These days, Melania Trump is all glitz and glamour — famous blouses with dubious names, and all — in her high-profile role as First Lady, during which she famously lived for months in her gilded penthouse at Trump Tower rather than at the White House with her husband — until finally joining him there in May.
But her life wasn’t always that way.
The now-public figure hails from the small, industrial hamlet of Sevnica, which has a population of just 5,000 and is located centrally in Slovenia. It’s a verdant valley location, surrounded by hills covered in pine forest.
And now, according to an NPR report, you can take tours of the place where Melania grew up. Such stops on the tour include the now-closed factory where Melania’s mother designed children's clothes.
The five-hour walking tour, which costs the decidedly non-Trump-level price of about $90 for a couple, also makes stops at the first lady’s elementary school, parents’ home, and her first apartment.
"You see houses there?" tour guide Lidija Ogorevc said to NPR during a walkthrough. "OK, that's the Beverly Hills of Sevnica. I say it like that because most people who have money can afford to build a house there."
However, the Beverly Hills of Sevnica isn’t exactly the same as the Beverly Hills of — well, Beverly Hills — or of New York City, such as the posh location of the digs Melania now calls home.
The tour operator says Melania's new position is good for drawing business to the town, from far corners of the world. But other reports indicate a darker picture: The Guardian reports the mayor is "embarrassed" and Melania is a "forgotten memory" there.
Mayor — and former Melania schoolmate — Srečko Ocvirk told The Guardian last year, “I have to be honest, I cannot place her."
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