Former First Lady Melania Trump, one of the most successful models in the business, doesn't appear to have much interest in pursuing her modeling career.
According to Nicki Swift, former President Donald Trump has hinted on several occasions that his wife was all but done with modeling ever since he became the president, as many publishers in the industry turned on her during those years.
For her part, Melania seems to have moved on, according to some of the statements she made about the industry.
The former first lady has been in the headlines recently as left-leaning outlets attempt to stir up marriage-related drama between the Trumps.
Nicki Swift recounted Melania Trump's rise in the fashion and modeling world.
Melania's modeling career began decades ago, when she was in her teens. Speaking to Today, the photographer credited for discovering her, Stane Jerko shared that a then-16-year-old Melania had been waiting to meet up with a friend at a Slovenian fashion show when he saw something special in her. They arranged for one test shoot, then another ... and soon enough, her career kicked off.
The now-Mrs. Trump went on to feature in photoshoots for a number of European brands and outlets, before moving stateside in the late '90s. There, she continued to work as a model — and after she began dating Donald, her career only grew.
Notably, her last photo shoot was in 2016 for GQ, prior to her husband's election victory.
The former president has blasted some of the publications that he believes have unfairly excluded his wife for political reasons.
But in leaked conversations with Melania's former advisor Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, the first lady made remarks that indicated she was pretty much done with modeling.
Nicki Swift noted:
Speaking to Wolkoff about the conversation she'd had, where the magazine offered a profile, and possibly a cover shoot, she complained, "Might be a cover? I don't need — I don't give a f*** about Vogue, and any magazine" (via NBC News).
In a 2022 Fox News interview, Melania Trump made it clear she wasn't too concerned, saying "I have much more important things to do, and I did, in the White House, than being on the cover of Vogue."
Many on the left have mocked the former first lady for not campaigning with her husband. But the former president put that to rest last month, according to NBC News.
A reporter asked the former president if America would see her on the trail. Trump assured her that that would be the case.
"Yes. Soon? Yeah, pretty soon. When it's appropriate, but pretty soon," he said. "She's a private person, a great person, a very confident person and she loves our country very much."
He added, "And honestly, I like to keep her away from it. It’s so nasty and so mean."