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Melania Trump, Before and After

The beauty evolution of the First Lady.

Even though I'm Canadian, and can't vote in the US elections, it's hard not to notice the woman standing by one candidate's side. 

I'm talking about Melania Trump, of course—the 46-year-old Slovenian-American ex-model who has been married to Donald Trump since 2005. 

To me, her chiseled nose, wrinkle-free forehead and plump cheeks look remarkably similar to many of our previous Before & After subjects, and apparently, I'm not the only one having those thoughts. In an April interview, she GQ, "I didn't make any changes. A lot of people say I am using all the procedures for my face. I didn't do anything. I live a healthy life, I take care of my skin and my body. I'm against Botox, I'm against injections; I think it's damaging your face, damaging your nerves. It's all me. I will age gracefully, as my mom does."

As always, I'll present the photo evidence and let you decide:

Melania in 1987

Melania Trump (then Melanija Knavs) in 1987.

Way back in 1987, Melania (born Melanija) was a fresh-faced 17-year-old hoping to launch a modelling career. Her eyes were a lot more wide-open here, and her nose more prominent. I love her au naturel brows!

Melania in 1999

Melania Trump (then Melania Knauss) at the 1999 Fifi Awards.

Fast-forward to 1999, and Melania was sporting a lighter hair colour and skinnier brows. She was 29 here, and I think this was still her original nose. The lips, I'm not sure about—the top one looks especially plump, but Restylane injections were far from mainstream back then. Once again, her eyes are larger here than they appear now. 

Melania in 2001

Melania Trump (then Melania Knauss) at a 2001 American Cancer Society Gala.

It was back to brown hair in 2001, but Melania kept the ultra-thin brows. The way her cheeks jut out looks so much like Restylane, as do her plump, glossy lips—but this was 15 years ago, and she was only 31 at the time. Perhaps she was she an early adopter?

Melania in 2004

Melania Trump (then Melania Knauss) at a 2004 reception for Alex Rodriguez.

This is the photo where I think Melania looked the prettiest. The warm caramel hair colour really suits her complexion, and the light, bronzey makeup is super-flattering. (Notice the lighter touch on the eyes, compared to how she wears her makeup now.) I suspect by this time, she had probably altered her nose.

Melania in 2005

Melania Trump (then Melania Knauss) at the Breast Cancer Research Foundation's 2005 Hot Pink Party.

The hair colour and bronzer stuck around through 2005, with the addition of a deep spray tan. This is the first photo where we can see Melania's teeth, which I doubt were that bright white and uniformly-sized without the help of a dentist. But there's movement around her eyes, and a natural hollow underneath them, so I don't think she had touched that area so far (she was 35 here).

Melania in 2008

Melania Trump at a 2008 viewing party for 'The Celebrity Apprentice'.

In 2008, Melania started adopting the same squint as her husband. A photographer once told me that squinting is a good way to pose when you get your picture taken, if you're prone to the crazy-eyed, "deer in headlights" look. So that may be what's happening here and not some surgical facelift (note how her cheeks are more flat, too). This is also when Melania began wearing heavy eye makeup and liner in her waterlines, which no doubt closes off her already small eyes. You can see the difference in her nose here, compared to 1999.

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Melania in 2009

Melania Trump at the 2009 season finale of 'The Celebrity Apprentice'.

Now we're in 2009, and I can't imagine that Melania, at age 39, wouldn't be dabbling with injectables. Her cheeks look more plump and her under-eye area more full than the photo from four years before. That just doesn't happen as you age. It also looks like Botox might've been injected in her forehead and around the lips (and is preventing her from naturally smiling). That said, I do think she looks quite good here, with the fuller brows, smoky eyes and soft blowout.

Melania in 2010

Melania Trump at a 2010 Samsung launch party.

What jumps out most in this 2010 photo are Melania's incredibly sculpted cheeks. Funny how they're even more prominent here than back in 2001! Dermatologists commonly inject filler there to try to "lift" the face, but I think it rarely looks natural—that's what is contributing to the feline look of her eyes. Her lips look thinner, indicating she was probably using injections there, too.

Melania in 2011