A passion for fashion at a young age
Melania contented herself with what would emerge as lifelong passions, even as a young child. In an interview with Parenting Magazine, she recounted her earliest inspiration, “I always liked beauty and fashion. My mom was in the fashion business. I was 5 years old when I did my first catwalk. My mom loved fashion, we loved to travel and go to Italy and Paris. I was always very tall and skinny. Sometimes I was teased, but I was never embarrassed. I always liked myself. I knew what I wanted to do. I found my passion at such an early age. It helped with my confidence.” The budding supermodel was afforded a fortunate upbringing compared to many of her peers, thanks to her hardworking parents, participating in after-school gymnastics, and traveling to Italy and Austria to ski during the winter, as reported in Harper’s Bazaar. She also cultivated a sure hand as an artist, perhaps learned from her mother, according to GQ. “Melania never wore anything from the store,” a friend told the magazine. She sketched out original ideas, and the sewing would be tasked to her mother and sister.