Before Melania Trump became the First Lady of the United States, she was a young model in Eastern Europe. According to Today, she was first discovered by Slovenian photographer Stane Jerko.
She got her big break while sitting on a fence waiting for her friend to finish walking in a fashion show. She was almost 17 years old.
"It was January 1987 when I went home just before the end of the fashion show," Jerko told Today. "On the stairs of the Festival Hall, I saw a girl that immediately caught my eye. There stood a tall, slender and attractive long-haired girl with distinct eyes."
Melania, who was then Melania Knauss, had her first shoot with Jerko. He called her first photos "very promising," and he helped her make up her first portfolio.
That began her career as a professional model. See the photos below.
Would you have even recognized the first lady in these photos? She looks so young!