Melania Trump revealed that she always knew her husband would win the US presidential election "if and when he ran" when she shares how her childhood in Slovenia and her travels as a model made her first Lady to serve.
In a rare interview in the November issue of British lifestyle magazine Tatler, the 50-year-old spoke about her humble beginnings, her strong belief in capitalism and Donald Trump's presidency.
While the former model appeared regularly as a cover girl in the heyday of her career, she has not appeared on any magazine cover apart from Vanity Fair Mexico since her husband's shock election in 2016.
Tatler's November issue was no exception. This honor was bestowed on another internationally recognized woman from a powerful family: Meghan Markle.
Opening: Melania Trump, 50, spoke in an interview with Tatler about her humble beginnings, her belief in capitalism and President Donald Trump
During the in-depth interview, Melania recalled her husband announcing on the Larry King Live Show in 1999 that he was considering running for office, but she said they knew the timing was not right then.
“We knew it wasn't the right time. But I knew he would win if he ran, ”she told the publication.
After Trump's impressive defeat to Democratic candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, he, his wife and their son Barron moved from the penthouse in Trump Tower to the White House.
Cover: The interview is featured in the November issue of the UK magazine
As a first lady, Melania launched her Be Best initiative, which focuses on wellbeing, online safety, and combating opioid abuse.
After three and a half years in office, she said she is very proud of the measures the Trump administration has taken against addiction.
"We need to remove the stigma and shame that come with addiction and treat it as a disease," she said. "I am proud of the advances and results this administration has made that have resulted in saved lives."
Melania was born as Melanija Knavs in 1970 and grew up in the small industrial town of Sevnica in Slovenia – a country under communist rule at the time.
Her father, Viktor Knavs, was a car dealer and her mother, Amalija Knavs, was a designer of children's clothing.
"I grew up with a lovely family and had a wonderful childhood," she said. "My mom and dad taught us the importance of education, hard work, and family."
Flashback: Melania recalled her husband announcing on the Larry King Live Show in 1999 that he was considering running for office, but the time was not
Confident: Melania, pictured at President Donald Trump's inauguration in 2017, said she knew he would win if he ran.
Role of her Life: Melania said her childhood in Slovenia, her life as an international model and her time in New York enabled her to "serve our great nation as first lady".
Melania started modeling when she was 16 and when she was 18 she was signed to an agency in Milan, Italy. She worked in both Milan and Paris before moving to New York in 1996.
She met her future husband in 1998 at a fashion party and they married in an elaborate ceremony in Palm Beach, Florida in 2005. A year later they welcomed their only child together, Barron, who is now 14 years old.
Trump has a total of five children. He shares three children – Don Jr., Ivanka, and Eric – with his first wife Ivana Trump, and he has a younger daughter – Tiffany – with his second wife Marla Maples.
Melania told Tatler that her childhood and subsequent years across Europe prepared her for where she is now.
"I grew up in Slovenia, lived in both Milan and Paris at a young age, then moved to the US and lived in New York City in my 20s – all of which resulted in my being our great nation First Lady served, "she said said.
Melania is the first first lady to be a naturalized citizen, as well as the first not to be a native speaker of English.
When asked how her life experiences and growing up under communism shaped her, she said, "I can tell you that I believe in free market capitalism."
Achievements: Melania, pictured at Concord Hospital in New Hampshire, said she was very proud of the actions the Trump administration has taken against addiction
Making history: Melania, pictured with Queen Elizabeth II. In December, becomes the first first lady to be a naturalized citizen, as well as the first not to be a native speaker of English
Family: The President and First Lady have a child, 14-year-old Barron
Melania's interview is advertised on the cover of the magazine with the headline: “The First Lady's Last Days? Melania speaks to Tatler. & # 39;
While she rarely does in-depth interviews, she doesn't star on the cover of the November issue with Meghan Markle.
Last year, the first lady got caught up in a high profile spit with legendary Vogue editor Anna Wintour after she passed her on as the cover star of the fashion magazine.
"Being on the cover of Vogue doesn't define Mrs. Trump, she was there long before she was first lady," said then-spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham.
Wintour never specifically stated that she would never feature Melania Trump on the cover again, but suggested she wasn't thrilled with the prospect – also because she said the magazine wasn't politically impartial.
"I believe and I think those of us who work at Conde Nast believe that you have to stand up for what you believe in and that you have to take a point," Wintour told CNN at the time.
Former First Lady Michelle Obama appeared on the magazine's cover three times while her husband was in office. The magazine also featured New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and former first Hillary Clinton.
"Obviously these are women who we believe are icons and inspire women from a global perspective," Wintour continued. "I also feel even stronger now that this is not the time to try – and I think you have to be fair, you have to look in all directions – but I don't think it's a moment not to stand up Respectively."
Grisham said the comments show how "insecure" and "fainthearted" the Vogue editor is in making a biting statement.