The First Lady of the United States has been a title revered by many until recent events. Melania Trump is under fire due to her scandalous and very public past. The question that now faces many Americans and many young women is how can we all accept this unconventional woman as First Lady of our country?
Instead of focusing on all the questionable things Melania has done in her past, shedding light on all the positive aspects of her life would better answer the question.
Trump has publicly spoken about her intent once her husband is inaugurated. She has made it quite clear that she intends upon placing her responsibility as a parent before her duty of First Lady. At the time of President-Elect Trump’s inauguration, Barron Trump, 10-year old son of Melania and Donald Trump, will be in the middle of his school year. Melania’s choice to keep her son in school for the remainder of the year is a testament to her parenting skills and her devotion to her family.
As the second First Lady to be foreign-born, Melania is quite remarkable: she is able to speak 5 different languages. She is fluent in Slovenian, English, French, Serbian, and German. Her skills in foreign language could come in handy during her time in the White House. Unlike any other First Ladies, Melania was raised in a concrete tower in Slovenia during the rule of Marshal Josip Tito. She was the only First Lady to be born in a communist nation. Her incredible rise from being born into unfavorable conditions to becoming the First Lady of the United States should inspire many young women.
On top of her strengths as a mother and an immigrant, Melania will be arguably one of the hardest working First Ladies the nation has ever seen. She began modeling at the age of 16. Soon after her start in the modeling world, she signed with a modeling agency in Milan, Italy at age 18.
She then competed in Jana Magazine’s 1992 “Look of the Year” contest where she won runner-up, earning an international modeling contract. Melania’s association with the Ljubljana magazine led her to study at the University of Ljubljana for a year while continuing her modeling career.
After she studied and worked for fashion houses across Europe, she relocated to New York. In 1996, she obtained work visas that allowed her to remain in the US and continue her career. She has since appeared on many well-known magazine covers including: “Harper’s Bazaar” (Bulgaria), “Allure”, “Vanity Fair” (Italy), and “Vogue”.
Melania was also a bikini model in the 2000 “Sports Illustrated: Swimsuit Issue”. Due to her passion and hard work, she obtained a green card and became a lawful permanent resident in 2001.
Melania Trump has been ridiculed time and time again for swimsuit and nude modeling. Although it is unusual for a First Lady to pose nude, Melania’s unconventional background teaches young women to be unashamed of their past and their bodies. Melania worked her way across the world from living in a concrete home in a communist nation, to earning a living and making a name for herself and that is a feat many people aspire to accomplish.
Despite being different than the likes of Eleanor Roosevelt and Laura Bush, Melania Trump has her own unique perspective to give to not only the U.S., but the entire world.