Things you didnt know about Donald Trumps wife

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Although Donald Trump has made quite a show for himself, his current wife, Melania, has mostly kept to the background. We're taking a closer look at Trump's right-hand woman, from her childhood, to their first run-in, to their marriage today.

She used to be a model

Born in Slovenia, Melania began modeling at the age of five. By 16, she was doing commercials. "I went professional after my studies," Melania recently told Parenting magazine (via the New York Post). "My mom loved fashion. We loved to travel and go to Italy and Paris." Melania would go on to pose for some of the most iconic fashion photographers in the business, including Patrick Demarchelier and Mario Testino, and posed for everything from Sports: Illustrated to Vogue.

She met Donald while he was dating someone else

Speaking to Harper's Bazaar in 2016, Melania admitted she met Donald at a Fashion Week party in 1998 while he was still dating someone else. "He wanted my number, but he was with a date, so of course I didn't give it to him," she said. Instead, she wanted his number. The reason: she wanted to see what kind of digits he'd give her and would determine what to do from there. (Hint: personal numbers = good; business = bad.) To Melania's surprise, Donald gave her all of his numbers. "The office, Mar-a-Lago, home in New York, everything." Melania called him after she returned from a photo shoot in the Caribbean. No word on what happened to the other woman, though we're guessing she's pretty bitter.

She stays out of Donald's campaign

If you're wondering why you don't hear or see much of Melania on the campaign trail, it's by choice. "I'm choosing not to go political in public because that is my husband's job. I'm very political in private life, and between me and my husband I know everything that is going on. I follow from A to Z," she told Harper's Bazaar in 2016. "But I chose not to be on the campaign. I made that choice. I have my own mind. I am my own person, and I think my husband likes that about me." Given her husband's outrageous viewpoints, she's probably smart to stay away.

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