Things you didn't know about Donald Trump's wife

Although Donald Trump has made quite a show for himself, his current wife, Melania, has mostly kept to the background. We're taking a closer look at Trump's right-hand woman, from her childhood, to their first run-in, to their marriage today.

She used to be a model

Born in Slovenia, Melania began modeling at the age of five. By 16, she was doing commercials. "I went professional after my studies," Melania recently told Parenting magazine (via the New York Post). "My mom loved fashion. We loved to travel and go to Italy and Paris." Melania would go on to pose for some of the most iconic fashion photographers in the business, including Patrick Demarchelier and Mario Testino, and posed for everything from Sports: Illustrated to Vogue.

She met Donald while he was dating someone else

Speaking to Harper's Bazaar in 2016, Melania admitted she met Donald at a Fashion Week party in 1998 while he was still dating someone else. "He wanted my number, but he was with a date, so of course I didn't give it to him," she said. Instead, she wanted his number. The reason: she wanted to see what kind of digits he'd give her and would determine what to do from there. (Hint: personal numbers = good; business = bad.) To Melania's surprise, Donald gave her all of his numbers. "The office, Mar-a-Lago, home in New York, everything." Melania called him after she returned from a photo shoot in the Caribbean. No word on what happened to the other woman, though we're guessing she's pretty bitter.

She stayed out of Donald's campaign

If you wondered why you didn't hear or see much of Melania on the campaign trail, it was by choice. "I'm choosing not to go political in public because that is my husband's job. I'm very political in private life, and between me and my husband I know everything that is going on. I follow from A to Z," she told Harper's Bazaar in 2016. "But I chose not to be on the campaign. I made that choice. I have my own mind. I am my own person, and I think my husband likes that about me." Given her husband's outrageous viewpoints, she was probably smart to stay away.

She doesn't always agree with him

Considering Donald Trump is one of the most blunt and outspoken figures in the world, it should come as no surprise that his wife can dish it right back. In fact, Harper's Bazaar took specific note of Melania's reported "unflappability." "I give him my opinions, and sometimes he takes them in, and sometimes he does not," she told the magazine. "Do I agree with him all the time? No. I think it is good for a healthy relationship. I am not a 'yes' person. No matter who you are married to, you still need to lead your life." She adds: "I don't want to change him. And he doesn't want to change me." Wait…she doesn't always agree with Donald Trump? Can she run for president, instead?

She's Trump's third wife

Anyone who paid attention to the tabloids in the '80s and '90s knows that Donald's marriage to Melania isn't exactly his first time at the rodeo. In fact, Trump's previous two marriages were filled with the kind of gossip and scandal that would put the entire Kardashian family to shame. Trump married his first wife, Ivana, in 1977. The couple quickly became one of the most powerful and talked about duos on the New York social scene. That is, until Trump allegedly began ascandalous affair with Marla Maples, catalyzing one of the most high-profile divorces of the end of the century. Trump ultimately married Maples in 1993, about a year after his divorce from Ivana. They lasted for six long and painful years that basically kept the New York Post in business.

She's barely older than her step-kids

At age 46, Melania is a mere seven years older than Donald's oldest son, Donald Trump, Jr., who is 38. Awkward, much? She's not that far off in age from Trump's other children, either; Eric, Ivanka, and Tiffany are ages 32, 35 an 23, respectively.

They have great sex

When Donald and Melania Trump move into the White House, expect them to be drastically different from, say, Ronald and Nancy Reagan—at least when it comes to talking about their personal lives. That assumption is based on a now-infamous interview that the Trumps gave to radio shock-jock Howard Stern in 1999, during which Stern probed the newly minted couple on their sex life. "We have incredible sex," Melania boasted via telephone, according to the New York Post, adding she was calling Stern in barely any clothes at all. Melania went on to say she and Donald have sex "at least once a day" and "sometimes even more." Well, as they say in the White House, if the Lincoln Bedroom's rockin', don't come a-knockin'.

Their wedding was extravagant

When you're a real estate mogul worth billions of dollars, there's no question as to whether your wedding is going to be over-the-top. Such was especially true for Donald and Melania's January 2005 nuptials at Trump's resort in Palm Beach, Florida. For the wedding, Melania wore agown made by John Galliano, which reportedly took 1,000 hours to make, 550 hours of which were dedicated to hand-sewing 1,500 crystal rhinestones and pearls. If that wasn't enough, the guest list included everyone from Katie Couric, to former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, to American Idol judge Simon Cowell, to Billy Joel, who sang "Just the Way You Are." Ironically, former President and First Lady Bill and Hillary Clinton were also in attendance. A photo of the Trumps and Clintons smiling and laughing at the ceremony went viral in 2015. Both sides were likely very pissed.

She's about to become the first foreign-born First Lady in almost 200 years

Because she was born in Slovenia in 1970, Melania will have the distinction of becoming the first foreign-born First Lady in a jaw-dropping 191 years. The last and only other woman to accomplish this feat: John Quincy Adams' wife, Louisa Adams, who was born in England all the way back in 1775, according to USA Today.

She's the first-ever First Lady to pose nude

This one will definitely be a first for the White House: according to the Miami Herald, after her husband is sworn in, Melania will officially become the first-ever First Lady to pose nude. The infamous photo shoot was for British GQ's January 2000 issue and featured a naked Melania flaunting her birthday suit on Donald's private plane. A link to the photos can be found here, although we have to warn you: the photos are very NSFW.

Somewhere, Martha Washington is blushing in her grave right now.

She has one child with Donald

Melania and Donald welcomed their first and only son together, Barron, in 2006. According to GQ, Barron speaks Melania's native language, Slovenian, fluently. He also wants to be a "businessman and golfer," according to excerpts from Parenting magazine obtained by GQ. "He's not a sweatpants child," Melania told Parenting (via GQ).

Incidentally, according to the profile, Melania refers to Barron as "little Donald" and insists he doesn't have a nanny. He will also hold the distinction of becoming the first "First Son" to live in the White House since JFK Jr. in the '60s, according to CNN.

She'll tackle cyberbullying in the White House

Right before her husband was elected, Melania revealed to a crowd in Pennsylvania that she plans to help the fight against cyberbullying as First Lady. "Our culture has gotten too mean and too rough, especially to our children and teenagers," she said, according to NBC News. The campaign promise was widely mocked and criticized after it was revealed, including by CNN's Anderson Cooper. Because, well, have you read Donald's tweets?

She was accused of plagiarizing a speech by Michelle Obama

The speech delivered by Melania at the Republican National Convention in July 2016 was called into question after a Twitter user noticed it contained alarming similarities to a speech given by Michelle Obama at the Democratic National Convention eight years prior. Although multiple lines from Melania's speech appeared to match Michelle's, in some cases word for word, the Trump campaign denied it had been plagiarized. "In writing her beautiful speech, Melania's team of writers took notes on her life's inspirations, and in some instances included fragments that reflected her own thinking. Melania's immigrant experience and love for America shone through in her speech, which made it such a success," the campaign said in a statement released to CNN. No one was fired over the incident, CNN reported.

She may have worked in the United States illegally

A few days before Election Day, Donald Trump's controversial stance on immigration was nearly derailed after the Associated Press reported that Melania had been paid over $20,000 for 10 modeling jobs in the United States mere weeks before she was legally allowed to work in the country. Melania's path to United States citizenship had been previously called into question by outlets like Politico, to which Melania outright denied. This time around, however, the campaign stayed mum.

She stood by her man

In early October 2016, the Washington Post uncovered a video recording of Donald Trump making lewd sexual comments about women while chatting with then-host of Access Hollywood, Billy Bush. The now-infamous tape led to criticisms of Trump from both sides of the aisle; but even when the controversy appeared to destroy Donald's bid for the White House, Melania stood firmly by his husband, dismissing his comments as "boy talk" that had been "egged on" by Bush. "I said to my husband that, you know, the language was inappropriate. It's not acceptable. And I was surprised, because that is not the man that I know," she told CNN's Anderson Cooper. "And as you can see from the tape, the cameras were not on—it was only a mic. And I wonder if they even knew that the mic was on."