Billboards featuring the First Lady have been removed from the Croatian capital after Melania threatened a lawsuit.
Born in Novo Mesto, Slovenia, Melania Trump is the first naturalized American citizen to become the First Lady of the United States. Melania moved to New York City to pursue a modeling career in 1996 and became a permanent resident of the US in 2001, obtaining citizenship in 2006.
The First Lady met President Donald Trump back in 1998 at New York Fashion Week, soon after beginning a relationship. While the two were dating, Trump moved Melania’s Family to New York, where they still currently reside.
Shortly after becoming engaged in 2004, the Trumps were married in 2005. Almost ironically, the Clinton’s were in attendance at the wedding. In 2006, Mrs. Trump gave birth to Barron William Trump.
The immigrant First Lady speaks six languages- English, French, Italian, German, Serbo-Croatian, and her native Slovene. Her thick accent over her English became a focal point for many, perhaps a reason Trump played a relatively small role in her husband’s presidential campaign.
In July of 2016, Melania gave a speech at the Republican National Convention, containing a paragraph that was nearly identical to part of Michelle Obama’s speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. Trump claimed she wrote the speech herself but two days later the Trump staff writer took responsibility and apologized for any confusion.
This past February, Trump sued the owner of The Daily Mail over a false allegation that claimed Melania had been an escort during her modeling career. The First Lady sought $150 million in damages but an amount of $2.9 million was agreed upon.
What’s Happening Now:
Billboards advertising a private English language school in Zagreb, Croatia have been taken down after the muse of the advertisements, Melania Trump, threatened a lawsuit. The billboards featured an image of Melania standing in front of an American flag, the slogan reading, “just imagine how far you could go with a little bit of English.”
The first lady did not take what was supposed to be a joke about her heavily accented English lightly. Her Slovenian lawyer demanded that the billboards featuring Melania Trump be taken down immediately.
The school responded to the lawyer’s demands well, agreeing to remove the billboards without a struggle.
“I’m satisfied with the fact that the school admitted that they violated the law and that they are ready to remove the billboards and (Facebook) ads,” said lawyer Natasa Pirc-Musar. “We are still analyzing possible further legal steps.”
Melania Trump hired the firm to protect her image, which has been unlawfully plastered on anything from cakes to underwear.
Pirc-Musar announced that the school has apologized for the billboards and advertisements, but that their statement also needs to be published by the Croatian and Slovenian state news agencies.
A spokeswoman from the private school tried to explain that the advertisements were not meant to be a jab at Melania’s English, but rather a compliment.
“We are very sorry that the billboards were misunderstood as something intended to mock the U.S. first lady,” Ivis Buric, the spokeswoman for the American Institute, said. “It was meant to be something positive, to show her as a role model.”
H/T: The Washington Post