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    Melania Trump's fashion evolution: From model to first lady

    Look back at Melania Trump's best style and fashion moments, from her early modeling days in Slovenia to her inauguration day outfit.

  • Melania Knavs (Trump) poses for a picture in Ljubljana in the March 1987 picture

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    Melanija Knavs, who later changed her name to Melania Knauss, was born in Slovenia, Yugoslavia. At 18, she signed with a modeling agency in Milan. Here, the future Mrs. Trump poses for a photo shoot wearing a high ponytail in March 1987. 

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    Melania Knauss was 16 years old when she was discovered by a Slovenian photographer. She posed for one of her first photo shoots in 1987 and began her career as a model. 

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    After moving to New York City in 1996, the model met her future husband, Donald Trump, at a fashion week party two years later. In 1999, the couple posed at The Vh1 Divas Live Concert.

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    The couple attended an event for Sports Illustrated in 1999. The model wore a white, figure-hugging gown for the occasion. 

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    Melania Knauss walked the red carpet at an awards ceremony in New York. She posed in a sexy sequin gown at the event. 

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    Knauss is photographed in leather pants and a sparkly top for Redbook magazine's holiday issue.

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    Melania Knauss sported a blue sequin gown with a wavy print and a thigh-high slit at 'VH-1 Divas: A Tribute To Diana Ross" event in New York.

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    The future president and first lady attended The White House Correspondents' Association Dinner in 2001. Knauss wore a beaded strapless dress for the occasion. 

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    The model arrived to an event in New York City sporting tan, boot-cut pants and a fur-trimmed jacket. 

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    The couple arrived to the grand opening of Britney Spears' new restaurant, Nyla, in 2002. Knauss wore white pants and a pink-and-red printed halter top. 

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    Knauss arrived at the Luca Luca fashion show in 2002 wearing an asymmetrical top and matching embellished pants. 

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    Melania Knauss wore a black corseted gown with a feathered skirt to the Angel Ball charity event in 2003. 

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    Melania Knauss attended an event at the Cartier Mansion to celebrate the launch of their latest collection. The model wore simple black pants with a matching silk halter top. 

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    The couple attended the Vanity Fair Oscar party in 2004. Knauss wore a white silk gown with lace-paneled cutouts for the star-studded affair. 

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    Melania Knauss attended New York Fashion Week 2004 in a bright pink baby doll top and flared jeans. 

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    Knauss attended the 2004 Met Gala in a daring black gown complete with intricate cutouts at the bodice. The look was in keeping with the event's "Dangerous Liaisons" theme. 

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    In January 2005, Knauss married Donald Trump at The Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida. She wore a sleeveless, $100,000 Christian Dior gown made with 300 feet of duchesses satin and a 16-foot veil.

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    The new Mrs. Trump attended the 2005 Vanity Fair Oscar party in a shimmering champagne gown with white feathers at the hem. 

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    Trump attended the Met Gala in 2005 wearing a black satin Alexander McQueen gown with white tulle peaking out at the edge of the skirt. 

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    Stepping out for an event in New York City, Trump wore a black chiffon dress accompanied by a black-and-white striped fur coat. 

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    The couple attended the Met Gala in 2006 where Melania wore a simple white silk gown. She paired the empire-waist dress with a dazzling diamond necklace. 

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    Melania and Donald Trump welcomed their son, Barron, in March 2006. One year later, Trump and her son attended the Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center's 16th Annual Bunny Hop in New York City. They wore matching camel outfits, with hers featuring fur trim at the cuffs and collar. 

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    Trump attended the Michael Kors fashion show in February 2007. Her piercing blue eyes peeked out below a black fur hat. 

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    Melania Trump attended the "Sex And The City" premiere in 2008 and wore a tent dress with a black statement necklace and zebra-print heels. 

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    The Trumps attended an event benefiting UNICEF at the United Nations headquarters in 2008. Melania wore a scarlet halter dress with ruffles at the bodice. 

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    Melania Trump arrived at the 2008 Met Gala in a hot pink gown to match the event's "Superheroes" theme. 

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    Trump arrived to a screening of "The September Issue" at the Museum of Modern Art in 2009. She wore a pale pink frock with a large black belt and peep-toe pumps. 

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    Trump attended the New York premiere of the film "Nine" in a black sequined minidress. She paired the sultry look with a smoky eye and pointed pumps. 

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    The model attended the New York premiere of "Sex and the City 2" in an emerald green ruched mini-dress. She paired the look with nude peep-toe pumps and gold bangles. 

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    Mrs. Trump looks on during the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open in 2010 while wearing classic aviator sunglasses and a slouchy sweater. 

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    For the Met Gala in May 2010, Trump wore a navy satin ballgown with pickups gathered throughout the skirt. 

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    Melania Trump posed for photographers at the 2011 Academy Awards in a black column gown encrusted with shimmering embellishments. The model paired the look with statement earrings and a silver cuff bracelet. 

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    Trump attended the 2011 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner in a Grecian-inspired white gown. The halter dress featured an intricately belted bodice.

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    Melania Trump attended the Met Gala in 2012 wearing a Marc Bouwer Couture cocktail dress that featured all-over sequins and bold shoulder pads.  

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    The future first lady attended a benefit in November 2014 wearing a black jumpsuit that featured sheer lace panel details throughout the bodice and sleeve. 

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    As her husband began his presidential campaign, Melania Trump attended the CNBC Republican Presidential Debate in October 2015. She wore a pastel pink coat over her shoulders, paired with white trousers, a white belt and a pale pink Chanel bag. 

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    Melania Trump attended the Time 100 Gala in April 2016 wearing a white column gown by Mugler. The stunning sheath featured cutouts at the bust and a thigh-high slit. 

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    Melania Trump joins her husband during the Iowa caucuses in February 2016. Mrs. Trump coordinated with her husband wearing a red shift dress and a red coat resting on her shoulders. 

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    Trump joined her husband onstage during a primary election campaign stop in New Hampshire wearing a belted camel suit.

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    Trump stepped out to deliver a speech on the first day of the Republican National Convention in July 2016 wearing a white Roksanda Ilincic dress with bell sleeves. The dress sold out the next day. 

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    As her husband accepted the Republican nomination for president, Trump walked hand-in-hand with the nominee, wearing a cream-colored dress with delicate floral appliques at the shoulder. 

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    Former President Bill Clinton and Melania Trump greet each other before their respective spouses engage in the presidential town hall debate at Washington University. Trump wore a bright fuchsia, pussy-bow blouse by Gucci and matching pants for a bold, monochromatic ensemble. 

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    Trump spoke at an campaign event in November 2016. She wore a blush Emilia Wickstead blouse and a white, high-waisted pencil skirt for the event. 

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    Melania Trump waves to the crowd at a campaign rally in North Carolina wearing a fitted navy dress paired with a navy belt and navy pumps. 

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    Melania Trump joined her son and husband in a white, one-shoulder jumpsuit by Ralph Lauren to celebrate Donald Trump's presidential election victory in November 2016. 

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    President-elect Donald Trump and his wife stepped out for a New Year's Eve party in Palm Beach, Florida. The future first lady wore a black Dolce & Gabbana dress featuring small bows at the shoulders. 

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    Melania Trump and her husband attended a pre-inauguration ball in January 2017. The soon-to-be first lady wore a long-sleeved, champagne-colored gown by Reem Acra for the event. 

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    The Trumps wave to the crowd at a pre-inauguration concert at the Lincoln Memorial. Mrs. Trump wore a black, military-inspired coat by New York-based designer Norisol Ferrari. 

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    Newly-minted President Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk along the parade route on Inauguration Day. The first lady wore a powder-blue cashmere dress with a matching jacket and gloves by designer Ralph Lauren. The choice drew comparisons to Jacqueline Kennedy, who also wore pale blue for her husband's inauguration. 

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    President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump take the stage at the Inaugural Ball in January 2017. Melania Trump wore a sleek, off-the-shoulder gown with a cascading ruffle and thigh-high slit. The design, which was a collaboration between Mrs. Trump and designer Herve Pierre, a former creative director for Carolina Herrera, featured a small, knotted belt at the waist.

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    Take a look back at 150 years of first lady gowns at inaugurations here. 

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