Melania Trump is recognized by the world as a devoted mother, wife, model and humanitarian. The Slovenian beauty, who is often noted for her savvy sense of style, has added jewelry designer to her already extensive resume. Melania launched an eponymous jewelry collection, aptly named Melania™ Timepieces & Jewelry, exclusively on QVC in April 2010 with astonishing results. Inspired by the three places she calls home, New York, Palm Beach and Paris, Melania will launch her second collection on QVC September 17th.
Born on April 26, 1970 in Slovenia, Melania Knauss began her modeling career at the age of sixteen. After obtaining a degree in design and architecture at University in Slovenia, Melania was jetting between photo shoots in Paris and Milan, finally settling in New York in 1996.
She has since appeared in high profile ad campaigns and has worked with some of the world’s top photographers including Patrick Demarchelier, Helmut Newton, Arthur Elgort, Ellen Von Unwerth, Peter Arnell, Antoine Verglas and Mario Testino. Melania's style has been noted to be one of natural elegance. In the words of Manolo Blahnik, "She is a true beauty. She has it."
At 5 feet 11 inches, Melania has a captivating presence in front of the camera. She has graced the covers of Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, British GQ, Ocean Drive, Avenue, In Style, New York Magazine and has appeared in many of the world’s top publications including Allure, Vogue, Self, Glamour, Vanity Fair, Elle and the infamous Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. In addition, Melania has appeared in numerous television commercials, most recently for Aflac.
Since her marriage to real estate mogul, Donald Trump, in January 2005, Melania has devoted much of her time to bringing awareness to several philanthropic organizations. She was Honorary Chairwoman for Martha Graham Dance Company in April 2005, is an active member of the Police Athletic League which honored her with Woman of The Year 2006, has been an Honorary Chairwoman for The Boy's Club of New York for five consecutive years, and in 2005, The American Red Cross, for which she has proudly served for four years, awarded her with Goodwill Ambassador. In April of 2008, she participated in the Fifth Annual National Love Our Children Day by kicking off National Child Abuse Prevention month by ringing the closing bell at NASDAQ. Most recently, Melania served as co-chairman of the 2010 Palm Beach Heart Ball for the American Heart Association to help further their efforts for heart research. The event took place at Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach and raised over $1.5 million in revenue.
In March of 2006 Melania and Donald Trump gave birth to their first child, Barron William Trump.