Melania Trump, born Melanija Knavs in 1970 in Slovenia, is a former fashion model and the wife of billionaire and 2016 Republican US presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Melania Trump studied architecture in Ljubljana but quit when she was discovered as a model at age 16. She worked as a model is various European cities before moving to New York City in 1996. Her international modeling career took of and she appeared on the covers of magazines such as "Harper's Bizarre," "Vanity Fair," "Vogue" and "GQ." She married Donald Trump in 2005 and they had a son, Barron, in 2006.
Around the world, leaders' spouses are guarantors of glamor. But some also stand out for eccentricity or dedication. As Melania Trump prepares to replace Michelle Obama, DW looks at legendary first ladies - old and new.