Why was Melania Trump missing from Donald Trump’s Christmas family photo? Here’s why

Former president and business mogul Donald Trump celebrated Christmas with his family by his side at his Mar-a-Lago estate. As per tradition, they released a family photo which included his sons, daughters, and grandchildren. However, the one person that was missing was his wife, Melania Trump.

As expected, people started speculating about the reasons regarding Melania‘s absence, and the truth behind it is heartbreaking.

Melania’s life has been a fascinating one. Born Melania Knauss on April 26, 1970, in Novo Mesto, Slovenia, she grew up in the small railway town of Sevnica. Her father, Viktor, who was a car mechanic and chauffeur, and her mother, Amalija, who worked as a pattern-maker at a clothing factory, were able to provide a good life for Melania and her sister Ines.

“I grew up with a beautiful family and had a wonderful childhood,” Melania Trump said. “My mother and father taught us the importance of education, hard work and family.”

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The two sisters were always dressed impeccably as their mom spent hours designing and making clothes for them. Later on, Melania designed the clothes her mother sewed for her herself.

“She was very pretty,” Tomšič, who has run a local hospital to which Melania donated $25,000 after marrying Donald Trump, told GQ in 2016. “She was always very fancy.”

Having nice jobs living in then Yugoslavia, Viktor and Amalija took their daughters to vacations in places such as Germany, France, and Italy.

At the age of 16, Melania was scouted by fashion photographer Stane Jerko who spotted her leaning on a fence while leaving a fashion show at the Festival Hall.

“By the staircase at the entrance, I saw this girl,” Jerko recalled. “She was tall, slim, with long hair. I told her who I was, what I did, and why I would photograph her.”


It was back in 1987 when young Melania decided to drop out of the University of Ljubljana and focus on modeling instead. It took her only a year to get a contract with a modeling agency in Milan.

When she met famous Italian businessman Paolo Zampolli, he helped her get a work visa to the U.S.

She went to New York she lived in a shared apartment at Gramercy Park, but being 26 at the time, which is considered older than an average aspiring woman, Melania decided to put everything on the line and posed for the French men’s magazine Max without clothes on.

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This caught the attention of many, and soon after, Melania’s face was all over Times Square as part of a commercial for a tobacco company.

At a Kit Kat Club event during the New York Fashion Week in 1998, Zampolli brought a friend, Donald Trump. He was with a date that night, but when he saw Melania, he immediately wanted to know more about her.

One of Melania’s friends, Edit Molnar, spoke of that night and explained that Donald asked Melania for her number, but she didn’t give it to him because he wasn’t alone. “Melania said, ‘He’s here with a woman. I am absolutely not giving him my number,’” Molnar told New York Post. “She wouldn’t even consider it. Donald did all the work.”

Melania also spoke of the night she first met Donald Trump. “He wanted my number,” she told Tatler. “But he was on a date, so of course I didn’t give it to him. I said, ‘I am not giving you my number; give me yours and I will call you.’ If I give him my number, I’m just one of the women he calls.”

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After they met again, one thing led to another and the two started a relationship. In 2001, at the time Melania got her green card, she was already living at Trump Tower.

They tied the knot some three years later, and in 2006, they welcomed their son Baron Trump.

Melania did end her career as a model, but she never stopped working, regardless of her husband’s enormous wealth.

When Trump became President of The United States of America, Melania thanked her parents for their sacrifice in her speech.

“My parents worked very hard to ensure our family could not only live and prosper in America but also contribute to a nation that allows for people to arrive with a dream and make it a reality,” she said. “I want to take the moment to thank my mother and father for all that they have done for our family. It is because of you that I am standing here today.”

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According to The New York Times, Melania’s parents “split their time among an apartment in Trump Tower, Mr. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Florida and the suite in the White House once used by Mrs. Obama’s mother.”

Melania is extremely close with her parents, and it is her mother who is the reason why the former First Lady wasn’t spending Christmas with her family.

Sadly, according to Donald Trump, Melania’s mom has been ill and she needs her daughter around.

Group portrait of, left to right, Amalija Knavs, Donald Trump, Melania Trump, Barron Trump, Santa Claus, and Viktor Knavs on Christmas Day at the Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, December 25, 2008. (Photo by Davidoff Studios/Getty Images)

“Melania—great First Lady, so popular, the people love her—she’s now in a hospital with her mother. Her mother, Amalija, is very ill, but hopefully she’ll be recovering,” Trump said.

“But she’s been very ill, so I just want to say ‘hello’ to the First Lady—we just spoke, down in Miami, great hospital—and hopefully they’ll be ok, but it’s a tough one, it’s a very tough one. She knows probably about 95% of the people in this room. We just want to wish Amalija that she gets better as quickly as possible.”

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