Melania Trump Modeling Career Highlights

But her fashion career wasn’t a foregone conclusion. Stane Jerko, an acclaimed photographer, discovered a 17-year-old Melania hanging out at a cultural center in Ljubljana, Slovenia, during a modeling contest. It was 1987, and he asked the teen if he could take some pictures of her.

“Melania was a very quiet, thin girl who appeared not to have too much aspiration for being a model,” Jerko, now 77, tells The Post. “She struck me more like a bookworm. I never expected that she would become a world-famous beauty.”