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antijoke vaginas. in hd too, horrifying the following is a cnn special report. ♪ her journey to the white house spanned two continents. >> i'm from slovenia and i grew up there as a teenager. >> melania trump, model turned wife of a billionaire, suddenly in the spotlight herself. >> i will fight to the end because i don't want to damage my reputation and my name. >> answering questions about her husband's past. >> he's an adult. he knows the consequences. >> and making promises about the future. >> i will be different than any other first ladies. i will help women. i will help children. ♪
>> tonight, a revealing look at first lady melania trump. she's more than a so-called first lady of fashion. she's a devoted mother who speaks six languages, and after watching her husband surged to the a stunning victory is now on her way to becoming a global icon. i'm randy kay and this is a cnn "special report: melania trump, the making of a first lady." ♪ >> the future first lady always turned heads. ♪ >> even when she was young, growing up in her home country slovenia. >> what is your maiden name? >> kanuss. >> k-a-n-u-s-s. >> oh. from slovenia. >> yes. >> she was born melania kanuss on april 26, 19 0.
it was long before slovenia split from communist. her grew up under communist rule. >> her father was a member of the communist party which was an unusual thing. he sold cars. he bit the family a nice home outside of the central city. her mother was a pattern designer in a textile fax torrey. she worked hard as was common for women in eastern bloc countries. >> my sister who is an incredible woman and a friend and i were raised by my wonderful parents. my elegant and hard-working mother, amalia, introduced me to fashion and beauty. my father, victor, installed in me a passion for business and travel. their integrity, compassion and intelligence reflects to this day on me and for my love of
family and america. >> friends in her hometown remember melania kanuss as sophisticated. she didn't drink or stay up late, nor did she like being the center of attention. >> one of her classmates recalled how she would get cat call it and boys would make sort of nasty, surly remarks at her. her friend would notice that melania would sort of pull up inside of herself and look ahead as if she didn't hear it. >> she immersed herself in her studies of design and architecture and she dreamed big. >> she also decided early on that -- that slovenia was too small for her, that she was determined to get out into the larger world, the bigger world. ♪ >> she was obviously a very pretty girl and was told that
from the beginning, and therefore that kind of made modelling and fashion and style and all of the rest of it an obvious outlet. >> melania kanuss put college on hold by the time she was 20 to pursue modelling jobs in milan and paris. she got commercial work playing, of all things, what appears to be the first female president of the united states in this 1993 ad. ♪ >> paulo zampoli saw her and was so impressed he suggested she move to new york city to model for his agency. >> i told her, melania, would you like to try the american market? >> and she said? >> yes, she was very interested and a few months later she came to the states. >> at the time she was 24, able to speak six languages including
italian, french and german, but immediately felt like new york was home. >> just the energy of new york, the opportunities, different world, different culture. it really attracted me. ♪ >> how would you describe her style and her beauty? >> she has a very strong sense of style, and this has been her life since she was a child, fashion and fashion magazines and modelling. she has a sure sense of style and she has a beautiful body. >> then in september 1998 at 28, two years after the future first lady arrived in new york city, came a chance meeting that would change her life forever. >> we met at the fashion party. it was a big fashion party that my friend organized, fashion week, and he invited me. that's how we met with donald. >> donald, as in donald j.
trump. she met her future husband and the man who would become the nation's 45th president at a party at manhattan's famous kit cat club. >> i was supposed to meet somebody else, and there was this great supermodel sitting next to melania and i was supposed to meet the supermodel. they said look, there's so and so. i said, forget about her, who's the one on the left and it was melania. >> paolo zampolli hosted the party and introduced them. she told him that she thought the businessman had sparkle. >> how did they act when they met? >> i saw there was some kind of chemistry. >> he asked me for the number and i said, i will not give you my number. so if you give me your numbers i will -- i will call you, and he was known as kind of a ladies
man. ♪ >> melania kanuss waited a week to called donald trump, later telling "gq" magazine i was not star struck and maybe he noticed that. >> we went on a date and we had a great time. we went to a place in new york downtown. >> at the time they met, donald trump was 52, melania kanuss just 28. but even with more than two decades between them, the romance grew until 2000. that year donald trump considered running for president on the reform party ticket, and the couple broke up briefly. >> i don't want to change him. i don't want, you know, to say come home and, you know, be with me. i don't want to change him. i want to give him space, and i think that's very important in the relationship. >> coming up, how the couple got back together.
never craved the spotlight outside of that. >> melania trump could have been happy retiring from the fashion world and raising a family and keeping a home and never appearing in the press. >> after a brief breakup, she and donald trump got back together, and from that point on there was no escaping the public eye. >> melania! >> how much would you say their relationship raised her profile? >> oh, i think very few people would have known much at all about then melania kanuss but for donald trump. she was not a person that would be on page six of the "new york post" prior to this relationship. she would never have been on howard stern. this is not her world. >> suddenly she was christening a crews ship and appearing in the "sports illustrated" swimsuit edition. >> it is the an important
edition, once a year and important to be in. >> there were appearances on trump's hit reality show, "the apprentice." >> and, yes, on howard stern's radio show. >> are you in love with trump? >> yes, we have a great time. >> you want to marry him? >> i'm not answering that. >> she did answer that on april 26th, 2004, nearly six years after donald trump first laid eyes on melania kanuss he proposed with a 15 karat, $1.5 million diamond engagement ring. the future mrs. trump telling the "new york post," it was a great surprise. we are very happy together. ♪ >> the couple wed january 22nd, 2005. >> i think of their wedding as almost a broadway production. >> hundreds attended the
star-studded reception at trump's mar-a-la mar-a-lago country club in florida. champagne was served along with a 157 pound wedding cake. >> there was a moment donald wanted to sell the broadcasts to the wedding and melania put her foot down at that. >> the new mrs. trump wore a custom made dior gown from france adorned with 1500 crystals. estimated cost, 100,000 to $200,000. "vogue" featured her on the cover. after the wedding the trump's settled in at their three-story manhattan penthouse overlooking fifth avenue. they granted larry king their first post-wedding interview on cnn. >> you use the name trump? >> i use the name trump. >> because you're proud of it? >> i'm proud of it, yes, i am.
>> and that name brought opportunity. the chief executive for aflac personally chose melania trump to tar in this ad saying she is the bride of the year. >> aflac! >> then came the inevitable questions about motherhood. >> do you want to parent, do you want to be a mother? >> yes, we want to have a family. we want to have a baby together. >> she will be an amazing mother, i have no doubt about that. she will be an amazing mother. >> on march 20th, 2006 the couple welcomed their son, barron william trump. his birth made headlines around the world. he was featured on "extra." >> hello, "extra." >> which got a tour of his nursery and a glimpse of the gold baby carriage. there was a photo spread in "people" magazine which revealed the newest trump heir had his own floor in the penthouse. melania trump makes it clear she will be heavily involved in
raising her son. >> i'm raising him and i just want to raise him the right way. i don't want nanny raising him. >> she deserves enormous credit for sheltering her son from the maelstrom that is trump world. she sheltered him and allowed him to just be a kid and that's a pretty great thing. >> just month's after barron was born she got her united states citizenship. >> i obeyed the law. i did it the right way. i didn't just sneak in and stay here. >> as barron grew, motherhood remained her top priority. >> say hi, larry. >> hi. i like, i like my suitcase. i have to go to school now. >> yeah, you will have a lunch and then you go to school. >> now i'm going to go. >> yes. first you will have lunch and then you go to school. >> is he a little donald? >> he is. he's bossing everybody around the house. >> has he fired anybody yet? >> he did. yes, actually he did. he's firing the housekeeper, the
nanny many times. >> melania trump taught barron her native slovenian language and until the campaign always picked barron up from school. >> and it is unconditional love and i enjoy every day. i love being a mom. a very special time because sooner or later he will have wings to fly, and i will be always there for him, but he will be very independent and ready to go. >> mommy, can i bring this to school? >> no. >> she was a very hands-on mother. this is the wife of a famous billionaire and not every mother at the school was as involved as she was. >> mrs. trump found time for personal projects too, launching a skin caroline made with kaf i can't remember -- caviar and her own jewelry line on qvc. despite their hectic schedules,
she remains a devoted wife and mother in a loving relationship. >> we are very strong. we are two independent people thinking on their own and have a very open conversation. i think that's very healthy for the relationship. >> i see in donald this surprising, almost tender quality toward melania. when we were meeting he said to her, well, tell him what a great husband i am, babe. >> he used the word "babe?" >> he used the word babe. she looked at him and kind of laughed and resisted, and i think she was tormenting him a little bit for fun, and i think this is something president trump needs in his life. he needs someone who can be playful, who can challenge him a little bit, who might not be frightened of him. i don't think melania is a bit afraid of him. >> coming up, donald trump announces he's running for president, and melania trump
>> ladies and gentlemen, i am he officially running for president of the united states, and we are going to make our country great again. >> june 2015, republican donald trump enters the presidential race, a decision his wife melania trump says they made as a family. >> i gave him my support and i said to him, you know, you cannot just talk. you need to go and run. >> do you think she wanted him to run for president? >> she said, look, you have to do what you think is right for the country can railway, but she definitely expressed her trepidation with the decision when he first came to her with the idea. >> her husband's idea landed melania trump smack in the middle of one of the ugliest presidential campaigns in history. >> would you describe her, would you consider her a reluctant campaigner? >> oh, i think she was a reluctant campaigner.
i don thi i don't think she relishes public speaking, i don't think she wants to be caught in the controversy. >> like the backlash from her prime time address at the republican national convention. >> i'm so proud of your choice for president of the united states, my husband, donald j. trump. >> there was a bit of her speech that very clearly was boroughro from a speech that michelle obama gave earlier. >> you work hard for what you want in life. >> you work hard for what you want in life. >> that your word is your bond. >> that your word is your bond. >> pass them on to the next generation. >> pass those lessons on to the many generations to follow. >> it is a big deal to plaigarize on a world stage at a national convention where her husband is receiving the
national nomination. to have it botched in such a major way was really devastating. >> within days an in-house writer for the trump organization took the blame saying passages melania told her she liked from michelle obama's speech made its way into the final draft. the writer called it a mistake. >> people make mistakes, she made a mistake. we all make mistakes. >> did the campaign fail melania trump to some extent? >> she should have been given a lot of help, a lot of really good attention before that speech was finished and delivered. it was obvious that no one vetted it in the way that it should have been reviewed. >> about the same time questions surfaced about mrs. trump's path to citizenship after the new york city post published nude photos of her, the photos appeared to be taken in 1995, though she had always said she came to the u.s. as a slovenian
immigrant the following year. >> i came to united states, to new york in 1996. >> the issue was whether or not the visa she had when she first came over to work as a model allowed her to work or simply to visit. >> i followed the law. i follow a law the way it is supposed to be. i never thought to stay here without papers. i had visa. >> mrs. trump came with a visa and i recall i signed the visa, and that was sometime in '96. >> so you helped arrange and secure the h1b visa? >> yes, as a model agent i arranged the visa. >> to be clear, the she ever work in the u.s. illegally? >> not to my recollection. >> mrs. trump took to twitter writing, i have at all times be in full compliance with the immigration laws of this country, period. any allegation to the contrary is simply untrue. >> was that a great introduction? >> then candidate donald trump
promised to provide proof at a press conference at a later date. >> oh, and by the way they said my wife melania might have come in illegally. can you believe that one? no, no, no. they said, headlines, maybe she came in illegally, maybe. let me tell you one thing, she has got it so documented. >> are you still waiting for that press conference? >> i think everyone is still waiting. i think no one will be surprised if that press conference will never come. >> we love you, new hampshire. we together, we will make america great again. >> i think there is an issue with her immigration history, and there is a doubt. it may never be resolved. >> made questions about melania trump's college degree and whether or not she earned one. >> once people started calling attention to it, her website was scrubbed and with the reference to her being a college graduate was removed. >> they all said i won. did i win? >> and there was also this, an
anti-trump super pac ad aimed at mormon voters put out before the caucuses. the group used an old nude photo with the caption, meet melania trump, your next first lady, or you can support ted cruz on tuesday day. senator cruz denied having anything to do with it. donald trump hit back tweeting, lying ted cruz used a picture of melania from a gq shoot in his ad. be careful, lying ted, or i will spill the beans on your wife. the issue injected melania's modelling career into the campaign, something she didn't shy away from. >> i think people will always judge i was a successful model. yes, i did foet shoots that were a little risque, but nothing you don't see in swimsuit issues. >> took that picture and others
for the january issue of british "fwrks q" magazine. >> it was an idea to have a beautiful genuine girl like her, and i thought that, you know, the fact we could use a jet and have her play that role, it was just too perfect. we were trying to portray a beautiful, sexy woman. >> i'm proud i did those pictures. i'm not ashamed of my body. >> melania keeps being reminded why she didn't want to do this. i don't envy the position she has been in and she didn't ask for it. >> coming up. >> whoa. >> the tape. >> when you're a star they let you do it. >> anything. >> you can do anything you want, grab them by the -- >> and the question, how would melania trump respond.
♪ if you elect him to be your president, he will fight four and for our country. >> on the campaign trail, melania trump was more often seen than heard, but when she spoke she never wavered in her public support. >> he has a great heart. he's tough, he's smart. >> even early on when then-candidate donald trump
referred to mexican immigrants as rapists and drug dealers, she had his back. >> he's not racist, he's not anti-immigrant. he wants to keep america safe. >> and when he announced his plan to temporarily ban muslims from entering the u.s. -- >> we need to screen who is coming to the country. he wants to protect america. >> would you say as far as the campaign goes she helped or hurt her husband's campaign? >> i think that ultimately melania trump helped her husband win the presidency. she made a few key appearances in places where people were very receptive to her, and i think she added a touch the of glamour and also affirmed him in a way that only she could. >> including when he needed it most. >> i'm automatically attracted to beautiful -- i just start kissing them. it's like a magnet.
i don't even wait. >> on october 7th, 2016 just weeks before election day, the trump campaign in crisis mode. a recording of the candidate on ""access hollywood"" 11 years ago was released. on it donald trump is heard bragging about not only kissing women but grabbing women's genitals, all without consent. >> and when you're a star they'll let you do it. you can do anything you want. grab them by the -- you can do anything. >> this was a campaign full of bombshells and full of moments where everyone's head was spinning and the internet was falling off its axis. this was a moment where truly the world stopped and everyone said, it is over, the campaign is over. ♪ >> the world waited and wondered just how melania trump would respond. she issued a short statement the next day calling her husband's words unacceptable and offensive, but also said he has
the heart and mind of a leader. ten days after the tapes came out, she broke her silence on national television. >> i was surprised because that is not the man that i know, and he was lead on, like egg on from the host to say dirty and bad stuff. he apologized. i accept his apology. i hope the american people will accept as well. that's not sexual assault. he didn't say he did it. >> she did what she had to do. she defended him. it was a critical moment in the campaign. >> she steadied herself and then she went forward and spoke for him. i think that made a huge difference, especially with white women voting for donald trump. i think they thought to themselves, well, this woman is no pushover. >> and at a debate just days
after that tape was released, mrs. trump raised eyebrows by wearing a hot pink gucci blouse with a so-called pus bow. it set off a frenzy after her husband's comments. >> do you think it was a smart move? >> i think it was a move true to herself. it was very fashion. it was a little bit cunning. >> what do you make of that blouse at that moment? commentators and talking heads throwing their heads in the air and saying, oh, my god, melania is secretly sub versive. she is making a comment on her husband, she is not on board and she is mad at him. i'm not entirely sure it is true. i think she probably thought it was pretty blouse, it was appropriate, it was high necked, it was feminine. my guess is that's about as far as it went. >> the same month the campaign was pushing back against
allegations by dozens of women that donald trump had kissed them or groped them without consent. some of their stories date back 30 years. mr. trump denied all of it. >> i believe my husband. i believe my husband. this was all organized from the opposition. >> look at her, look at her words. you tell me -- >> and when her husband turned the tables on the accusers, mocking some of them publicly, his wife stood by him. >> he treats everyone equally, so if you're a woman and he attacks, they attack him, he will attack back no matter who you are. we are all human and he treats them equal as men. >> one accuser was a "people" magazine writer who had profiled the couple in 2005. she claimed that donald trump forcibly kissed her at their palm beach home while a very pregnant melania trump was in another room. the "people" magazine writer said she ran into mrs. trump on fifth avenue months after the
incident, and she said melania trump asked her why she hasn't seen her around recently. >> that is the portion of the story that melania chose to take issue with. >> mrs. trump's lawyer sent a letter to "people" magazine demanding a retraction, saying that meeting on fifth avenue never happened. >> i was never friend with her. i would not recognize her. i would not recognize her on the street or ask her why we don't see her anymore. so that was another thing, like, you know, people cut out saying lies and not true stuff. ♪ >> she briefly retreated from the campaign trail, but then melania trump came out strong in the final days to make her closing argument on behalf of her husband. >> he knows how to make real change. make america great again is not just some slogan. it is what has been in his heart
since the day i met him. >> it was a moment where everyone stepped back and said, why hasn't she been doing this more often. she is magnetic. she is magnanimous and she is really a force here and such a good image for the trump campaign to project. >> and god bless this beautiful country! >> and on election night when donald j. trump wins the white house, melania trump makes history, too, as our next first lady. >> all of a sudden she's gone from being the wife of a celebrity tv show host to the wife of the president of the united states. ♪ >> coming up, as her husband prepares to move to the white house, all eyes as usual are on melania trump.
answer. it is no wonder style watchers are already calling melania trump the first lady of fashion. >> melania trump tends to wear already well-established designers. >> big brands, definitely. i think brands that are labels of achievement and aspiration, the kind of things you wear when you want to show you have arrived. >> on her wedding day back in 2005, melania trump wore this christian dior gown. >> it was full on marie antoinette, 13-foot train, 1500 crystals. found when she went to paris. >> she mainly favors european brands but mixes in american labels like ralph lauren, too and she often shops on line. >> melania trump seems to be charting her own path in terms of style. how unique is that? >> it is pretty unique, but also a reflection of her conflict
with the american fashion industry when a number of designers stood up and said i'm not going to dress with mrs. trump, work with her on her clothing. one of the funniest moments was derek lamb was one of the designers and he said he wouldn't actively work with the administration. she wore one of his sweaters to watch the super bowl in palm beach because she could buy it. >> her first magazine cover as first lady, ""vanity fair" mexico," a photo featured in "gq" the year before. the klosglossy cover captures h twirling a string of diamond. it refers to her as the new jackie kennedy, a comparison that has been made before. >> i see they compare me to jackie kennedy, of course it is an honor. but we are in 21st century and i would be different. she had the great style and she did a lot of good stuff, but this is different time now.
>> during a photo shoot for "harper's bazaar," melania trump called mrs. kennedy's style elegant, simple and feminine. she may have been trying to emulate that with this ralph lauren powder blue skirt suit on inauguration day. >> it certainly looked a lot like the outfit mrs. kennedy wore on inauguration day. her hair was kind of like mrs. kennedy. she had gloves and matching pumps. >> it was a knockout. i couldn't walk down pennsylvania avenue in those stilettos however. >> she is developing what you might call a signature style. it is very simple, classic lines. what she wears does not distract from her. and so one always is focused on her face and her hair. >> how do you put up with -- >> she likes bright colors. she likes very simple clothing. you know, often sheath dresses. generally now sort of round
necked and fairly covered, and it is actually not very trump-ian or what we think of being very trump-ian. it doesn't match the versailles look of the apartment for example. >> on election day she wore a simple sleeveless michael kors with a coat draped over her. >> it is the jacket or the coat slung over her shoulders, not actually with the arms through. it is a very new york look, very cool, very collected. >> on election night she wore this $4,000 ralph lauren one-sleeve pants suit. on new year's eve it was a dolce and gabanna dress. at one ball it was this dress she helped design. >> can the american woman relate to her? >> i don't think the promise of the trump administration is about being every woman. she really hold themselves up as aspiration, as something that everybody should want. you know, melania is that
trophy. >> an amazing mother, an incredible woman, melania trump. >> for her speech at the republican national convention, she stepped out in this pricey cotton silk dress. a few nights later, this white fendi dress with hand embroidered mink and crystal detail she reportedly bought online. for mrs. trump, observers say, there have been a few fashion missteps. >> i think what we're seeing is her undergoing a crash course in first lady 101. the derek lamb sweater when photographed was slightly sheer. you know, that's a little racy for a first lady and probably wasn't intentional. >> and that dress the first lady wore on red heart day? >> they hadn't thought through what it might say she was wearing, you know, which is a french brand in her first public appearance since her husband had stood on the steps of the capital and said my first rule is buy american.
>> despite it all, to some her style exhibits strength and independence. >> melania trump is to my imagination emerging as the mona lisa of the first ladies, because it is by her appearance and her posture that she seems to signal a strong impression. it is a centered quality. it is an independent quality. >> an independent quality that adds to the mystery of melania trump. >> i see in some ways the same expression on her face that at every moment. i know that she is hiding from us, and to some degree i feel great empathy for her because it would be hard to be the one who's the subject of so much attention and who knows that everyone is trying to figure out what's going on inside of you when all you really want is to be a private person.
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melania trump. >> most first ladies who come into office have been senator's wife or a governor's wife or some kind of political spouse before. melania was the wife of a new york flashy billionaire. >> still, inauguration weekend the new first lady dazzled crowds. >> i'm honored to be your lady. >> but soon after attending church at the national cathedral, she swiftly returned to new york city with her son. she and barron trump would not be moving into the white house, at least not right away. for 12 days after the inauguration, the first lady is nowhere to be seen. then she re-emerges, greeting her husband in palm beach, florida as he disembarked from air force one. that weekend they attended the red cross ball. but when the prime minister of japan and his wife visited the
white house, melania trump was absent. >> she wasn't really engaged with mrs. abe, and so she went around washington on her own. this is a really significant breach of protocol. >> when asked about this, the white house explained that melania trump wanted to greet mrs. abe but that mrs. abe had already made commitments. melania trump later flew with the president and the abes to florida, spent the weekend at mar-a-lago and did some sight seeing together. a few days later, mrs. trump returned to the white house for the first time in nearly two weeks to greet the israeli prime minister and his wife. >> how important is it that the first lady be by the president's side? >> the first lady can be tremendously important and play a really important role for the rest of us by reaching her husband, whom she knows better than anybody, and telling him
what is really going on in the land because her security bubble is somewhat, somewhat less than his, and she can be a real truth-teller. >> a sign mrs. trump will spend more time at the white house eventually, the hiring of staff for the east wing, a social secretary and a chief of staff. >> i think that melania is going to be outstanding. that's right, she just opened up the visitor center, in other words touring of the white house. >> as first lady, she has promised to focus on cyber bullying and children and what else remains to be seen. >> 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 is done by someone with no name hiding on the internet. >> there is a little bit of
irony there considering her husband has been known to be quite a cyber bullier himself, but it is an issue that resonates with many moms and parents and children across the country. >> at a recent thank you rally in melbourne, florida, mrs. trump appeared to be playing a bigger role, reciting the lord's prayer. >> let us pray. our father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. >> and introducing her husband after her own remarks. >> i will always stay true to myself and be truthful to you, no matter what the opposition is saying about me. [cheers]. >> how do you see her as first lady? >> i really don't expect melania trump to become a prominent figure in the way that roslyn carter or nancy reagan or the
bush women or michelle obama were. it is just not in her i think to be that engaged with the american public. >> it is a great responsibility, and probably a very terrifying one as well. so i think maybe let's give her time to settle in and adjust. >> it is a daily grind and with a total loss of privacy, but with enormous benefits. the first thing you see in the morning is the washington monument, your mode of transport is air force one, and every time you walk into a room they play "hail to the chief." the rewards are enormous, but you have to make sacrifices for that role, too. you have to do your part. you have to prove yourself worthy of this great traditional historic role. >> the first lady of the united states. >> when melania trump moves into the white house this year, she will be 47 years old and the
47th first lady. [ applause ] ♪ government refuses to allow the turkey dutch minister to hold a rally. donald trump fires a high-profile u.s. attorney while the vice-president works to unite republicans on health care. will he? clouds continue to gather on the streets of seoul, south korea, two days after the removal of the president. these stories all ahead on "cnn newsroom." i'm natalie allen. i'm going to welcome our viewers here in the united states and all around the world to "cnn