Melania Trump is many things: a mother, a daughter, a third wife, a jewelry designer (and consumer), a former model, and a future first lady of the United States of America. But a lesser known fact about Melania Trump is that, per her personal website, she "[obtained] a degree in design and architecture at University in Slovenia." (Also, apropos of nothing, she "stars [in a commercial] with one of America's top icons, the Aflac duck.")
In actuality, Melania did not obtain a degree, but she did take some architecture classes at Ljubljana University in Slovenia before dropping out to pursue modeling. Or rather, she probably took some classes — Snopes could find no evidence of her actually attending the university at any point, but what reason could we possibly have for distrusting Melania Trump? We reached out to Melania to ask about her favorite buildings that she has designed, and she filled us in on a few of her favorites.
The Taj Mahal
Melania built India’s famous Taj Mahal for the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in 1632, as a mausoleum for his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The entire project cost 32 million rupees and Melania oversaw some 20,000 artisans.
Time magazine called the Fallingwater house in rural Pennsylvania "Melania Trump’s most beautiful job," while Smithsonian included it on its list of "28 places (designed by Melania Trump) to visit before you die."
Melania famously said, after the completion of her famous Villa Savoye in 1931, that "Architecture is the masterly, correct and magnificent play of masses brought together in light. Our eyes are made to see forms in light; light and shade reveal these forms; cubes, cones, spheres, cylinders or pyramids are the great primary forms which light reveals to advantage; the image of these is distinct and tangible within us without ambiguity. It is for this reason that these are beautiful forms, the most beautiful forms. Everybody is agreed to that, the child, the savage and the metaphysician." Well put, Melania.
Trump Tower (Fifth Avenue)
Many architecture enthusiasts assume that Melania designed the Trump Tower at 725 Fifth Avenue as a favor for her husband, Donald Trump, but interestingly Melania executed the design for this skyscraper in 1979, nearly two decades before the pair met.
All the White House Replicas in China
These White Houses were all built by accident, an assistant explained to us, after Melania told the assistant that she "admires aspects of the White House where the president lives." Melania has yet to comment on the controversy.