KEY POINTS

  • Melania Trump was studying design at the University of Ljubljana when a model scout discovered her
  • The FLOTUS was, reportedly, very strict with her diet during her younger days as she was looking to make money as a model
  • A writer could not find Melania Trump's ZED card and professional photos, which could mean that she was never a supermodel

Numerous critics of Melania Trump continue to attack her because of her background as a nude model. Before the FLOTUS met and tied the knot with President Donald Trump, she was just an ordinary lady trying to make a name in the modeling world. Just like anyone else, Melania also had to sacrifice some things just to achieve her dreams, including her studies.

While she was taking up design at the University of Ljubljana, Melania, reportedly, met a model scout named Paolo Zampolli, who is a close pal of Donald Trump, in Milan. Things went so fast for the then-aspiring model. Just a few months after, Melania moved to New York City where she happened to share an apartment with Matthew Atanian, a photographer, per Political Flare.

Speaking to Vanity Fair in April 2017, Matthew revealed Melania Trump was never fond of going out or even making friends when they were still together under one roof. Though she was, reportedly, only getting second-tier and third-tier modeling work, the FLOTUS was very strict with her diet at the time.

“She would strictly eat five to seven vegetables and fruits every day. She drank a lot of water . . . . She was looking to make money [as a model],” Matthew told the publication. “She was always kind of a stiff person. That’s why she wasn’t a successful model because she couldn’t move,” he went on.

However, Melania Trump’s life made a major turn after she met Donald Trump at a party in Kit Kat Club in Sept. 1998, per Insider. Though the business mogul came with a date at the time, he could not get off his eyes of the Slovenian-American model. Ivanka’s father, then, asked Melania’s number and the rest was history.

The pair exchanged their wedding vows in Palm Beach, Florida, on Jan. 22, 2005, and hosted the reception at Donald's Mar-a-Lago estate. The POTUS has been very vocal about how proud he is of Melania for being a “popular,” “brilliant” and “wonderful” woman. Donald even considers his wife as one of the most successful models in history.

However, in Mar. 2019, Quinn Cummings claimed that Melania Trump was never a "supermodel" since she could not find her ZED card and professional photos. In a series of tweet, the writer pointed out Melania is more known for "dating a rich old guy in New York" than her actual work as a model.

“I keep thinking about Melania's zed card. If you aren't near the modeling business, a zed card or a comp card is the modeling equivalent of a headshot. It's slightly different, because their stats will be on it and headshots are mostly of the actor's, well, head,” Quinn wrote in a tweet. “Also, no professional shoots of any kind. We have tons of early pictures of any model of her generation, even if you were only a second-tier catalog model. (No insult meant to catalog. That stuff is BANK) Again, if your life is your image, you keep careful track of it,” she added in another tweet.

Melania Trump has yet to comment on Quinn Cummings’ statements. Meanwhile, in a FLOTUS-dedicated page published in the official White House website, Melania was described as a woman with “a highly successful modeling career, appearing in many high profile ad campaigns and working with some of the best photographers in the fashion industry.”

Melania Trump First Lady Melania Trump’s wax figure will be unveiled by New York’s Madame Tussauds on Wednesday by former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. In this photo, Melania Trump looks as President Donald Trump is reflected in her glasses and talks to members of the media about hurricane Irma upon arrival on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C., Sept. 10, 2017. Photo: Getty Images/ Olivier Douliery-Pool