A visitor to one of Trump’s homes, late into Melania’s pregnancy, recalls him remarking that he agreed to the baby on the condition that Melania would get her body back.
“She promised him that everything would go back to the way it was,” says this guest; it struck this person as a “contract.” And he was simply rude to her. ’ No opening of doors, making sure she didn’t fall.
“I say very simple, ‘Please come.’ ” Melania was in. In 1996 she moved to New York City, settling into Zeckendorf Towers, on Union Square, where Zampolli set her up with a roommate, a photographer named Matthew Atanian. That’s why she wasn’t a successful model, because she couldn’t move.”Fortunately, Melania captured the attention of Donald Trump at a party, thrown by Zampolli, at the Times Square nightclub the Kit Kat Club, during Fashion Week in September 1998. Bye.” Eventually Trump brought her family over to New York (where her parents now live for most of the year), allowing her to cut ties with the Old Country.
Unlike many twentysomethings, who come to New York City with an unquenchable lust for experience, Melania, according to Atanian, had little interest in nightlife or making friends. She was looking to make money [as a model].”, recalls her asking him to help her get in the magazine. Trump had come with a date, Norwegian cosmetics heiress Celina Midelfart, but when she went off to use the bathroom, Trump approached Melania and asked for her number. For a few years, the relationship worked perfectly.
As a wife, Melania became a dutiful spokeswoman for his self-proclaimed success. Literally, he said, ‘Tell him I’m a really good husband.’ She looked at him, and he repeated himself.
She was 35—“checkout time” for women, as Trump once told Howard Stern-and no longer the dewy fox he’d met seven years earlier.A fashion fixture who’s known the Trump clan for decades shared with me his fantasy: “My dream is that Michelle Obama will convince her to leave him, and she’ll become this great feminist icon. ’ ”Alas, a Hollywood ending this exciting is unlikely.