Every Way Melania Trump Is So Different From Past First Ladies

We know Donald Trump does things differently than his predecessors but his wife, Melania, is also one of the most unique first ladies we’ve ever had. She’s not as visible as past first ladies have been and she doesn’t seem to want any attention focused on her. However, since she’s married to the president, she’s become one of the most famous faces in the world — and now people can’t stop talking about just how different she is than what we’re used to.

Here are all the ways Mrs. Trump is unlike former U.S. first ladies, including the risqué thing she did that probably won’t ever be done by the wife of another president (page 6).

1. Melania is the only first lady raised in a communist country

Melania trump giving republican national convention speech

She comes from a country many are not familiar with. | Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

Melania was born in the small town of Novo Mesto and grew up in Sevnica in present-day Slovenia. When she was born in 1970, the county was part of the communist nation of Yugoslavia before declaring independence in 1991.

Melania left Slovenia to pursue a modeling career and moved to New York City in 1996. She married Trump in 2005 and became a citizen the following year.

Next: Only one other first lady was born outside the U.S.

2. She is only the second foreign-born first lady

US First Lady Melania Trump attends a roundtbale

She’s only one of two first ladies not born in the United States. | Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

While Melania is the only first lady born in a communist nation, she’s not the only one who was born outside of the United States.

John Quincy Adams’s wife, Louisa Catherine Johnson, was also born abroad. She was born in London to a British mother and an American father who was a merchant and diplomat living in England at the time of her birth.

Next: No other first lady knows so many of these. 

3. Mrs. Trump is the only first lady whose native language isn’t English

First Lady Melania Trump looks on as US President Donald Trump speaks

She speaks several languages. | Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Melania is a polyglot. English is not her first language but one of several she’s fluent in. According to Vox, in addition to English and her native Slovene, the FLOTUS also speaks Serbo-Croatian, Italian, French, and German.

Her son, Barron, knows English, Slovenian, and French as well.

Next: No other first lady has been her husband’s third wife.

4. She is the only first lady who is her husband’s third spouse

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive for the 60th Annual Red Cross Gala

This probably isn’t a distinction she’s happy to hold. | Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Trump was married to Ivana Trump from 1977 to 1992, and then to Marla Maples from 1993 to 1999. This makes Melania his third wife and he is the only U.S. president to have had as many marriages.

John Tyler and Woodrow Wilson remarried after their wives passed away, and Ronald Reagan is the only other president who was a divorcee. Reagan split from his first wife in 1949 and married Nancy in 1952.

Next: Only one other first lady practiced the same religion. 

5. Melania is only the second first lady who practices Catholicism

President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy

The two first ladies share a religion. | National Archive/Newsmakers/Getty Images

Because the League of Communists controlled Slovenia when she was a child, Melania had to be secretly baptized. After visiting Pope Francis at the Vatican in 2017, the FLOTUS’ spokeswoman confirmed that she is a practicing Catholic, making her the only Catholic first lady beside Jacqueline Kennedy.

President Trump is Presbyterian.

Next: No other first lady posed naked for photo shoots. 

6. She is the only first lady to have posed nude for magazines

Melania Trump as a model

Her risque model background makes her unique. | Diane Freed/Getty Images

Prior to meeting her husband, Melania worked as a fashion model and was featured in many publications such as Sports Illustrated, Vanity Fair, Vogue, and Harper’s Bazaar.

She’s also done nude photo shoots including a spread for British GQ and remains the only first lady to have bared it all in a magazine.

Next: No other first lady did without these. 

7. Melania is one of the only first ladies to not use nannies

Melania and Barron Trump

She takes a bigger role in parenting her child than others in the past. | Alex Wong/Getty Images

Another thing that sets her apart from other first ladies is that she refuses to hire a nanny to help raise her son. First ladies of the past who had young children had hired help, but Melania has always said that she likes being a “hands on” mother to Barron and therefore doesn’t have nannies.

Trump agrees that there is a downside to having someone assist in taking care of your kids. “If you have too much help, you don’t get to know your children,” the president explained.

Next: Only one other first lady delayed this move. 

8. She is the only the second first lady not to move into the White House right away

US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump disembark Air Force One

It took her a while to move into the White House. | Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images

After Trump won the presidency and moved to the White House, his wife stayed behind at their home in Trump Tower. The move was so Barron could finish school in Manhattan instead of having to transfer midyear. After five months, Melania and the couple’s son moved to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

She is the only first lady beside John Adams’ wife, Abigail, who did not move into the residence with their husband right away.

Next: No other first lady has kept a lower profile. 

9. She is one of the only first ladies who shies away from the spotlight

Melania Trump gardening

Despite her model past, she doesn’t like the limelight. | Win McNamee/Getty Images

Whether or not they like the spotlight, most first ladies understand that it’s part of their role and step into being such a public figure during their husband’s term(s). But Melania is one of the most private first ladies we’ve ever had.

She has always valued her privacy and prefers to keep out of the limelight. However, that’s something that has become very difficult with how much news about the Trump family is covered on a daily basis. Still, Melania tries her best to keep a low profile and does not do as many appearances as first ladies of the past.

Next: No other first lady has refused to do this in public. 

10. Melania is the only first lady to refuse to hold her husband’s hand

Melania Trump and Donald Trump in Rome

When Trump reached for her hand, Melania pushed her hair back, and he placed his hand on her backside. | Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images

There have been quite a few times Melania has refused to hold the president’s hand in public, which is something we have never seen a first lady do in the past.

Another thing we’re not used to seeing is a first lady actually swat her husband’s hand away from her which is something else Melania has done in the past.

Next: No other first lady is taller. 

11. Melania is only one of three first ladies who are 5-foot-11

Melania Trump and Michelle Obama

We had two tall first ladies back to back. | Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images

Melania is one of the tallest first ladies. The former model joins Michelle Obama and Eleanor Roosevelt as the only others with a height of 5-foot-11.

No other first lady has been taller than that.

Next: No other first lady has been so private but yet so popular. 

12. She is one of only a few first ladies more popular than the president

Melania Trump at the address to congress

She remains popular despite her husband’s actions. | Alex Wong/Getty Images

While her husband has his supporters, he also has his many detractors. But even the latter seem to have a favorable view of the first lady, which is a bit unusual considering how low-key she is.

We know less about Melania than former first ladies but perhaps that’s part of her appeal and why she has become the most popular person in the White House.

Next: No other first lady was accused of ripping off a first lady before her. 

13. She is the only first lady accused of plagiarizing another FLOTUS

Michelle Obama

Melania’s speech bore a resemblance to one given by this other first lady. | Gerardo Mora/Getty Images

Melania was scrutinized for her speech at the 2016 Republican National Convention for allegedly plagiarizing Michelle Obama’s speech from the 2008 Democratic National Convention. A speechwriter, who was working for the Trump campaign, later claimed responsibility for the similar passages.

No other FLOTUS has ever been accused of delivering a speech so similar to another first lady.

Next: No other first lady was thought to hope this outcome would’ve been different. 

14. Melania is the only first lady reportedly upset by her husband’s election win

Melania Trump frowning and clapping standing behind Donald Trump as he waves.

Melania looked unhappy when her husband turned away from her at his inauguration ceremony. | Alex Wong/Getty Images

So much has been made about what was alleged in Michael’s Wolff’s book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, but none more than the excerpt claiming that she cried on election night.

There have also been other reports alleging that Melania does not enjoy being the FLOTUS and living in the White House. Whether or not those reports are true, she is the only first lady we’ve ever heard about possibly not being happy about her husband’s big victory.

Next: No other first lady has diverted so much from tradition.

15. She is the only first lady who is doing it all on her own terms

U.S. first lady Melania Trump listens to a toast by her husband President Donald Trump

She continues to surprise us. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

President Trump didn’t read the job description when he was elected to the White House and decided to do things totally off script. His wife followed suit and took a page straight out of his book.

Instead of going by the what the role of a first lady should be, Melania is filling it how she wants it to be and that’s what makes her so different from other first ladies.

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