Melania Trump, wife of Donald Trump, had a long career as a model before she came a political wife and mother. She started her modeling career as a teenager in her native Slovenia.
Melania likely was not yet 17 when she was approached by well-known Slovenian photographer Stane Jerko who proposed she model for him.
“My eye of a professional photographer always looking for girls to photograph, for fashion, for ads, so I quickly noticed this tall girl, slender with a good figure, long legs,” Jerko calmly recalled during an interview with Univision at his home in Liubjiana.
When friends who worked in fashion saw the photographs, they contacted her. The next fall, Melania took a modeling course and posed for fashion magazines.
Jerko thought at first that Melania had a very good future in modeling but after two sessions, he lost enthusiasm.
“Her exterior was very good to be an excellent model, but she lacked energy, a certain charm that if you have, you transmit it through your eyes, through your personality. If you have something that, shall we say, comes from the heart, it shows in the photo,” the photographer said.
(Photos by Stane Jerko, via Univision)