bit awkward for Donald Trump’s grown children from previous marriages to call Melania mom. She’s only 7 years older than his oldest son, Donald Trump, Jr.

World Daily Online
World Daily Online

Barron’s Mom

Melania also has her own son with Trump, Barron, born in 2006. One may remember early in Trump’s presidency where Melania and Barron lived in New York while Donald was at the White House.

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Buzzpo

A True Cover Girl

Melania was a pretty successful model, appearing on the covers of Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, In Style, Vanity Fair, and Vogue during her career.

Harper’s Bazaar
Harper’s Bazaar

Interior Designer

Fun fact: Melania designed many of the properties the Trumps own, including their penthouse in Trump Tower, decorated in marble and 24k gold.

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Pinterest

Standing By Her Man

Some viral footage has shown Melania appearing to be irritated with her husband, but it wasn’t always this way. On the campaign trail, she said she thought he could help the American people.

Today
Today

Keeping Private

Compared to other First Ladies, Melania likes her privacy. She’s said that she keeps up with what her husband is up to, but doesn’t like sharing the limelight.

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