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Vitamins and Caviar: Getting to Know Melania Trump

She is a decorous, gracious, glamorous wife and mother. A model for first lady?
Donald Trump and Melania Trump seen at Trump Tower on May 7, 2012 in New York City.

Donald Trump and Melania Trump seen at Trump Tower on May 7, 2012 in New York City.

Photo by Bobby Bank/Getty Images

Four years ago, the Slovenian former supermodel Melania Trump stood in a belted white dress that sang of Hamptons summer, sleek pumps on her feet and a pale pink clutch in her manicured grip. She squinted. She smoldered. But she was neither on runway nor red carpet. Melania Trump, the longtime pin-up and cover girl, was posing outside an Applebee’s in Times Square. She was there to bear witness to the friendship between the two people beside her: her husband, Donald Trump, and the former Alaska governor Sarah Palin.

A year later, the Trumps hosted another Capitol Hill hopeful in their Gotham playground: they threw a 63rd birthday bash for Ann Romney that doubled as a campaign fundraiser for Ann’s husband, Mitt, the former governor of Massachusetts. Again, an opportunity for Donald to trumpet his friendship with a Republican politician; again an opportunity for Melania to pose. This time she chose hot pink and a forced smile. She stood beside Ann, before the gilded columnary of Trump Tower, showing off a very special birthday cake: dainty flowers, green pastures, three odd tree stumps, and a sugary figurine of Ann Romney on a horse that could only have been Rafalca.