The mysterious life of first lady Melania Trump, a former supermodel who is the subject of fashion scandals and bizarre conspiracy theories

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  • Melania Trump breaks from first lady tradition in many ways. 
  • As a former lingerie model and an immigrant, she's very different from most modern first ladies. 
  • While Trump has the support of many loyal fans, her time as first lady has been filled with controversies — and a few conspiracies. 


Melania Trump is a first lady unlike any other. 

She's the only first lady in almost 200 years to be born outside the US, and she's the only first lady whose native language isn't English. Trump is also the first first lady to be a former lingerie model.

Her actions as the first lady of the US have similarly broken from tradition, winning over loyal fans and sparking questions from conspiracy theorists. Trump has become known for her fashion choices, with fans applauding her designer outfits and critics slamming her expensive tastes. 

Here's what we know about the mysterious first lady — and the conspiracies and controversies that have dogged her for the first 10 months of Trump's presidency. 

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Melania Trump was born in Slovenia in 1970, making her the only first lady to have been born outside the US other than Louisa Catherine Johnson, the wife of John Quincy Adams. (She was born in England, though her father was an American merchant.)

Source: GQ, Business Insider

She started modeling in the late '80s and moved to New York City to pursue a career in 1996.

While modeling in Europe, Melania learned to speak in five languages, making her the most linguistically gifted first lady in American history.

Source: GQ

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