Melania Trump's Slovenia for Focus Magazine / by Tadej Znidarcic

I worked on a story about Melania Trump's past in Slovenia. Now that Donald Trump is the leading contender for Republican candidate for the President of USA. lots of media are interested in his family, particularly in his wife Melania. She spend her childhood and teenage years in Slovenia. What kind of first lady would she be, and would her past inform her attitude. The fact that she grew up in what was then still a socialist Yugoslavia is intriguing. With a writer Gudrun Dometeit I visited Melania's childhood friends, set up meetings with Slovene journalists, tracked down one of her boyfriends, located apartment buildings where she used to live in Sevnica, and pored over old photographs of Melania. It was definitely a bit different assignment and I'm glad I got to see part of Slovenia I hadn't been to yet!

Melania Trump's childhood friend Diana Kosar at her home in Gornji Lenart, Slovenia.

Melania Trump's childhood friend Diana Kosar at her home in Gornji Lenart, Slovenia.

Tearsheet from Focus Magazine.

Tearsheet from Focus Magazine.