According to the RNC convention program and Melania Trump’s personal biography, Donald Trump’s wife holds a degree in design and architecture from a University in Slovenia. She claims that even though she began modeling at the age of 16, she earned her degree before taking on her career in fashion full-time. Unfortunately, like everything else the Trump campaign has said, this turns out to be bullsh*t.
In reality, Melania never actually got a degree. She went to a university and majored in architecture, that much is true. But she only made it through her freshman year before dropping out and gallivanting off to Milan to pursue her modeling career. Sans degree.
According to Bojan Pozar and Igor Omerza, the Slovenian journalists who authored Melania’s biography, she left the University of Ljubljana’s architecture school after just one year. Here are two paragraphs regarding her collegiate years from the book Melania Trump ― The Inside Story.
In her freshman year, the 19-year old Melanija Knavs attended lectures on the following subjects: elements of architecture, fine arts, fundamentals of technical mechanics, architectural construction, descriptive geometry, mathematics, and an ideological (read “communist”) elective credit called “General Partisan Resistance and Social Self-protection”. Melanija would have made it to her sophomore year, even having failed 2 exams, but she was supposed to have gotten and held a 1-month internship and kept a journal about it.
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Later, in America, after meeting Donald Trump and officially becoming his partner, Melania Knauss told the media that she got her degree in architecture and design. This was almost certainly done in consultation with Trump and his advisors, as they were desperate to give off the impression that the Slovenian model was not just beautiful, but also smart and well-educated.
Melania’s resume came into question following her speech on the opening night of the Republican National Convention that was very obviously plagiarized from Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech at the Democratic National Convention.
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