FLOTUS 41 is inspired by our First Lady, Melania Trump. Melania is a beautiful, intelligent, and dedicated mother. Melania always worried what impact uprooting her child from his school and his home and being thrust into the harsh and unforgiving world of politics, would have. No one really considers that you do not campaign for the office of First Lady. It is bestowed upon you via your husband being elected President of the United States. Melania accepted her duties once she was allowed temper the impact on her son. She taught us that life often throws obstacles and change in our paths and we have the power to handle those situations with grace and dignity
Melania Trump is known for her elegant style and beautiful wardrobe. Therefore, FLOTUS 45 is dressed in an elegant, embroidered, satin dress with an ivory and gold embellished jacket and golden shoes.
Wikipedia says that Melania Trump was born Melania Knauss on April 26, 1970, in Slovenia. Her father, Viktor Knavs was from the nearby town of Radeče and managed car and motorcycle dealerships. Her mother Amalija came from the village of Raka and worked as a patternmaker at a children’s clothing manufacturer. As a child, Melania and other children of workers at the factory participated in fashion shows that featured children’s clothing. She has an older sister, Ines, who is an artist.
According to her White House profile, she began what would soon become a highly-successful modeling career, appearing in many high-profile ad campaigns and working with some of the best photographers in the fashion industry.
Mrs. Trump has always been an active member of her community. In 2005, she was Honorary Chairwoman for the Martha Graham Dance Company. That same year, she was awarded Goodwill Ambassador by the American Red Cross—a role she served in for four years. Mrs. Trump served five years as Honorary Chairwoman for the Boys’ Club of New York and was named Woman of the Year in 2006 by the Police Athletic League. Mrs. Trump has participated in National Love Our Children Day and National Child Abuse Prevention month, ringing the closing bell at NASDAQ.
In 2010, Mrs. Trump was the Chairwoman for the American Heart Association, which raised $1.7 million for research. That same year she launched her own jewelry collection.
In her role as First Lady, and drawing from her own experience as a mother, Mrs. Trump focuses her time on the many issues affecting children. An unwavering characteristic of the First Lady is her aptitude for showing love and compassion in all that she does.
Mrs. Trump spends much of her time meeting with children who are patients at hospitals and care centers. Internationally, Mrs. Trump has visited several hospitals and schools. One of her most memorable visits being at the Pediatric Hospital Bambino Gesu in the Vatican City, where she met a boy who had been waiting for a new heart. Upon arrival in Belgium the following day, Mrs. Trump learned that the hospital had found a transplant for the boy–Mrs. Trump celebrated the news in a press statement and said “my own heart is filled with joy over the news.”
As First Lady, Mrs. Trump has made multiple visits to schools—both foreign and domestic, Mrs. Trump is always bringing children to the forefront of her agenda. Mrs. Trump invited a group of local students to the White House so she could talk with them, hear their stories, and understand the issues they are challenged with today. Mrs. Trump addresses those issues each opportunity she gets. From Governors’ spouses’ luncheons to the United Nations General Assembly, Mrs. Trump puts the emphasis on children and how we can protect them, teach them, and empower them.
Mrs. Trump has utilized her platform as First Lady to raise awareness about the dangers of opioid abuse—notably the devastating effects it has on infants and unborn babies. Mrs. Trump traveled to Huntington, West Virginia, where she visited Lily’s Place, the Nation’s first nonprofit infant recovery center that prioritizes the whole family to ensure infants born dependent on drugs are given the best opportunity to thrive. Mrs. Trump traveled to Ohio to visit Cincinnati Children’s, a leading pediatric hospital where she learned more about the ongoing research around the harmful results of drug abuse in pregnant mothers.
On May 7, Mrs. Trump launched BE BEST—an awareness campaign focused entirely around the well-being of children. The campaign has three pillars, which represent key areas of concern for Mrs. Trump: well-being, which includes the social and emotional health of children; social media, and understanding both the positive and negative effects it has on our children; and opioid abuse, and how to protect our most vulnerable from the effects of drug abuse while educating parents about the detrimental effects of opioids.
She is truly an inspiration as our 45th First Lady; encouraging us to be our best selves and teaching our children to be, and do, their best as well.