How Old is Melania Trump and How Long Has She Been Married to Donald Trump?

US First Lady Melania Trump attends a roundtbale

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Although she used to be pretty low-key, these days Melania Trump is one of the most recognizable women in the world. After she wed Donald Trump, the former model was thrust into the limelight a bit but was still able to maintain her privacy and not too much was known about her. Now that her husband is the 45th President of the United States though we’ve been learning more and more about the first lady.

A few questions that always come up about Melania are how old she is and how long she’s been Mrs. Trump. Here are the answers to those questions as well as some other interesting things you probably never knew about the FLOTUS including why she refused The Donald’s advances at first.

How old is Melania Trump?

Melania Trump was born Melanija Knavs (Germanized to Melania Knauss) on April 26, 1970, to parents Viktor and Amalija Knavs. She grew up in Sevnica in present-day Slovenia, which at the time of her birth was part of the communist nation Yugoslavia.

Melania is the only first lady who was raised in a communist country and just the second to be born outside the U.S. Before her John Quincy Adams’s wife, Louisa Catherine Johnson, was born in London to a British mother and an American father who was a merchant and diplomat living in England.

Melania worked as a fashion model in Paris and Milan but decided to move to New York City when she was in her late twenties and it was there she would meet her future husband.

How long has she been married to Donald Trump?

Donald Trump and wife Melania Trump arrive at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in 2005

Donald Trump and wife Melania Trump | Frazer Harrison/ Getty Images

Melania and Donald Trump met at a party back in 1998 held at the Kit Kat Club in Manhattan but the businessman was actually there on a date with another woman when he spotted his future wife.

Inside Edition reported that Donald attended the event with Norwegian cosmetics heiress Celina Midelfart. When she left him to go to the restroom, Donald went up to Melania and tried to get her number. However, she knew he was there with someone else and refused his advances.

“He came to the party with a date! I had heard he was a ladies’ man, and so I said, ‘I’m not one of the ladies,'” Melania told Time in the book Donald Trump: The Rise of a Rule Breaker.

Melania did not give Donald her number that night but instead took his and made him wait a little while before she gave him a call. It was then that the two developed a connection and began dating soon after. In 2004, he proposed to her and they were married in a lavish ceremony at his Mar-a-Lago estate in 2005. Melania obtained U.S. citizenship the following year.

Melania is very different from first ladies before her

In addition to being the only FLOTUS who grew up in a communist country and just the second born outside the U.S., Melania has set herself apart from other first ladies as well.

She is the only first lady whose native language isn’t English. She’s actually a polyglot who speaks several languages including Slovene, Italian, Serbo-Croatian, French, and German.

Melania is Catholic. The only other first lady to practice Catholicism was Jackie Kennedy. Mrs. Trump is also the only FLOTUS who is her husband’s third wife and the only one to have posed nude for magazines. And finally, she is fulling her role in the White House not by tradition like the women before her but on her own terms.

Read more: Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Melania and Donald Trump’s son Barron

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