Melania Trump is famously quiet, much the opposite of her spotlight-loving husband, President Donald Trump. Even though she’s the first lady of the United States, you probably know very little about Donald Trump’s wife. She made headlines by keeping to herself during her husband’s presidential campaign. And so far, she’s shown few indications that she wants to break out of that pattern as first lady. Like any politician — or reality TV star — Donald Trump has a few skeletons in his closet (and a few little-known facts about his life).
Melania Trump does, too. You probably already know she wasn’t born in the United States. You’ve also likely heard she had a successful career as a model. And it’s common knowledge she’s Donald Trump’s third wife. But what else have you heard about her? Probably not a whole lot. Read on to find out more about Melania Trump.
1. Melania Trump is the 2nd foreign-born first lady
Melania Trump is the second foreign-born first lady of the United States. The first was Louisa Adams, the wife of John Quincy Adams. Yet according to The New Yorker, “Louisa Adams doesn’t really count, as her father was an American and from a politically connected family that hopped back and forth between England and its newly liberated colonies.” The New Yorker added that Louisa Adams’ “father named one of her sisters, born in 1776, Carolina Virginia Marylanda. The girls, seven of them, were told that they must marry Americans.”
So in many ways as first lady, Melania Trump was really first to be born and raised in a foreign country. And she’s the first to have been raised in a Communist country. She’s also the only first lady to have been her husband’s third spouse. And she’s the only first lady whose first language isn’t English.