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Reporter goes to Slovenia to dig up Melania Trump’s backstory

By WITW Staff on April 27, 2016

As Donald Trump continued his march toward the Republican nomination with a sweep of five state primaries on Tuesday, the prospects that Melania Trump could be the country’s next first lady inched ahead just a bit. And right on cue, GQ magazine published a sweeping profile by Julia Ioffe who traveled to Melania’s hometown of Sevnica, Slovenia, and talked with family and friends to get to the bottom of who Melania Trump is. Ioffe also spoke with Melania on several different occasion for the article. Below a few highlights.

  • On becoming mortal enemies with the Clintons, who famously attended her wedding to Donald Trump a decade ago: “It was completely different than it is now. This is it, what it is. It’s all business now; it’s nothing personal.”
  • On her husband’s similarities to her father, Viktor, Melania said, “He likes quality.” Other friends back in Slovenia noticed other similarities. “Trump reminds me of Viktor,” said a neighbor, adding, “He’s a salesman. He has business in his veins.” Another observed that “If he goes into a bar, people pay attention” because he basically sucks up all the oxygen, another characteristic often attributed to Trump.
  • On how Melania’s family, which still lives in Slovenia are perceived, one friend, remarked, “They are the typical Slovenian family. They are traditional, their family ties are very strong.” Those characterizations jibed with the portrait Ioffe painted of Melania as a family-first homebody. In fact, another friend observed that Melania’s strong sense of family explains why she’s married to Trump. “The secret of why he’s with her,” one friend who grew up alongside Melania theorized “is her traditional values and the importance of family to her.”

And that’s really just scratching the surface. Ioffe also talked to Melania about her childhood, cosmetic surgery and she dug up a previously unreported family secret that was news to Melania.

Read the full story at GQ.


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