Melania Trump’s best on-screen appearances, from a Hollywood film cameo in Zoolander to being sworn in as president in a TV commercial long before she met Donald
Melania the film star
In the 2001 comedy film Zoolander, Melania makes a cameo alongside her husband, Donald Trump, who tells reporters: “Without Derek Zoolander, male modelling wouldn’t be what it is today.”
The cameo came about because the couple were at the now defunct VH1 fashion awards. “We pulled them aside and asked them to talk about Derek Zoolander, and so Trump and Melania did that,” filmmaker Ben Stiller – who also plays the title character – told The New Abnormal podcast.
And Melania was in good company, as the likes of David Bowie and Lenny Kravitz also had cameos in the motion picture.
Melania the reality TV star
When Melania launched a caviar-based skin care line in 2013, she turned to her husband’s reality show The Celebrity Apprentice to help increase exposure for it. The Caviar Complexe C6 collaboration she created with New Sunshine earned her US$1 million upfront plus other perks, but the company still had to pay US$100,000 to be featured on the show.
The episode, featuring Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Rinna and actor Stephen Baldwin, showed basketball star Dennis Rodman and actor Gary Busey enthusing about Melania’s good looks. At one point Busey said: “Her beauty lives 5,000 miles past heaven.”
Unfortunately, the cosmetics line was soon cancelled due to poor sales and the company and Melania even ended up suing each other.
Melania the high-profile interviewee
The Trumps had so much respect for Oprah back then that in a 1999 interview the couple did with Larry King, Donald said he would want the media mogul to be his running mate if he ran for president.
Melania the beauty pageant judge
Ivanka Trump co-hosted the Miss Teen USA pageant owned by her dad, so it’s no surprise that Melania got to serve as a judge for the televised Miss USA competition in 2010. However, Donald was forced to sell the Miss Universe company in 2015 due to remarks he made about Mexicans, which caused advertisers to flee.
Melania the commercial queen
Between 2005 to 2006, she appeared in an Aflac commercial in which a crazy scientist switched her brain with that of the brand’s duck mascot.
- She once appeared alongside Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Rinna on hubby Donald’s reality TV show, The Celebrity Apprentice
- Ben Stiller defended her cameo in Zoolander, she gave Oprah Winfrey a home tour after Barron’s birth, and she also judged the Miss USA beauty pageant in 2010