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Melania Trump is more like past first ladies than you'd thinkby Kay Angrum
People

WATCH |  Melania Trump is days away from becoming the 45th First Lady of the United States.

We called in historian Andrew Och, aka First Ladies Man, to understand how a former Playboy model stacks up against past first ladies.

From the catwalk to the White House

Melania Trump, wife of President-elect Donald Trump, worked as a professional model before she met her future hubby.

Melania told the magazine Parenting that she was 5 years old when she did her first catwalk.  Commercials came by age 16. Melania told the magazine, "My mom loved fashion. We loved to travel and go to Italy and Paris.”

Yet, she won't be the first lady to be a model.

Betty Ford had a modeling career long before her stay at the White House. She modeled for various department stores and agencies. 

Och said Melania is worldly, sophisticated and can handle the limelight as FLOTUS.

"She has been on the cover of every magazine around the world. She will be on the cover again." 

And she's got another thing going for her. 

But it's this racy GQ photoshoot from 2000 that had everyone talking this past election.

Foreign-born First Lady

Melania is about to become the second First Lady in American history to be born outside of the United States. The only other was Louisa Adams, the sixth president John Adams's wife, who was born and raised in London.

The only difference is that Melania will be the only foreign-born First Lady where English is not her first language.

In fact, according to a post by the International Business Times, the next first lady speaks five languages:
  • Slovenian
  • English
  • French
  • Serbian
  • German

In  September, Melania released a letter from her immigration attorney to shut down rumors that she may not have entered the United States legally.

Here's the tweet where she addressed the rumors with her attorney's statement.

What if Melania takes a back seat to her step-daughter?

Early reports suggested Ivanka Trump was going to take a job in the White House while Melania stayed in New York with her son Barron.

New reports say that's not true, but if Ivanka did take on FLOTUS duties, it wouldn't be a first.

Harriet Lane, James Buchanan's niece, served as First Lady during his entire presidency. Although Trump isn't the "bachelor president" Buchanan was during his term, there's a chance he could seek counsel from his daughter.

Melania Trump is set to assume the role of First Lady on January 20, 2017.