Throughout the election, Donald Trump's wife Melania kept out of spotlight. With the exception of a few high-profile events—the debates, the convention—she preferred to stay off the campaign trail, instead caring for their son Barron at home in New York.
But following the shocking election of her husband, we're left wondering what kind of First Lady will Melania be? Will she champion a cause, or opt to fulfill only the more ceremonial roles of first hostess?
Here's what we know so far.
Cyber Bullying will be her cause.
A 1999 interview implies that Melania envisions the role of First Lady to be largely ceremonial. ''I would be very traditional. Like Betty Ford or Jackie Kennedy. I would support him," she told the New York Times. But toward the end of the election cycle, Melania shared that she planned to make cyber bullying one of her "main focuses."
"As adults, many of us are able to handle mean words, even lies. Children and teenagers can be fragile. They are hurt when they are made fun of, or made to feel less in looks or intelligence. This makes their life hard and can force them to hide and retreat. Our culture has gotten too mean and too rough, especially to children and teenagers. It is never okay when a 12-year-old girl or boy is mocked, bullied or attacked. It is terrible when that happens on the playground, and it is absolutely unacceptable when it's done by someone with no name hiding on the Internet," she said in a speech in early November. It's an interesting cause to champion if not an ironic one, given her husband's Twitter tendencies.
She's an immigrant.
Born in part of the former Yugoslavia that later became Slovenia, Melania will be only the second immigrant First Lady in our country's history. The first was John Quincy Adams's wife, Louisa Adams, who grew up in London. She will also be the first First Lady to have been born in a communist state and she speaks four languages fluently.
She's a former model.
Melania got her start in the fashion world early, appearing in her first commercial at 16. Just two years later, she was signed by an agency in Milan and began to travel for photo shoots throughout Europe. Over the course of her career, she's been on the cover of numerous magazines including Allure, Vogue, and GQ, and appeared in the 2000 Swimsuit Issue of Sports Illustrated. In fact, some of her risqué spreads were even used as anti-Trump ads during the campaign, a strategy criticized by many women as anti-feminist. Melania's initial entry into the American modeling world also proved controversial in this race—she reportedly worked illegally for several weeks in the States before receiving the appropriate permits.
Motherhood is important to Melania.
As I mentioned above, Melania is hardly a typical modern political spouse, preferring life at home with Barron to the stresses of the campaign trail. "I don't have a nanny. I have a chef, and I have my assistant, and that's it. I do it myself," she told Harpers Bazaar. "You know, those hours with your child are really important ones, even if it's just the two of you, being quiet in the car together."
She didn't come out of the campaign unscathed.
Trump is unprecedented in the number of scandals he has overcome to win the presidency, several of which affect Melania. Not only was she accused of plagiarizing her Republican National Convention speech from First Lady Michelle Obama, and for quoting Trump's ex-wife Marla Maples at a campaign stop in Pennsylvania, but she also defended her husband after numerous women accused him of sexual harassment.
She and Donald don't agree on everything.
While she preferred to keep her political views to herself during the campaign, Melania maintains that she and her husband don't see eye to eye on everything. "I don't agree with everything that he says but you know, that is normal," she told CNN. "I'm my own person, I tell him what I think. I'm standing very strong on the ground on my two feet and I'm my own person. And I think that's very important in the relationship."
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