Inside Melania’s Intimate Relationship With Her Look-a-Like Sister

Melania Trump has always kept to herself, but believe it or not, she has a very close relationship with her sister, Ines Knauss (born Ines Knavs). But you’d never know by the lack of appearances the sisters make together.

Here’s everything we know about the siblings’ close relationship, including how close they actually live to one another (check out page 4).

The two grew up together and moved to Italy in the 1990s

Melania Knauss at the Aida opening

The sisters were close back then, and they’re still close now. | Scott Gries/Getty Images

Both women always had a love for fashion growing up. Trump was focused on modeling, and Knauss wanted to be on the design side of fashion. They were raised in Slovenia, but in the early 1990s, the two moved to Milan together to pursue their respective careers in the fashion world. One Paris-based photographer who knew Knauss said she was different from most other women in Milan’s fashion scene. “Ines wasn’t like the other girls you would meet there, who behave like queens. She was really polite and very mellow,” he said, according to Town & Country Magazine.

Next: Knauss held an important role in Melania’s life a more than a decade ago.

Knauss was Trump’s maid of honor at her 2005 wedding to Donald Trump

Melania and Donald Trump Wedding

The Trump wedding was certainly one to remember. | Melania Trump via Twitter

There are hardly any photographs of Knauss, but one prominent appearance she made was as her sister’s maid of honor at Trump’s 2005 wedding to Donald Trump. But even then, few photographs of Knauss surfaced from the wedding. The most known photograph of Trump with her sister is from 2005, when they posed for a photo together at the Valentino Fashion Luncheon at Mar-a-Lago.

Next: Knauss kept herself hidden the whole time Trump was running for president.

Knauss didn’t make any appearances on Donald Trump’s campaign trail

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is greeted by his wife Melania Trump

There’s a reason you don’t see much of Melania Trump’s sister. | Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images

The media was always stumped by how Knauss and Trump could be so close; we’d never know it judging from their lack of photographs together. There are hardly any pictures of Knauss and Trump together — not even since Trump’s husband took office. In fact, according to CNN, Knauss didn’t make a single public appearance with her sister while Donald Trump was on the campaign trail.

Next: Knauss lived closer to Trump than you probably knew.

Knauss lived two blocks from Melania and Donald Trump until Donald Trump took office

Trump tower public garden

You’ll never guess where Knauss lives. | robert.fitzpatrick8523 via Flickr

It’s evident Trump and her sister have always been close — they’ve remained close in distance, too. Knauss lives in the Trump Park Avenue property, which is just two blocks from Trump’s former residence at Trump tower. This could be another reason why Trump was hesitant to move to Washington, D.C. when her husband took office. As far as we know, Knauss is still living in Manhattan while her sister lives in Washington, D.C.

Next: Knauss was always quick to defend her sister amid this scandal.

Knauss defended her sister’s denial of their half brother

Melania Trump in her modeling days

The half-brother scandal had both sisters involved. | Diane Freed/Getty Images

When the news broke about Trump’s alleged half-brother (who would also be a half-brother to Knauss) and Trump’s denial of that half-brother, Knauss was quick to come to her sister’s side. CNN reported that Knauss shared a link to the story on her Facebook page with the caption, “Did not know ! till reading this right now.” Knauss then joked about her mother “fooling around” and the two women needing DNA tests.

Next: There is one thing these women certainly have in common.

Knauss and Trump both live very private lives

Melania walking with Barron and Donald Trump

There’s a reason you don’t see Melania Trump speaking out too often. | Chris Kleponis – Pool/Getty Images

Trump has always been a private woman. The media thought things would change when her husband took office, but they haven’t; Trump still only makes appearances when she needs to and also tries to keep her son out of the spotlight as best she can. But it’s clear that Knauss is the same way. The two are never seen together, despite supposedly being so close. And although they only lived two blocks from each other up until last year, they were never spotted having lunch or shopping together the whole time Donald Trump was in the news for his campaign. Evidently, their privacy is something they both value tremendously.

Next: This social media outlet is the one place Knauss has freely embraced her relationship with her sister.

But on Facebook, it’s clear Trump and Knauss have a very close relationship

Melania Trump's Facebook post about her sister

Melania Trump’s Facebook post about her sister is more heartwarming than many expected. | Melania Trump via Facebook

Facebook seems to be the only place where Knauss can relish in her relationship with her younger sister. Knauss has posted several photos in the past (which have since been either removed or marked private) that show evidence of the siblings’ close relationship. Knauss has posted several photos of her younger sister in her modeling days, happy birthday photos, and even a picture from Barron Trump’s 10th birthday party. Although the women keep to themselves, it’s clear they’re very close friends.

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