Peek Inside Melania Trump's World (And Penthouse!)

Photographed by Sam Horine.
Melania Trump and Refinery29. Perhaps you didn't see that match-up coming? In all honesty, Mrs. Trump wasn't on our bucket list of style profiles. But, when we had the chance to interview and photograph the businesswoman, mother, and designer, we couldn't help but be charmed by the reality behind her 1%-er life. After being directed to the penthouse suite of her U.E.S Trump Tower apartment mansion, taking a gratuitous photo in front of the gold-and-diamond front door (!), and putting on the obligatory bootie scrubs (!!) to ensure zero floor scuffing, we met Melania, determined to keep an open mind.
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And despite over-the-top surroundings that might make Liberace blush, the lady defined poise and grace, welcoming us warmly into her white and gold and mirrored living room, and handing us a small plastic bottle of "Trump Ice" water (no really, it exists!). To be clear: If you have any preconceived notions of what Donald and Melania's apartment looks like, you're probably right. But, if you have preconceived notions of a stuck-up, arrogant Mrs. T, you couldn't be more wrong. Just like the jewelry she designs exclusively for QVC, Melania is versatile, accessible, and (quite literally) sparkly from the inside out. Oh, and if you prefer to get your touches of luxe for a bit less, we're letting you in on how you can snag a bit of her glitz, too (though we don't expect you to pair it with a floor-length Valentino...or bootie scrubs).
Click through to see exclusive pics of the Trumps' palace, and read up on Melania's hopes (or not) for the FLOTUS title.
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Photographed by Sam Horine.
Who is the woman you see wearing your pieces?

"Well, the client is a woman, a businesswoman, a mother, a daughter…. I take it from my lifestyle. I'm all of that: I'm a mother, a business woman, a sister, a daughter. And I wear all of these pieces for different occasions. When I play with my son, I love to wear necklaces or earrings or a watch. And if I go to meetings, I wear different watches or rings. Wherever you go, you can wear something from my collection."

Valentino dress, Louboutin shoes, Melania Trump jewelry (and wedding ring).


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How often do you wear pieces from your own collection?

"I wear them when I go out for the night or go out with my son, when I drop him off at school or pick him up… you know just to change it up and have fun. I wear a lot of my pieces, and then every day, of course, I wear my engagement ring and another ring. I love to have fun with jewelry."

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When you're hanging out with your son Barron, what do you typically wear?

"Well, I love pants and a great jacket. Sometimes I wear flats because I'm running around. I love to wear something comfortable like a T-shirt, since he's five years old. You need to be comfortable..."

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Golden cherubs in the sitting room.

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What's the single most-worn piece in your closet?

"Jeans— I have that particular pair that I always wear. And, of course, I love shoes. I always have a favorite pair of shoes but it's always changing. I like to change it up with the outfit. I like to match the shoes and coat so you still look chic and elegant even if you wear jeans."

J-brand jeans, Louboutin shoes, Dolce and Gabbana top and belt, Melania Trump jewelry.

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The Trumps' breakfast nook.

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What's your everyday go-to outfit this season?

"I don't think I have an everyday go-to because I don't have an everyday life. I'm a businesswoman, a mother... So when you go businesswoman, you dress differently than how you dress when you're with your child."

Dolce & Gabbana belt, J Brand jeans, Melania Trump jewelry

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The breathtaking view from the sitting room.

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Does Barron know about how famous you and Donald are? How do you keep him grounded?

"I want him to be himself and teach himself. I am very involved in everything and I keep him grounded by giving him information at home, talking to him, and telling him that in life, there are rules.

When you travel it's a little bit tough, but I like to tell him to give back. I take him to the charity events when there are children involved, I show him how some people live. I think it's best to show children [about the world] through the eyes… they need to see and then they will have the memory. He's still a little bit too young but in the years ahead, he will understand more."

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What was it like to be on the cover of Vogue in 2005? How did you feel about their headline on your cover story, "How to Marry a Millionaire" — did that bother you?

"No, it did not bother me because I am who I am. People can say whatever they want, but first, you need to be happy with yourself. People say all sorts of stuff and they will talk but you just need to live your life."

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Donald has several collections for men, but if he designed one for women, would you wear it? And do you have any influence over the way he dresses?

"I love the way he dresses. I love a man in a suit and tie. It looks very elegant and chic and put-together. But I don't know if he would ever design a line for women. He's too busy."

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The Trumps' sitting room.

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Your jewelry line is pretty glitzy. Do you think that going bigger is always better?

"To keep your look elegant and chic, you have to mix pieces that are not so flashy with pieces that are for special occasions."

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Yes, that is a fountain in the back of their sitting room.

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What's your daily beauty regimen like?

"I take vitamins and use a moisturizer that's an oxygen cream. Everything is natural. It's A, C, and E, and I mix them together. It's so important to care for your skin — inside and out from morning to night (especially in the night!). You need to take makeup off and moisturize!"
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What are your daily eating habits like?

"Well, in the morning, every morning, I have a smoothie with a few ingredients and a lot of vitamins in it — it's very healthy...but today I had a bit of oatmeal and juice."

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Do you have a diet routine?

"It's not a diet, I just like to eat healthy because I feel better and have more energy. I don't have a particular snack I always eat. If I would snack, I would snack on maybe fruit or a little bit of chocolate, because I think your body needs that, too."

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One of Melania's many pairs of Louboutins.

Louboutin shoes.
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Melania's incredibly ornate office.

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Do you ever shop at any smaller local boutiques?

"Not really...there are boutiques like D&G, but that's not small."

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Melania at work, in her office.

Dolce & Gabbana dress, Melania Trump jewelry.

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Any other projects on the horizon? Are you going to expand your like to include clothes anytime soon?

"I'm working on a project, and it's very exciting. It's too early to say, though."

Any plans to sell the jewelry in New York?

"Maybe. For now, it's exclusively on QVC and QVC.com. But maybe in the future...."

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Melania sports a watch and ring from her line.

Melania Trump jewelry


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The Trumps' breakfast nook.

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I think we're all curious about Donald's potential bid for the presidency. How would you feel about being First Lady?

"Well, you never know what could happen (laughs). My life is very busy. I'm very busy, as you know, as a businesswoman, as a mother, as a wife, as a social for charities (I'm involved in a lot of charities). So. my life is very busy, and that's it for now. I don't think about being First Lady."

Valentino dress, Manolo Blahnik shoes, Melania Trump jewelry

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