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From the archives: Inside Donald Trump’s lavish 86m superyacht Trump Princess

BOAT dives into the archives to tell the full story of how Donald Trump bought the 85.9-metre (282 foot) Benetti superyacht Nabila (now Kingdom 5KR ) for close to $30 million and transformed her into Trump Princess ...

“A certain level of quality.” That is the phrase that Donald Trump returns to again and again to explain just why he bought Adnan Khashoggi’s 86 metre yacht Nabila . And an explanation is needed.

After all, Trump doesn’t water-ski or go in for swimming in a big way, and he’s always tried to avoid the sun. As a matter of fact, he has never owned a big boat before. He doesn’t even particularly like boats. “I’m not into them,” he says with a shrug, “I’ve been on friends’ boats before and couldn’t get off fast enough.”

So why spend close to $30 million on a yacht? Trump will admit that she is an “incredible toy”, even “the ultimate toy”. But words like that make the whole venture seem frivolous, so he prefers to refer to the boat which he has re-named Trump Princess , as “a work of art.” And what makes her a work of art is, of course, the “level of quality”.

To really appreciate the level of quality, Trump says you have to see the interior. That is where Khashoggi lavished money with utter abandon. Trump points out, for example, the walls of the cabins covered in chamois leather and bird’s eye maple.

Bathrooms are done not in marble but in onyx – and not just any onyx either, but onyx hand-carved by the finest craftsmen in Italy. Donald Trump bought Trump Princess , he says, “because I was buying a great piece of art at a ridiculously low price”.

Unlike Trump, Adnan Khashoggi has always had a thing about boats. The arms dealer, who took advantage of connections with the Saudi royal family to amass a fortune worth around $3 billion at its peak, acquired his first yacht when he was 18 and traded up as his wealth increased.

In the 1970s Khashoggi owned two yachts and while these were impressive, neither made quite the naked assertion of fantastic wealth he required, so he commissioned the British designer Jon Bannenberg to design the most sumptuous, the most incredible yacht the world has seen.

“He wanted the best yacht in the world,” says Bannenberg, “and we achieved that at the time.” The vessel Bannenberg created cost $35 million to build, but Khashoggi also commissioned Italian designer Luigi Sturchio to produce the interior and that is believed to have cost more than the yacht itself.

“No-one really knows what she originally cost,” says Jonathan Beckett , CEO of Burgess , the broker that arranged the sale to Trump. Named Nabila , after Khashoggi’s only daughter, the vessel was launched in 1980. Insisting that she be totally self-contained, Khashoggi had included in the specification everything from a patisserie and three-chair hair salon to a screening room with an 800-film library and a hospital with an operating theatre.

There is accommodation for a crew of 52 people. To get to and from shore, there is a helicopter landing pad and a pair of nine metre tenders. Fuel tanks holding 618,256 litres of diesel give a maximum range of 8,500 nautical miles at the cruising speed of 17.5 knots. Three water-makers produce 45,000 litres of fresh water a day from the ocean and six mammoth refrigerators carry a three-month supply of food for 100 people.

Many of Khashoggi’s most lavish parties took place aboard Nabila , but the yacht was also an invaluable business instrument. Not only movie stars but also political leaders and diplomats were invited aboard. On one occasion five heads of state – including three kings – were entertained simultaneously.

Often, Nabila ’s guests were Arab princes as well as European and American businessmen of all descriptions. Ensconced in the various suites, they used the 150 telephones and the satellite communications system to arrange arms sales and commodities trades. When contracts were ready to be signed, the yacht could quickly slip into international waters, where sovereign restrictions on business transactions do not apply. On many occasions, several deals were conducted simultaneously, in different suites.

A tour of the entire yacht, which has five decks and some 100 separate areas, would take too long, but a description just of the owner’s suite  should be sufficient to give an idea of the exquisite luxury on board Trump Princess .

The bedroom occupies the full beam of the hull. It has a tortoiseshell ceiling, a three-metre-wide bed, and bedside remote controls for the entertainment centre, for room service, even for the curtains. It also has a secret exit.

From the bedroom, we head down a corridor past a mirrored dressing room and into Trump's bathroom, where the onyx floor tiles are carved in a sunburst pattern. To one side is a room with the owner’s barber chair. Next to that is the shower and sauna. The shower has 13 nozzles and is carved in the shape of a scallop shell from a single piece of onyx — a task that took a team of workers a year to complete.

From the bathroom we proceed into Trump’s television area, then into his large sitting area, panelled in the inevitable chamois leather. From there we take the owner’s private elevator (there is another one for guests and a third for crew) to his private sundeck .

An enclosed section houses the bar, pantry, video games, and another sauna and shower. Outside, behind bullet-proof glass, sits a circular swimming pool that measures 2.4 metres in diameter.

That may seem a bit small, but there is a water jet so you can swim all day against the current and never reach the other side. A hydraulic lift raises the sunbed high above anyone else on the boat, enabling the sunbather to bask in total privacy.

When Khashoggi’s empire began to crumble during the mid-1980s, he procured a loan for $50 million, putting up Nabila as collateral. When Khashoggi defaulted on his loan in 1987, a Swiss holding company took possession of the yacht. She was therefore placed in the hands of Burgess with instructions to dispose of the yacht quickly at an asking price of $50million.

In September 1987, almost as soon as he learned that Nabila was for sale, Donald Trump made a cash bid for the yacht. Burgess had already received two other offers, one of which was equal to that made by Trump, but subject to several conditions. Jonathan Beckett flew to New York and countered Trump’s offer with a proposal of $32million. Trump responded with $28million, and half an hour later he had agreed to pay $30million — for a yacht he had never boarded.

As soon as the news was broken, Beckett was suddenly deluged with higher offers from potential buyers who had been sitting on the fence. Meanwhile, Trump was arranging to pay less. He was contacted on behalf of Khashoggi, who was said to be upset that his daughter’s name would now be on a yacht belonging to someone else. Negotiations ensued and Trump agreed to rename the boat Trump Princess if the cost were reduced by about $1million. “He got an unbelievable deal, in retrospect,” says Beckett.

Trump then spent $8.5 million having the yacht refitted in the Netherlands by Amels who repainted the hull, rebuilt the main engines and replaced 320 metres of chamois leather. One of the more garish cabins became the children’s room and the hair salon a cloakroom.

Renamed Trump Princess , the yacht, which Trump says will cost about $2.5 million a year to operate, set sail from the Azores in June 1988 and arrived in New York on July 4 in time for the huge party the Trumps threw on it that night.

In addition to private cruising with his family, Trump, like Khashoggi, uses Trump Princess as a business instrument — though in a somewhat different fashion. Trump Princess spends the summer months cruising the East Coast from her base in Atlantic City, where she docks at the marina in full view of Trump’s Castle Hotel. Trump makes the boat available for selected charities and “very high rollers who spend millions of dollars a year in the casinos”.

“There is a whole market there,” Trump explains. “While I was building Farley Marina, I was trying to get the boat, because I knew that she would blow everybody’s mind. She would become a spectacle.”

But that is what Trump Princess has been all along — a spectacular statement of astronomic wealth, a massive piece of equipment designed to arouse envy in those who behold it. Khashoggi had stipulated that the boat be huge enough to intimidate even the owners of the big yachts — and it does.

A few years ago, a friend of Trump’s was at the helm of his own very large yacht in the Mediterranean — and feeling quite proud — when Nabila roared by, practically swamping him. “He said it gave him a total inferiority complex,” Trump says. And that, no doubt, is another reason Trump bought her.

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When Donald J. Trump bought a 282-foot superyacht from Saudi billionaire Adnan Khashoggi in the late 1980s, it was among the largest in the world. Outfitted in marble and gold (and a master bedroom ceiling made of endangered tortoise shell), and equipped with such amenities as a helipad, a disco, and a movie theater, the Trump Princess seemed the perfect vessel for a man with a penchant for glitz. In fact, one of Trump’s first requests was to change the H on the helipad to a T.

The Trump Princess, which includes 11 cabins for 22 guests and 31 crew members, wasn’t in the real-estate tycoon’s possession for very long. By 1991, Trump was forced to sell his beloved boat. The buyer was Saudi Prince Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, who renamed the vessel the Kingdom 5KR, after his lucky number and his two children's first initials.

The yacht, which can hit a top speed of 20 knots and a cruising speed of 17.5 knots, was built in Benetti Shipyards in Viareggio, Italy, and designed by renowned craftsman Jon Bannenberg. It was once featured in the James Bond movie Never Say Never Again (1983), starring Sean Connery.

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In 1988, the successful businessman Donald Trump bought the 86m Benetti build superyacht Nabila . He renamed her Trump Princess and used it until 1991.

For a superyacht built in 1980, Nabila was an impressive vessel. She was built for Saudi billionaire Adnan Khashoggi that paid $100 million for it and named after his daughter. Khashoggi is known for his involvement in arms dealing. His net worth was around $4 billion in the early 1980's.

When Khashoggi ran into financial trouble in the mid-1980's he took a loan of $50 million and put Nabila as collateral. He defaulted on the loan in 1987 and a Swiss holding company took possession of the yacht. It was placed with yacht specialist Burgess for a quick sale at an asking price of $50 million.

Learning that Nabila is for sale, Trump made a bid. Burgess had already two other offers, but Trump's bid was more appealing. A Burgess agent flew to New York and made Trump a proposal for $32 million. The sale was settled at $30 million. A bargain, for a yacht he never set foot on.

Trump refitted the vessel and named it Trump Princess .

Why did Trump buy the yacht? He does not like water sports, he's not keen on swimming and always tried to avoid the sun. He never owned a big boat before. He doesn't even like boats.

He was charmed by a "certain level of quality" and admitted that it's an incredible toy and a work of art. "I was buying a great piece of art at a ridiculously low price."

Unlike Trump, Khashoggi loved boats. He acquired his first yacht when his was 18 and traded up as his wealth increased.

In the 70's he owned two yachts but wanted something out of this world. So, he commissioned British designer Jon Bannenberg to draw the most impressive and sumptuous yacht.

Khashoggi didn't stop here he employed Italian designer Luigi Sturchio to produce an interior that is believed to have cost more than the yacht itself.

Also, he wanted the ship to be completely self-contained and included everything in the specifications: from a patisserie and a hair salon to a cinema room with an 800-film library and a hospital with an operating room.

Nabila had crew quarters for a staff of 52 people. It had a helicopter landing pad and two nine meter tenders. The fuel tanks were big enough for 8,500 nautical miles when cruising at 17.5 knots. It had three water-makers capable to produce 45.000 liters of fresh water from the ocean. Also, it had six huge refrigerators that could store a three-month supply of food for 100 people.

For Khashoggi and later for Trump, this vessel was an invaluable business instrument. Movie stars, political leaders and diplomats were invited on board. It is believed the yacht had 150 telephones and satellite communications in order for business sales to be arranged.

The yacht has five decks and more than 100 separate areas. The owner's suite is a full-beam area with a three meter wide bed. It has a dressing room and an impressive bathroom with onyx tiles. Next to the bedroom, there is a television room, a large sitting area and a private elevator that takes the owner to his private sundeck. The yacht has another two elevators on board, one for guests, one for crew.

Trump spent another $8.5 million for refitting the yacht at Amels in the Netherlands. Renamed Trump Princess , she set sail from the Azores to arrive in New York on July 4, 1988, in time for a huge party Trump threw on the yacht.

Like the previous owner, Trump used the yacht mostly for business. But not for long. In 1991, Trump sold the ship to Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal for $20 million. The Prince renamed the yacht Kingdom 5KR , the name under she still sails today.

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A history of Donald Trump’s luxury yachts

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It’s no secret that Trump enjoys splashing his cash. Whether he’s gold-plating his New York Penthouse or spending millions of dollars on his Presidential campaign, this is a man who knows how to spend money. We take a look at the yachts that Trump’s either commissioned or owned, where money has never been an object.

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In 1980, Benetti built a yacht for Saudi businessman and billionaire, Adnan Khashoggi, for $100 million. Originally, this beauty was named after Khashoggi’s daughter, Nabila, and was at the time ranked as one of the largest and most impressive yachts in the world. Of course, times have changed and there are now bigger and better pieces of machinery that will blow everything else out of the water. While it was owned by Khashoggi, it appeared in the Bond movie, Never Say Never Again.

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Khashoggi ran into financial problems in the late 1980s when he sold the yacht to the Sultan of Brunei, who in turn swiftly sold it to Donald Trump for $29 million in 1988. After a huge refit, Trump renamed it Trump Princess. As you’d imagine, Trump’s refit wasn’t just adding a couple of deckchairs here and there: the yacht got the full works. A pool on the sun deck, a sauna, a cinema, an elevator, a disco and even a private hospital are just a couple of the amenities that Trump kitted it out with.

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The H on the helipad was also replaced by a T to stand for Trump, naturally

Holland-based re-fitters Amels completed the job for near $10 million according, to the  LA Times . The H on the helipad was also replaced by a T to stand for Trump, naturally.

In 1989, after the refit was completed, Trump announced to the world on Newsday that he would be building Trump Princess II, and it would be much bigger than Trump Princess – “something in excess of 400 feet long, closer to 500 feet”. In the same breath he said that he would be accepting bids from yacht builders for this project, but it was Amels, the company that completed the refit of Trump Princess, that secured the deal to build and develop the 128-metre Trump Princess II.

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One of the designs for Trump Princess II, originally created by Oliver Design

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Trump’s commissioning letter to Oliver Design

A year later, in May 1990, it was announced that Trump had actually gone ahead and bought Amels as an entire company. However, the VP of Trump’s investment empire later denied that the shipyard had been sold, due to Trump’s own financial difficulties – the culprit that eventually meant that he had to cancel the construction of Trump Princess II altogether. Two months after the acquisition, that Trump had, in fact, made, he sold Amels to American businessman Peter Kutell. That month, the Trump Princess was put up for sale and work on the Trump Princess II stopped. The next year, in 1991, Trump Princess was sold to Prince Al-Waleed for $19 million who renamed the yacht to ‘Kingdom 5KR’.

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Melania’s Trials

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By Maureen Dowd

Opinion Columnist, reporting from Washington.

Outside my office, there is a picture of the Slovenian Sphinx visiting the Egyptian Sphinx, taken during a 2018 photo shoot in Giza, nine months after Melania Trump was blindsided by the steamy news about her husband and Stormy Daniels.

The pairing evokes the riddle of Melania: How much can she put up with from a husband who betrayed and humiliated her in the basest possible ways?

As Donald Trump’s hush-money trial begins, we’ll be reminded of what a heel he is. And like Hillary before her, Melania will have to hold her head high as she stands by her Lothario. Melania will also put political and personal prospects above mere resentment. (She doesn’t want Donald broke and in jail.)

As her White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham wrote in her memoir, Melania wanted no Hillary comparisons. When the Other Women stories broke, Melania told Grisham she wanted to drive to Air Force One ahead of Trump.

“I do not want to be like Hillary Clinton, do you understand what I mean?” Melania said, according to Grisham. “She walked to Marine One holding the hands with her husband after Monica news and it did not look good.”

Hillary was able to use her husband’s infidelities to redefine herself with a more sympathetic aura and slingshot to a Senate seat.

This trial may help cement Melania’s image as a Trump, a loyal citizen of Trumplandia who thinks the system is rigged against her husband and who will stand with Donald as he tries to regain the Oval — no matter his perfidies toward her and others.

As Katie Rogers wrote in The Times, Melania shares Donald’s view that the trial is unfair and the prosecution is a disgrace, engaging in a proceeding that is, itself, tantamount to election interference.

When the Stormy story broke, Grisham thought Melania would storm.

But the presence of anger was conveyed by absence. Melania, who rarely visited her East Wing office anyhow, holed up in her suite and at the spa in Mar-a-Lago, a satiny confinement. This most elusive of first ladies became even more elusive, skipping dinners with her husband on the patio, striking references to him and avoiding the word “wife” in tweets, dropping her plan to accompany Donald to Davos, posting a photo of herself on the arm of a handsome military aide, taking a separate car to her husband’s first State of the Union address.

Melania must have gritted her perfect teeth through Stormy’s “Make America Horny Again” strip tour, her tell-all in In Touch magazine saying she could describe Donald’s anatomy, and a cringey “60 Minutes” interview.

Stormy, a star of “Sexbots: Programmed for Pleasure” and the director of “Lust on the Prairie,” told Anderson Cooper that she asked about Melania during her condom-free liaison at a celebrity golf tournament at Lake Tahoe in 2006: “And he brushed it aside, said: ‘Oh yeah, yeah, you know, don’t worry about that. We don’t even —. We have separate rooms and stuff.’”

So far, Melania has not deigned to play Maureen Dean, sitting behind her man in court every day for support. (Ivanka has shunned the courtroom, too.) Melania has long called Stormy “Donald’s problem,” noting to Grisham: “He got himself into this mess. He can fix it by himself.”

She is, by all accounts, angry that she has to be dragged through this X-rated circus again, especially while she is still mourning the death of her mother.

What could be more absurd and hypocritical than the putative Republican nominee selling Bibles and promoting an America with draconian abortion laws during his trial over a $130,000 payment to keep a porn star from telling voters about their dalliance?

Melania surely recoils from the prospect of testifying, which Justice Juan Merchan suggested might happen. He has also ruled that jurors may hear about Trump’s affair with Karen McDougal but not about how it continued while Melania was pregnant.

The former first lady, who is helping her son prepare for college, perhaps at New York University, does not want Barron’s name thrown around in a New York court. Trump made Barron an issue, asking for a day off for his son’s high school graduation.

Signaling that she will be part of the campaign, Melania is headlining a Log Cabin Republican event at Mar-a-Lago this weekend. In an interview with Fox News Digital previewing her remarks before that L.G.B.T.Q. group, Melania said that America “must unite.” It’s not the first time her message has been at odds with her husband’s behavior.

As first lady, Melania clearly styled herself after Jackie Kennedy, wearing high-fashion clothes that seemed to be not only art but also armor and maintaining poise through a parade of indignities.

“Like Jackie, Melania foregrounded her role as mother, and that enabled her to keep a degree of distance,” Dawn Tripp, the author of the upcoming novel “Jackie,” told me. “Both had that guarded, sphinx-like quality. But Jackie used that quality to maintain her independence from her husband’s administration and used her power in public and private ways. Melania often simply seems complicit in Trump’s irresponsibility.”

Complicit, to borrow from the “S.N.L.” skit about Ivanka, the perfume of Trump women.

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Melania Trump’s “I Really Don’t Care” Jacket Was Actually a F--k You to Ivanka Trump: New Book

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Remember, back in 2018 , when Melania Trump visited a detention center housing migrant children, and inexplicably chose to make the trip wearing a jacket with the words “I Really Don’t Care. Do U?” emblazoned on the back? At the time, the reaction was a deafening “What in God’s name is wrong with this woman,” on account of the fact that the garment appeared to send the message that she didn’t care about the plight of the kids who’d been separated from their parents thanks to her husband. In response, said husband insisted that the first lady was sending a message to the “Fake News Media” that she didn’t care what it said about her, a claim she later doubled down on . Yet according to a forthcoming book, the jacket’s message was actually meant for a party of one: Ivanka Trump.

In American Woman: The Transformation of the Modern First Lady, From Hillary Clinton to Jill Biden, New York Times reporter Katie Rogers reveals, per the New York Post , that Melania “spent her four years in the White House waging a war against Ivanka Trump,” with the duo engaged in an “internal power struggle” over the job of first lady, which the first daughter had attempted to fill when her stepmother delayed her move to the White House in 2017. Ivanka, Rogers reports, wanted to reorient the East Wing so that it served “the entire first family, not just the first lady,” a desire that chapped Melania’s hide and was not helped by the fact that Donald Trump told reporters that Ivanka would be “helping [Melania] and working with her.“ (“She was aware that her husband had suggested that his eldest daughter would be helping to share the responsibilities of being first lady, and this was not a development that pleased her,” Rogers writes.)

So by the time Melania made the trip down to McAllen, Texas, in 2018, she was apparently ready to tell Ivanka where she could go, through fashion.

Per the Post:

According to former administration officials, Melania was sending a message to her stepdaughter when she wore her “I Really Don’t Care, Do U?” jacket ahead of her June 2018 visit to see detained migrant children at the southern border. The pair “were locked in a quiet competition for press coverage” at the time, Rogers reported.

As New York magazine notes , “It’s unclear why anyone would look at a photo of the first lady wearing a jacket with a rude phrase scrawled across the back and think, Wow, she really put Ivanka in her place!” But who knows! Perhaps Ivanka was chilled to the core.

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The Truth About Donald And Melania Trump's Life At Mar-A-Lago

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Donald Trump's tumultuous time in the White House was marked not only by his policies, his trademark rallies, and his personal and professional scandals, but also by the lavish lifestyle that he maintained as president. Donald and his wife, Melania Trump, came to Washington, D.C. after leading extremely opulent lives, and proved very quickly that they would be keeping up with expectations. After all, life in the penthouse at Trump Tower and a vacation spot at the Mar-a-Lago beach club in Palm Beach, Florida are two spots that seem hard to give up. 

Despite the hustle and bustle of D.C., Donald and Melania took many quick getaways to Mar-a-Lago during his administration, their lavish Florida estate. And by the pictures, it's no secret as to why: the grounds are beautiful, the pools look amazing, and since it's situated in Florida, it's literally coated in sunshine. The former president spent so much time there during his time in office that the estate was dubbed "the winter White House."

So now that Donald and Melania are at Mar-a-Lago on a permanent basis, what does their life look like there? Strap in, because here's the truth about Donald and Melanie's life at Mar-a-Lago.

Donald and Melania Trump may throw lavish parties at Mar-a-Lago

Every extravagant party needs an extravagant venue, and that's a memo that Donald and Melania Trump have certainly gotten. Their lives at Mar-a-Lago have consisted of lavish events and celebrations, and it looks like that won't stop any time soon. As noted by the The Palm Beach Post , a large group of people gathered at Mar-a-Lago on New Year's Eve to ring in 2021. Despite the threats of the coronavirus pandemic and transmission risk between guests, people still congregated on the estate's lavish grounds to ring in the new year. 

Additionally, videos were posted to social media showing Mar-a-Lago party goers "mostly maskless and without social distancing," so it's safe to say that Donald and Melania's lives will continue to see lavish parties without any kind of precautions. According to  The New York Times , the party attendees included Donald Trump Jr.,  his girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle , and Rudolph Giuliani, "who was shown in online footage ballroom-dancing with a female partner to a rendition of New York, New York ." Time will tell just how crazy the Mar-a-Lago parties will be.

Donald and Melania Trump likely won't leave Mar-a-Lago often

A lot of us got used to staying at home in 2020 and 2021; we became accustomed to sweatpants and day-old pizza, the television on 24/7, and UberEats suggestions popping up on our phones around 6:30 every evening. However, unlike Donald and Melania Trump , we don't have a Florida estate and the Palm Beach area to wander around. But according to The New York Times , Donald has been known not to venture outside of Mar-a-Lago's property in the past, and given that his post-presidency has been plagued with impeachment and scandal, we can't imagine he'll be leaving the grounds any time soon. 

The Times also noted that Melania "tends to keep a low profile" while at Mar-a-Lago, not dissimilar to her low-key approach to being first lady ; so while the couple will most definitely indulge guests, the locals of Palm Beach will most likely not see them outside very often. As The Times put it, "in the Mar-a-Lago cocoon, the president is in his most comfortable mode, friends and allies say: playing the jocular host in front of an adoring crowd." Sounds like quite the lifestyle.

Donald Trump will likely play golf often at Mar-a-Lago

While in office, Donald Trump was known to often indulge in one of his favorite pastimes: golf. Despite criticism, he hit the green on many weekends, and even conducted some political business over golf games. And it looks like he'll be able to keep up his habits at Mar-a-Lago, because his new primary Palm Beach residence is just 15 minutes away from the Trump International Golf Club , as noted by The New York Time s . 

But the former president's favorite activity might be clouded by drama. As noted by Golf Week , a Palm Beach County official began the process of reviewing the county's contract with the Trump Organization, hoping to terminate the Trump International Golf Club lease. The chief assistant county attorney, Howard Falcon, told The Palm Beach Post that he "was asked by an unnamed county commissioner about whether the lease with Trump International Golf Club could be canceled," but maintains that he thinks the county cannot end its lease with Donald, "who pays $88,338 a month in rent for the property." So we'll see what happens.

Palm Beach is getting involved in Donald and Melania Trump's future at Mar-a-Lago

Donald Trump's future at Mar-a-Lago in his post-presidency was met with drama right away, and to be honest, we're not entirely shocked. As noted by The Washington Post , Donald signed an agreement in the '90s that changed the Mar-a-Lago estate from a primary residence into a private, membership based club. But doing so, it stopped Donald from being able to claim Mar-a-Lago as his primary residence (and he spent most of his time in New York, anyway). But after he lost the White House, Donald and his wife, Melania Trump, made it known that their sights were set on making Mar-a-Lago home — and the town of Palm Beach, Florida had some concerns. 

Specifically, Palm Beach's attorney recommended to the town council that they allow the Trumps to reside at Mar-a-Lago, all but forcing the council to come to an on-the-books conclusion. According to reports, "the legal opinion is the latest step in a year-long dispute that could force a decision by town officials who have been reluctant to take a formal position." Will the Trumps be allowed to stay permanently? Time will tell.

Mar-a-Lago is technically a downgrade from Donald and Melania Trump's former primary residence

By looking at the photos of the Mar-a-Lago estate, you can see that it's lavish, gorgeous, and over-the-top. The main building is stunning, the grounds look beautiful, there are pools and gardens, and the property literally sits on the water — what else could you ask for? Well, as noted by the The Palm Beach Post , staying at Mar-a-Lago permanently might be a tad disappointing for Donald and Melania Trump, as it's technically a downgrade from the Manhattan digs that they used to call home. Yes, a downgrade. 

Despite the renovations that have been done on Mar-a-Lago's private residence, it's "far smaller" than the penthouse floors that the Trumps used to live in at Trump Tower, their primary residence before moving to the White House. So why don't they just go back to Trump Tower? Let's just say that the city of New York and the Trumps don't exactly get along anymore. Looks like they'll just have to abandon the golden cherubs and the Central Park views from Trump Tower for the really shabby waterfront property they now live in. This is a time for sacrifice in their lives.

Donald and Melania Trump are longer granted this special circumstance at Mar-a-Lago

Here's a tidbit that many people might not know: air traffic can be diverted away from wherever the president of the United States is for security purposes — planes aren't even allowed in Washington D.C. airspace, and when they do , everyone goes into a panic. 

When he was president, Donald Trump often ventured down to Mar-a-Lago, and because of his role and in interest of security, planes were not allowed to fly over the estate — which is a big deal. According to the The Palm Beach Post , Mar-a-Lago is "directly under the main flight path of Palm Beach International Airport," so the air traffic is pretty substantial. But now that Donald no longer enjoys the privileges of being president, it looks like he's going to have to put up with the sound of planes landing in what can only be described as his backyard. And this isn't going to go over well — Donald once sued Palm Beach International Airport over the noise of the planes, but as the Post reported, "planes are expected to once again fly directly over the club." Someone go buy Donald some earplugs.

Donald and Melania Trump will likely throw Super Bowl parties at Mar-a-Lago

The Super Bowl is a big deal. Typically, the festive Sunday in February is accompanied by pigs in a blanket, a lot of chips and dips, wings and mozzarella sticks, cookies, drinks — oh, and football. And according to The New York Times , Donald and MelaniaTrump will most likely keep up the tradition of hosting an annual Super Bowl party at Mar-a-Lago in Donald's post-presidency. And while our Super Bowl Sundays consist of bulk foods that we got at Costco, his are made up of steak and lobster buffets — completely different worlds, really. 

Of course, this doesn't come as a surprise to anyone who's paid attention to Donald and his messaging around football. He owned the New Jersey Generals in the '80s, invested his energy into the short-lived United States Football League, and reportedly tried to convince his daughter, Ivanka Trump , to marry star quarterback Tom Brady . According to The New York Times , Donald has often joked that he "could have had Tom Brady" as a son-in-law. "Instead, I got Jared Kushner ," he has reportedly said. Ouch.

Donald and Melania Trump haven't experienced a warm welcome at Mar-a-Lago

It's always a gallant effort to try to get along with your neighbors, but making nice with the neighbors doesn't seem to be on Donald and Melania Trump's to-do list. According to  The Washington Post , the surrounding neighbors of Mar-a-Lago do not want the former president and first lady in their corner. In a letter sent to the town of Palm Beach, Florida, the immediate neighbors of the Mar-a-Lago property asserted that the Trumps "lost [their] legal right to live at Mar-a-Lago" because of Donald's agreement to not make the club his primary residence in the '90s. 

The lawyer for the Mar-a-Lago neighbors wrote in the letter that the Trumps should be notified that they cannot live on the property permanently, and should "avoid an embarrassing situation" before moving in. So why are the neighbors so adamant? Busy traffic, blocked streets, and the Trumps' history of not complying with county rules (there's a riveting story about a flagpole) are just a couple of the reasons. But given that Donald has ignored the requests of neighbors in the past, chances are he won't listen to their complaints.

Some members of Mar-a-Lago might leave the club

Mar-a-Lago serves as a membership club as well as the Donald and Melania Trump's residence. It boasts beautiful grounds, pools, dining experiences, and more, and many prominent people in the Palm Beach area have memberships. But in the days of his post-presidency, Donald might see some membership decline. According to the  Palm Beach Daily News , the membership fee skyrocketed to $200,000 after the 2016 election. Members also have to pay an additional yearly membership fee and have to meet a $2,000 minimum dining requirement. 

Here's an example of a membership gone wrong that illustrates the point. Jeff Greene, who ran for Florida's governorship, became a member in 2010 but quit in 2019. "I never loved going there," he told The New York Times . Unlike other businesses that don't seem to care if you come or go, Greene explained that Donald took it personally. "He went right at me, saying, 'I can't believe you quit the club.' He's figuring someone with plenty of money, why would they care about paying dues for a club?" 

No one's petty drama is worth putting up with, especially if it comes with a $200,000 price tag.

Donald and Melania Trump might not see each other often at Mar-a-Lago

During their time in the White House, Donald and Melania Trump kept their distance from each other. According to  Business Insider , Donald and Melania not only had separate bedrooms, but also lived on an entirely different floors; Melania will be able to keep that up, if she so chooses to, at Mar-a-Lago. As noted by Town & Country , the mansion features 128 rooms, so if they want to live apart, it seems like nothing is in Donald and Melania's way. 

Additionally, Mar-a-Lago isn't just made up by its lavish designs and hundreds of rooms. It sits on 20 acres of land, sandwiched between the intracoastal waterway and the Atlantic Ocean. According to Town & Country, Donald purchased the estate in 1985 for $5 million, which is about $12 million in 2021. "I have 24 acres in Palm Beach and nobody has anything like that," Trump said in 2014. "A big house is on one acre. I have 24. It's the great estate of Palm Beach." While he's technically wrong about that (Mar-a-Lago sits on 20 acres), the space will allow for him and Melania to keep their distance.

Donald and Melania Trump will have some Secret Service agents at Mar-a-Lago

Former presidents are granted Secret Service protection for life, so that will be a part of Donald and Melania's lives at Mar-a-Lago. As noted by  The Palm Beach Post , a "much smaller Secret Service detail" will watch over Donald and Melania. Additionally, their services may extend to Mar-a-Lago's 500 members, as well as events held on the estate grounds. 

But the scaled-back protection that Donald and Melania will receive at Mar-a-Lago might not be enough for the former president. As noted by The Washington Post , Donald "instructed that his family get the best security available in the world" for the six months following his departure from office "at no cost." According to people who were briefed on Donald's wishes, the former president "issued a directive to extend post-presidency Secret Service protection to his four adult children and two of their spouses, who were not automatically entitled to receive it." 

You know when your parents told you when you were a kid that "you'll take what you get and you'll like it" (usually referring to the vegetables we didn't want to eat)? Donald might want to implore such a mindset.

Donald and Melania Trump will be surrounded by Mar-a-Lago's opulent decorations

Donald and Melania Trump have become synonymous with a couple of different things — wealth, power, opulence, drama, expensive outfits , gold-plated everything — and it looks like their lavish reputations will follow them to Mar-a-Lago. In their new primary residence, the Trumps will get to enjoy some of the most opulent and outrageous decor, probably not to anyone's surprise. 

As noted by Town & Country , Donald paid an extra $3 million when he purchased Mar-a-Lago so he could acquire the property's antiques and furniture pieces (it was owned by heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, and heiresses always have good taste, it seems). Here are some other details that will blow your mind: the estate has a 20,000 square foot ballroom that features $7 million worth of gold detailing. Donald also spent $100,000 just so he could have four Mar-a-Lago sinks plated in gold. 

If the estate is anything like the Trumps' penthouse in Trump Tower, there will be gold and lush fabrics and over the top everything everywhere.

Mar-a-Lago will bring in income for Donald and Melania Trump

Ethics concerns came into question when Donald Trump became president, in part because of the Trump Organization and his business dealings. He handed over the reins to his sons, Don Jr. and Eric Trump, but Donald still received a huge sum of money from Mar-a-Lago while he was in office; it looks like the estate will continue to generate revenue for him. 

As noted by Town & Country , Donald made $15.6 million from Mar-a-Lago in 2014 and $25.1 million from the estate during his first year as president. The Hill reported that Mar-a-Lago made Donald $21.4 million in 2019 — a slight drop from the two previous years — and was accompanied by the income Donald received from other Trump properties. 

Of course, Mar-a-Lago and several other Trump properties were closed in March of 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, but according to  NBC News , the club partially reopened to its members just two months later. Maybe Donald will experience a bit of a revenue drop due to the pandemic, but it looks like the club will be a huge source of his income in his post-presidency life.

Supporters of Donald and Melania Trump will hold vigils there

If Trump supporters are known for anything, it's their dedication to Donald Trump. His rallies were often shown on the news and in photographs as wildly enthusiastic events, with supporters wearing Trump gear, waving Trump flags, holding Trump signs, and going to all kinds of lengths to show their dedication. And according to  The Palm Beach Post , it looks like some of that dedication will follow Donald and Melania Trump to Mar-a-Lago. 

Many of Donald's supporters lined the streets of Palm Beach when he arrived after departing from Washington, D.C. the day of President Joe Biden's inauguration. Some of those supporters told the  Post that they vowed to "continue their vigils" outside of Mar-a-Lago — that's a whole different level of dedication if we've ever witnessed it. 

Of course, it will be a little bit more difficult for Trumpers to get a glimpse of their beloved former president. Donald's motorcade in his post-presidency life at Mar-a-Lago will be a lot smaller, and his schedule will no longer be public. So they'll really have to stand outside and hope for the best.

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More than she let on: Melania’s influence on Donald Trump during his biggest scandals is being revealed

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Donald Trump ’s wife Melania Trump has often been portrayed as publicly hands-off, both in the political world and when it comes to her husband’s biggest scandals. But this might not be the case after all.

Media reports have long presented Melania, a former fashion model, as a reluctant participant in her husband’s administration and campaign. When some of his biggest scandals came to light, she would typically be in the background, rarely taking time to comment, if she did at all.

Now, it’s being revealed that her role in shaping his public responses to scandals was bigger than it may have been let on. That includes the Access Hollywood tape scandal that nearly ended Mr Trump’s political career. While recorded in 2005, the bawdy talk with that show’sanchor Billy Bush about grabbing women by the genitals wasn’t revealed until 2016, just weeks before the election. His team tried to downplay it as “locker room talk”.

Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen told a New York City courtroom this week about the immediate response to the Access Hollywood tape. “We needed to put a spin on this... that this is locker room talk, something that Melania had recommended—that’s what Melania had thought it was—and use that in order to get control over the story and to minimize its impact on him and his campaign.”

Former US first lady Melania Trump during a rare public speaking engagement at the National Archives in Washington DC on 15 December 2023

Cohen’s insight into Melania’s role in handling the scandal was detailed as he took the witness stand in Mr Trump’s trial over alleged hush-money payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels . The former president faces 34 felony counts and prison if convicted. Cohen is one of the star witnesses for the prosecution as he details the payments and the efforts to try to prevent the affair between Ms Daniels and Mr Trump from becoming public.

Ms Trump’s absence from the trial , of all people, is understandable given that Ms Daniels’ claims to have had an extramarital sexual encounter with Mr Trump in a Lake Tahoe hotel room in July 2006. The actor claims the affair took place four months after Melania gave birth to son Barron Trump .

The Republican presidential candidate, it should be noted, denies that the episode ever took place, has pleaded not guilty to all 34 of the felony charges brought against him by Manhattan district attorney Alvin Bragg and insists the trial is a “scam” orchestrated by his political opponents to keep him from the campaign trail.

Then-US president Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive to the White House after a trip to Baltimore, Maryland, on 25 May 2020

While Ms Trump has kept her distance throughout the first month of legal proceedings in the Big Apple and has not spoken publicly about it, The New York Times quoted a source close to her describing the case as “a disgrace” and branding it tantamount to election interference, seemingly finding her in lockstep with her husband on that point.

However, the Slovenian-born socialite has found her name cropping up a number of times in courtroom testimony.

Ms Daniels mentioned Ms Trump last week, when the porn star claimed Mr Trump had told her that he and his wife did not sleep in the same bed .

She was then mentioned twice more in testimony by Cohen, whose remarks, if accurate, suggest she has been more central to Mr Trump’s political whirl than has previously been understood.

That “locker room talk” line – an attempt to downplay the seriousness of Mr Trump’s “grab them by the p****” comment – presented conservatives with a convenient, palatable rationale for excusing the scandal and casting their vote for the GOP candidate, regardless of the extent of their distaste for his statement.

It may even have prevented disaffected Republicans from deserting the campaign in droves right before the election.

Donald and Melania Trump attend the Michael Kors show during Olympus Fashion Week at Bryant Park in New York on 9 February 2005

It has not previously been suggested the framing came from Ms Trump but that changed when Cohen portrayed her as a key figure in how to handle the response. The spin certainly proved successful enough in stabilising her husband’s campaign at a pivotal moment and ensured he could go on to defeat Hillary Clinton at the ballot box.

Elsewhere during Cohen’s testimony, he said Mr Trump’s concern about the Ms Daniels story was always about his political campaign, not his wife’s feelings , and mentioned her again when he described struggling to locate Mr Trump during a moment of crisis over the alleged payments in 2016. Cohen eventually received a text message from Melania that read: “Good morning Michael, can u pls call DT on his cell. Thanks.”

Donald Trump walks off the stage followed by Melania after the final presidential debate of 2016 at the University of Las Vegas in Nevada on 19 October 2016

Again, if Cohen is to be believed, Ms Trump was there playing a calm, facilitating role in a moment when her husband’s campaign and political future looked on the brink of disaster.

After Mr Trump went on to win the White House and served as commander-in-chief, Melania Trump would often be characterised as a reluctant first lady, initially staying behind at Trump Tower in New York rather than joining her husband in Washington DC, to enable their son Barron to complete his school year.

She was later mocked for her “scary” taste in Christmas decorations and derided for her insensitive choice of jacket when she visited a migrant detention centre on the Texas border.

Commentators also liked to zero in on clips of her seemingly batting the president’s hand away from her own as they exited Air Force One to speculate that she did not welcome his attention and that theirs was an unhappy marriage and elected life.

But Cohen’s testimony hints at the possibility that the Trumps may have been much closer than anyone realised when it came to defending his scandals.

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When did Donald Trump marry Melania? A quick look at the timing of their nuptials.

As adult film actress Stormy Daniels detailed her alleged 2006 affair with Donald Trump , the former president sat in a Manhattan courtroom without his wife, Melania.

In the New York case, Trump is charged with 34 counts of falsifying business records. Prosecutors in the trial say that ahead of the 2016 presidential election, Trump had his former lawyer, Michael Cohen , paid Daniels $130,000 to stay quiet about her sexual encounter with him a decade earlier.

While Trump has denied the allegation, Daniels testified about the July 2006 night and described seeing a photo of his wife and asking Trump about her when they were talking in his hotel suite. Daniels testified that Trump told her not to worry about that.

More: Trump trial live updates: Speaker Mike Johnson backs Trump at Manhattan courthouse

When did Donald Trump marry Melania?

Melania Trump, born Melanija Knavs, married former President Donald Trump in January 2005. They have one son, Barron. He was born in March 2006.

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They first met at a party in 1998. Two decades later, Trump called her his "rock and foundation" in a campaign email.

More: Melania Trump through the years: Meet the new first lady

Former Trump White House aide Madeleine Westerhout testified during the hush money trial that she had admired Melania and Donald Trump's relationship, characterizing it as one of "mutual respect" and "really special."

"I know he cares a lot about her opinion," Westerhout added.

She also said the couple "laughed a lot" and described Melania Trump sometimes texting her to say it was after dinner time and asking about her husband.

"There was really no one else who could kind of put him in his place," Westerhout said.

Asked whether the relationship changed after news of the Stormy Daniels hush money deal broke, Westerhout said: "Not that I saw."

Aysha Bagchi contributed to this report.

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Melania Trump’s ‘I Really Don’t Care’ Jacket Was A Message To Ivanka Trump, New Book Claims

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Former First Lady Melania Trump had a lot of battles to fight behind the scenes during her husband's run as President of the United States.

According to a new book, Melania and her stepdaughter, Ivanka Trump , fought over her office space due to her decision at the time to remain in New York for the sake of her son, Barron , to complete his schooling.

The author of the book, Katie Rogers , a White House reporter for the New York Times , claims that Melania's absence left her position vacant and Ivanka eager to fill it.

Ivanka Trump Was Eager To Revamp Melania Trump's Office Space On The East Wing

Following her husband, Donald Trump 's win in 2016, Melania shocked many when she revealed her plan to remain in New York to allow a then 10-year-old Barron to complete his school year.

According to Roger's new book (via the Daily Mail ), this move by Melania reportedly led to Ivanka's hopes of giving the office space on the East Wing a makeover, one that would be "geared to serving the entire First Family, not just the First Lady."

On getting wind of her stepdaughter's plan, Melania stepped in and stopped it, and shortly after, Ivanka revealed she would be taking on the position of an unpaid adviser in her father's West Wing.

However, that was only the beginning of Melania's four-year "internal power struggle" "with her stepdaughter," whom she dubbed "The Princess."

Within the White House compound, the two women's paths rarely intersected. They were also hardly ever pictured or seen together and never hosted joint projects or events.

Melania Trump Had Concerns About Her Husband's Kids Partaking In 'White House Operations'

According to the news outlet, Rogers' book revealed that Melania had reservations about Trump's other children, Eric and Don Jr. The Slovenia-born former model "did not think that it was appropriate for Trump's children to be enmeshed in White House operations."

Unfortunately, this was another battle she lost as Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, ended up serving as advisers in the West Wing. Eric and Don Jr. also served as key surrogates for their father during his 2016 campaign trail and provided advice to the Trump team.

Melania allegedly proceeded to share her feelings through her clothing, particularly her controversial jacket that had the bold question, "I really don't care. Do U?" written on it.

Melania donned the jacket in June 2018 when she boarded an Air Force plane to visit the Upbring New Hope Children's Shelter in McAllen, Texas, which housed immigrant children who had been separated from their parents during border crossings.

Melania, who immigrated to the U.S. and obtained citizenship in 2006, was instrumental in pressuring Trump to sign an executive order ending the administration's practice of severing families at the border.

Rogers notes in her book, "In large part, the bullheaded Donald had been cowed into action because Melania had been adamant that wrenching children away from their parents was wrong."

Melania Trump's Controversial Jacket Was A Message To Ivanka Trump

Rogers, in her book, claims Stephanie Grisham, a top aide to Melania, revealed that after they returned from their trip to the Upbring New Hope Children's Shelter, Trump pulled the both of them into the Oval Office, where he "yelled at them, and then decided that the official explanation for the jacket would be that Melania was speaking directly to the media."

Melania went along with Trump's plan and told ABC News in an interview that the message on the jacket was "for the people and for the left-wing media who are criticizing me."

"I want to show them that I don't care. You could criticize whatever you want to say, but it will not stop me to do what I feel is right," she claimed at the time.

"It's obvious I didn't wear the jacket for the children," Melania said. "I wore the jacket to go on the plane and off the plane. After the visit, I put it back on because I see how [the] media got obsessed about it."

However, other Trump administration officials claimed that this message was directed to "the Trumps - specifically, the president's eldest daughter, Ivanka ."

Have The Two Women Become Friends?

Roger's book states that Melania and Ivanka, during their years in the White House, "were locked in a quiet competition for press coverage."

The mother of one also wished to express her displeasure of Trump's kids getting involved in White House affairs.

Since Trump's exit from the Oval Office, Melania and Ivanka now seem to be on good terms. The former first daughter notably extended her condolences to Melania following the news of her mother, Amalija Knavs' death. She was also present for Knavs' funeral ceremony.

Rogers' book, "American Woman: The Transformation of the Modern First Lady, from Hillary Clinton to Jill Biden," will be released on Tuesday.

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Teen models, powerful men and private dinners: when Trump hosted Look of the Year

In the early 90s, Donald Trump judged the world’s biggest modelling competition - since hit by allegations of abuse. This is how the people who were there remember it

O n 1 September 1991, a large private yacht cruised towards the Statue of Liberty. It was a clear, breezy evening, and from the upper deck of the Spirit of New York, a golden sunset could be seen glinting off the Manhattan skyline. Downstairs, a party was in flow. Scores of teenage girls in evening dresses and miniskirts, some as young as 14, danced under disco lights. It could have been a high school prom, were it not for the crowd of older men surrounding them.

As the evening wore on, some of the men – many old enough to be the girls’ fathers, or even grandfathers – joined them on the dancefloor, pressing themselves against the girls. One balding man in a suit wrapped his arms around two young models, leering into a film camera that was documenting the evening: “Can you get some beautiful women around me, please?”

The party aboard the Spirit of New York was one of several events that Donald Trump , then 45, attended with a group of 58 aspiring young models that September. They had travelled from around the world to compete in Elite’s Look of the Year competition, an annual event that had been running since 1983 and was already credited with launching the careers of Cindy Crawford, Helena Christensen and Stephanie Seymour. At stake was a life-changing prize: a $150,000 contract with the world’s then leading modelling agency, Elite Model Management, run by John Casablancas.

Trump was closely involved in Casablancas’s competition. In 1991, he was a headline sponsor, throwing open the Plaza, his lavish, chateau-style hotel overlooking Central Park, transforming it into the main venue and accommodating the young models. He was also one of its 10 judges.

In 1992, Trump hosted the competition again. On a similarly golden evening in early September that year, another group of contestants boarded the Spirit of New York, chartered for another Elite cruise. One of the girls on the boat was Shawna Lee, then a 14-year-old from a small town outside Toronto. She recalls how the contestants were encouraged to parade downstairs, one by one, and dance for Trump, Casablancas and others. Lee, an introverted teenager who loved to draw but hated school, was in New York for the first time. “A woman at the agency was pushing me,” she recalls. “I said to her, ‘I don’t see why me going down the stairs and dancing in front of those two has anything to do with me becoming a model. And she said, ‘No, you look great, take off your blazer and go and do it.’ So I walked down the stairs. I didn’t dance – I blew a kiss at them, spun around and walked away.”

Contestants wait to board the Spirit of New York yacht in 1991

Contestants wait to board the Spirit of New York yacht, September 1991. Photograph: Nina Berman/NOOR

Another contestant, who was 15 at the time, also remembers being asked to walk for Trump, Casablancas and other men on the boat in September 1992. She says an organiser told her that if she refused, she would be excluded from the competition. “I knew in my gut it wasn’t right,” she recalls. “This wasn’t being judged or part of the competition – it was for their entertainment.”

While Elite’s official brochure stated that contestants were aged between 14 and 24, all of those the Guardian has spoken to, competing in both years, were aged between 14 and 19. Some had come to New York with parents or chaperones in tow; others were alone. Many were away from their families for the first time. For them, the stakes were high, and the pressure to impress the judges great. As Casablancas had warned them at the outset of the competition, in a scene recorded by TV cameras: “You are going to be judged, constantly judged.” (In 1991 and 1992, the Elite contest was filmed for a 60-minute glossy television special, featuring interviews and behind-the-scenes footage, and later screened on Fox – an early foray into reality TV.) Casablancas was a powerful figure in the industry, and to many of the new crop of would-be supermodels, this seemed an opportunity too good to miss.

Three decades on, a very different picture of the competition is beginning to emerge. Over the last six months, the Guardian has spoken to several dozen former Look of the Year contestants, as well as industry insiders, and obtained 12 hours of previously unseen, behind-the-scenes footage. The stories we have heard suggest that Casablancas, and some of the men in his orbit, used the contest to engage in sexual relationships with vulnerable young models. Some of these allegations amount to sexual harassment, abuse or exploitation of teenage girls; others are more accurately described as rape.

Naomi Campbell and John Casablancas

Top left: John Casablancas with Naomi Campbell, who co-presented the 1991 Look of the Year finale. Photograph: Bettina Cirone/The LIFE Images Collection via Getty Images

Top right and bottom: Trump with Casablancas, at Trump’s Plaza hotel in New York, venue for the 1991 Look of the Year awards. Photograph: Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images

No such allegations have been levelled against Trump, who at the time was dating Marla Maples, the woman who in 1993 became his second wife. But his close involvement in the contest raises questions for the president. Did he know that Casablancas and others were sleeping with contestants? Why would a man in his 40s, whose main business was real-estate development, want to host a beauty contest for teenage girls?

Journalists have scoured almost every corner of the 45th president’s life, but his friendship with Casablancas, and his involvement in Look of the Year in 1991 and 1992, have been largely overlooked. Yet the competition is more than a footnote in the Donald Trump story. In time, it would prove to be the foundation of his pivot into reality TV. He even married a former Look of the Year contestant: the current first lady, Melania Trump, narrowly missed out on a trip to New York in 1992, after coming second in the Slovenian heat.

W hen John Casablancas arrived in New York in 1977, aged 35, he quickly caused a stir. Branded “the snatcher” for poaching models from rivals for his Elite Model Management agency, he gained a reputation as a ruthless operator. Handsome and charismatic, the son of a former Balenciaga model and a wealthy Spanish banker, he formed the agency that became Elite in Paris in his late 20s. Within years of setting up shop in New York, Casablancas was generating millions of dollars in revenue each year, and ushering in the era of the supermodel. Glamorous friends flocked to Elite parties in fashionable clubs like Studio 54.

It’s not clear how Casablancas first met Trump but, according to several former models who encountered him during the 1980s, the businessman became a regular at his parties. With the opening of Trump Tower on New York’s Fifth Avenue in 1983, and the acquisition of the Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida in 1985, Trump had gained the reputation of a high-flying playboy in his own right. In 1987 he published The Art Of The Deal , and a flurry of publicity followed. “He sits atop a $3 billion empire,” proclaimed the Washington Post, “and seems to have a Midas touch.”

It was perhaps unsurprising that Trump, a New York celebrity who liked to date beautiful women, should come to know the city’s best-known model agent. “Trump was good with PR and that was something John liked,” says Jeremie Roux, who now runs System, a modelling agency he cofounded with Casablancas in 2009. “Good or negative press was all good to Trump.”

Patty Owen, an Elle and Cosmopolitan cover star, recalls seeing Trump at Elite parties as far back as 1982. “He would always be at the bar. That’s where he would stay and that’s where all the new models would hang out,” she says. “Whenever I saw him, I was always like: why does John have to invite him?” Barbara Pilling, also then an Elite model, told us Trump asked her out for dinner in the summer of 1989 at an industry soiree. She recalls Trump asking how old she was. “I said 17 and he said, ‘That’s just great – you’re not too old, not too young.’”

Stacy Wilkes on the Spirit Of New York, 1991, with that year’s winner, Ingrid Seynhaeve

Top: Stacy Wilkes on the Spirit of New York in 1991, with that year’s winner, Ingrid Seynhaeve. Photograph: Nina Berman/NOOR

Bottom: Shawna Lee (second from right) with other contestants at the 1992 Look of the Year competition

Speaking to the Guardian, four former Elite models say that in the late 80s or early 90s, when they were teenagers, the agency required them to attend private dinners with Trump, Casablancas and sometimes other men. One was Shayna Love, an Australian model who was 16 when she came to New York for the first time in the summer of 1991. Recalling a dinner she attended, she says now: “It was presented as our duty as models at the agency. It wasn’t an invitation. It was like, you have to go and do this.” She says the dinner she attended, at which 10 or 15 models were present, was served at a long table in a private area of an upmarket restaurant. “I was at one end with John, and Trump was up the other end… surrounded by the other girls.”

In the spring of 1991, Trump and Casablancas struck a business deal. Trump would sponsor Look of the Year’s final and host contestants at the Plaza, which would double as the headquarters. At the time, Trump faced significant financial pressures and was close to filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, but it didn’t seem to deter him. In the newly unearthed, behind-the-scenes footage of Look of the Year 1991, Trump makes a series of appearances alongside Casablancas, whom he describes as “my friend John”. At one point, Casablancas reveals how he and Trump struck their business partnership. “I had prepared for a long meeting with Donald Trump to explain to him why this was going to be a great success,” Casablancas tells the crowd. “In fact, I hadn’t finished my third sentence and he said: ‘I love the idea. Let’s do it.’”

Trump now disputes being friends with Casablancas. The president’s representatives told the Guardian that he denies it “in the strongest possible terms”. Trump, they said, “hardly knew him, spent very little time with him, and knew very little about him”.

S tacy Wilkes had never been anywhere like the New York Plaza when she arrived at Trump’s hotel with another contestant in September 1991. Then 16, she was living in Louisville, Kentucky, with her mother, who was struggling to make ends meet. The teenager would hold yard sales and mow lawns to make extra cash. “I was just so excited to be in a hotel,” she says. “To go from a poor part of Kentucky to a place like this – I felt like the little kid in Home Alone.” She recalls feeling out of place in a hotel where “everything was gold”.

The teenager had been selected as part of a sprawling international search, overseen by Casablancas, for “new faces”. Many contestants had come through feeder competitions after winning regional heats, or being spotted in malls and hotel lobbies or, in one case, on the beach. Casablancas had visited Wilkes’ local mall to host an Elite scouting event a year earlier, when she was 15. Her local agent had sent her to meet him, telling her what to wear and how to act. She says: “I was told to put my hair down in front of my face and then, like, whoop it around and look up at him.”

One year later, Wilkes was among those met at the airport by a scrum of photographers, and whisked into limousines – a supermodel welcome. “That was kind of neat,” she recalls. The contestants assembled beneath crystal chandeliers at the Plaza to meet Casablancas. He told them they would be judged over several days ahead of a gala evening, when the winner would be crowned. The girls would undergo makeovers and attend photocalls, donning spandex for an exercise routine in front of the Plaza. The behind-the-scenes footage shows Casablancas informing the would-be models that attention would be paid not just to appearance, but to “the way you are, your attitude, your personality, your sense of cooperation”.

from left: John Casablancas, photographer Patrick Demarchelier and Gérald Marie, head of Elite’s Paris office and a 1991 Look of the Year judge.

Top, from left: John Casablancas, photographer Patrick Demarchelier and Gérald Marie, head of Elite’s Paris office and a 1991 Look of the Year judge. Photograph: FameFlynet.uk.com

Bottom: Donald Trump with contestants in the 1991 Look of the Year competition, the year he was a judge

At 16, Wilkes was one of the older contestants in Look of the Year. The 1992 Fox documentary reported that the average age was 15, and the film’s interviews make the youth of many contestants plain. Standing before the judges for the key swimwear round, the aspiring models are asked to tell the panel about themselves. “I sing and love animals,” says one girl, nervously. Another tells the judges: “I like big dogs and chocolate.” Later, during a photoshoot, a photographer instructs a 15-year-old to show more of her cleavage by pulling her bra lower. “More,” he tells her. “More. More.”

In 1991, there were 10 judges in total, eight of them men, including Trump, Casablancas, the celebrity magician David Copperfield, and the president of Elite’s European division, Gérald Marie. For the swimwear round, judges including Trump and Casablancas sat at a table in one of the Plaza’s palatial rooms, rating the teenage models. “I felt so uncomfortable, standing there in my bathing suit,” recalls Wilkes. She says that at one stage of the contest the judges said she should lose weight: “It felt like they were ganging up on me.”

The contestant who came third in 1991 was Kate Dillon, then 17. Dillon, who went on to become a successful plus-sized model, says that many of her fellow competitors were “from places that were very poor. I came from a family that had means, so it was something fun to do for a week to get out of school – but a lot of these girls were desperate.” She recalls various “after-hours” events over the course of the five-day competition. “It was very clear that there were opportunities to go out and party with Donald,” she says. The contestants were led to believe “that if you were nice to certain people, good things will happen to you, and I think that’s why girls were going out”.

The behind-the-scenes footage seen by the Guardian shows brief snippets of the future president mingling with the Look of the Year models. At an evening reception, he seems to play the role of host, moving regally around the Plaza’s ornate rooms in a suit and tie, talking to VIP guests and contestants. “How’s the Canadian contestants?” he asks, before moving over to a handful of Canadian would-be models and introducing himself. At another point, he circulates on the top deck of the Spirit of New York as the boat prepares to depart. Wearing a billowing cream blazer, pink open-neck shirt and oversized baseball cap, Trump grins while posing for photographs and chatting to several girls. One tells him she is just finishing school.

Some former contestants recall him being there as they got dressed for events. “Every time we changed, it was like Trump would find a reason to come backstage,” Wilkes says. A Canadian contestant from 1992 recalls similar incidents. “He’d come by and say, ‘Hey girls, are we ready?’” she says. “I remember thinking, what have I got myself into?” Trump denies, “in the strongest possible terms”, behaving inappropriately with any Look of the Year contestants. His representatives say he was not aware of any predatory environment at the time.

Others, however, observed a disturbing side to the contest. Ohad Oman, a young reporter for a magazine in Tel Aviv, was sent to cover it in 1991 and 1992. He attended a number of the after-parties, and remembers seeing girls drinking alcohol. He recalls one particularly debauched party, telling the Guardian: “I saw girls sitting on guys’ laps, and I remember one guy putting his hand down a girl’s top. I remember thinking they were younger than me, and I was 17 going on 18.” (The legal drinking age is 21 in the US.)

Others who were present recall underage models being served alcohol at the contest. Trump’s representatives say he did not provide alcohol to contestants, or encourage any models, whether below the drinking age or not, to drink alcohol, stressing he “does not drink alcohol and does not encourage others to do so”.

A still from previously unseen footage of the 1991 Look of the Year finale

A still from previously unseen footage of the 1991 Look of the Year finale

The finale of the 1991 competition was a glittering black-tie gala in the Plaza’s ballroom. Casablancas and supermodel Naomi Campbell presented, as 10 finalists went through a series of costume changes, walking across a stage decorated with columns of sunflowers. Trump sat on the front row alongside a roster of celebrities, his nine-year-old daughter Ivanka perched on his knee.

Ingrid Seynhaeve, an 18-year-old from Belgium, was crowned the winner. As the evening drew to a close, Seynhaeve was surrounded by photographers. Guests filtered out of the ballroom as a party got going in another of the Plaza’s grand rooms. In the newly uncovered footage, a man can be heard off-camera, saying: “Come on, babes. Let’s get some liquor in you.”

I n the months before and after the contests, Elite sent several of its teenage models to Milan, New York or Paris on assignments, usually by themselves. Shawna Lee, the 14-year-old from Canada who felt pressured to perform on the Spirit of New York in 1992, had spent the previous summer in Paris, working for Elite. She recalls days at castings, and nights out partying, including at the legendary Les Bains Douches nightclub.

After one drunken night at the club, one of the first times she had drunk alcohol, she says a senior executive at Elite offered her a ride home on his motorbike. Gérald Marie, then in his early 40s, was head of Elite’s Paris office, a powerful figure in the fashion industry and a 1991 Look of the Year judge. Lee accepted the offer. “I was like, OK, sure, because I was always relying on whoever to get me home,” she says. But she alleges that, rather than taking her home, Marie brought her to his apartment and told her to come to his bedroom. Lee says she initially refused, asking about his wife. She says Marie responded: “Oh no, just come and sleep in the bed with me, don’t worry,” and she relented. “So I don’t know, I just went.”

Lee says the #MeToo movement has emboldened her to talk about what happened next. It was her first sexual experience. “I just froze,” she says. “I really didn’t know what to do.” Looking back 30 years later, she feels she was taken advantage of. “I just felt really pressured,” she says. “I was really young and I was manipulated.” She told a friend what had happened, and this soon got back to Elite’s agents. “They all knew something went down, but they downplayed it,” says Lee, who is now 42 and works as a makeup artist in Toronto. “It was just understood that it was in my best interest to walk away from it and brush it under the rug.”

Questions about Marie’s alleged mistreatment of teenage models are not new. In 2000, New York magazine reported that two of Elite’s senior women executives had pleaded with both Casablancas and Marie to stop sleeping with underage models , but had been ignored. (“We are men,” Marie reportedly said. “We have our needs.”) In 2011, the Elite supermodel and actor Carré Otis alleged that Marie had repeatedly raped her when she was a 17-year-old model in Paris in the 1980s. Two years ago, another Elite model, Ebba Karlsson, accused Marie of raping her when she was 21.

Marie did not respond to a formal letter from the Guardian, but in a brief phone call insisted he had never sexually assaulted any models, and denied the specific allegations levelled against him by Lee. “It’s absurd, I don’t know this person,” he said. “Allegations like this are becoming too easy to make. Frankly, it hurts.”

Trump with his nine-year-old daughter Ivanka at the competition final in 1991

Trump with his nine-year-old daughter Ivanka at the 1991 Look of the Year final. Photograph: Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images

Other men closely involved in Look of the Year during this period have been accused of sexual misconduct by former contestants. Some allegations are contained in legal proceedings filed decades ago; others have been shared for the first time with the Guardian. The newspaper has decided not to publish some of these allegations, at the request of the women involved.

One allegation already made public concerns David Copperfield, an associate of both Casablancas and Trump, who judged Look of the Year in 1988 and 1991, and once dated another Elite supermodel, Claudia Schiffer. Two years ago, as the #MeToo movement reverberated through the entertainment industry, he was the subject of allegations by Brittney Lewis, a 17-year-old contestant in the 1988 Look of the Year, held in Japan. According to her account, published on the entertainment news website The Wrap , Copperfield invited her to a show in California after she had returned home to Utah. Lewis alleged that she saw Copperfield pour something into her glass and then blanked out, but says she retained hazy recollections of him sexually assaulting her in his hotel room. Copperfield stated on Twitter at the time that he had been “falsely accused” in the past, and was now having to “weather another storm”. He added: “Please for everyone’s sake, don’t rush to judgment.” In response to the Guardian’s questions about the alleged assault, his representatives said that the claims were false and seriously defamatory.

Several of the 1991 contestants recall Copperfield behaving in a way that now strikes them as inappropriate. Stacy Wilkes says Copperfield called the hotel room she was sharing with another 15-year-old contestant, inviting the other girl to his room. Another remembers translating a phone call from Copperfield into Spanish so he could invite a teenage contestant to his hotel room. Aimee Bendio, who was a 14-year-old Look of the Year contestant in 1991, says Copperfield and his assistant contacted her at her family home several times after she took part in the contest, “checking in to see how my career was going”. She says the magician invited her to his shows, offering to send a limousine, but she declined.

magician David Copperfield on the Spirit of New York, 1991, the year he was a judge

Top: magician David Copperfield on the Spirit of New York in 1991, the year he was a judge

Bottom: Copperfield with former girlfriend Claudia Schiffer. Photograph: Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images

Maya Rubin, a 16-year-old contestant in 1991, says Copperfield approached her on the Spirit of New York. “I told him I’m from Israel,” she recalls. “He said to me that his mum always wanted him to marry a Jewish girl.” Months later, she says, the magician sent her a Christmas card. Copperfield categorically denies behaving inappropriately with any contestants at any time.

In the early 90s, Look of the Year contestants who secured modelling contracts with Elite were introduced to a fledgling financial advisory firm, Star Capital Management. It was run by an associate of Casablancas, David Weil. Housed at Elite’s Manhattan offices, and an official sponsor of Look of the Year, Weil’s company advertised its services in the 1991 competition programme with a photograph of a small girl dressed in adult clothing and jewellery, alongside the marketing line: “Just like you, we’re not just another pretty face.”

By the following year, Star Capital Management was handling millions of dollars earned by Elite’s models. The business soon caught the attention of federal authorities, who later accused Weil and his business partner of stealing at least $1.2m from their clients. In 1998, Weil pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges. He also pleaded guilty to the statutory rape of a 15-year-old model he had met at Look of the Year in 1992.

Weil was sentenced to serve weekends in prison for three months, and required to register as a sex offender for 10 years. Mark Lawless, a New York lawyer who brought a civil fraud case against Star Capital Management on behalf of the 1991 Look of the Year winner Ingrid Seynhaeve and others, says that when he inspected its office, he found an adjoining bedroom. One of the desk’s drawers, he recalls, contained “bullets and condoms”. Weil declined to comment when contacted by the Guardian.

Four years after Weil’s conviction, in 2002, Casablancas faced his own set of accusations in the civil courts. A former Look of the Year contestant, known only as Jane Doe 44, filed a lawsuit accusing him of repeatedly sexually abusing her , beginning when she was 15. The abuse began, according to the lawsuit, at Look of the Year 1988 in Japan, where Casablancas told Doe he was “falling in love” with her. At the end of the competition, the lawsuit states, “contestants drank and partied late into the evening” and Casablancas told the teenager to come to his hotel room. There, Casablancas sexually abused the girl “several times over the evening”. The abuse allegedly continued the following year; when the girl became pregnant, Casablancas told her “she would be having an abortion”. The abortion was allegedly “arranged and paid for” by Elite. Casablancas was 46 at the time.

John Casablancas with his third wife, Aline Wermelinger; they met when she was a 1992 Look of the Year contestant

John Casablancas with his third wife, Aline Wermelinger, in 1995; they met when she was a 1992 Look of the Year contestant. Photograph: The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images

The lawsuit also alleged that Casablancas “engaged in a pattern of seducing, sexually exploiting and/or abusing minor girls, including girls as young as 14 or 15 years old”. But in 2003, the Los Angeles superior court dismissed the claims against him because he did not live in California, where it had been filed. At the time, a lawyer for Casablancas said the allegations were without merit.

Trump’s representatives have told the Guardian he denies in the strongest possible terms having any knowledge at the time that Casablancas allegedly engaged in sexual relationships with Look of the Year contestants, including those who were under the age of consent, or that Casablancas allegedly enabled others to exploit or abuse teenage models.

But Casablancas’ sexual interest in teenage girls predated this period. His marriage to his second wife, Danish model Jeanette Christiansen, ended in 1983 when it emerged that he was having an affair with a 15-year-old model, Stephanie Seymour. Casablancas, who was in his early 40s at the time, later described Seymour as a “woman-child”. He met his third wife, Brazilian model Aline Wermelinger, in 1992, when she was a Look of the Year contestant staying at Trump’s Plaza. They married the following year; Casablancas was 51 and she was 17.

B y his own account, Donald Trump got to know financier Jeffrey Epstein in the late 1980s. “He’s a lot of fun to be with,” Trump famously told New York magazine in 2002. “It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.” After Epstein was charged with the sex trafficking of underage girls last year, the president distanced himself, telling reporters he knew the financier “like everybody in Palm Beach knew him”, but hadn’t spoken to him in 15 years. “I was not a fan of his, that I can tell you,” he said. Trump’s representatives told the Guardian that he had “kicked Mr Epstein out” of Mar-a-Lago for acting inappropriately towards staff.

Photographs of Trump with Epstein, who owned a house near Mar-a-Lago, were widely circulated in the wake of the financier’s arrest last year. Renewed attention was also given to a deposition by Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who said she was first approached by Epstein’s friend, the British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell , while working as a spa attendant at Mar-a-Lago in 1999.

It also appears that Epstein had a Casablancas connection during the 1990s. According to a lawsuit filed in the US three months ago, in 1990 Casablancas sent a teenage model for her first “casting call” at a residential address on New York’s Upper East Side, to meet a “photographer” who, it turned out, was Epstein. The lawsuit states that Epstein ordered the 15-year-old girl to undress before taking photographs of her, pushing her against a wall and sexually assaulting her.

George Houraney, a businessman whose American Dream Calendar Girls beauty contest had been running in Las Vegas casinos since 1978, recalls encountering Epstein at Mar-a-Lago in January 1993. Houraney says that Trump asked him to organise a party that month with some of his pageant’s finalists, promising to invite heads of modelling agencies and prospective sponsors for his competition. “He had me fly in all these girls, and gave me a $30,000 budget for airfares and limos to pick them up at the airport,” he says. “The girls were all decked out, expecting to meet all these VIPs.” But after an hour at the party, Houraney says, there seemed to be only one other guest: Epstein. “I was like, ‘Donald, where are the guys? What’s going on here?’ And he said, ‘Well, this is it.’” Houraney says he realised “this is a Jeff Epstein party, basically”.

While suspicious of Epstein, Houraney was keen to have Trump as a business partner. A month earlier, in December 1992, Trump had met with Houraney and Jill Harth, who ran the pageant together. They were looking for a new sponsor for their contest, which each year saw models aged 16 to 22 compete to appear in wall calendars wearing bikinis and swimsuits while posing with classic cars. At dinner in the Plaza’s Oak Room, Harth, Houraney and Trump discussed moving the American Dream competition from Las Vegas to one of Trump’s casinos. “He wanted to build this into the biggest, the best thing that he could do. He was talking about television and pulling out all the contacts,” Harth later said. Eventually, the pageant was held at Trump Castle in Atlantic City in November 1993, but for one year only.

The partnership soured and ended in two lawsuits , but for Trump it was a prelude to a series of more lucrative ventures in the beauty business. In 1996, he secured what the New York Daily News described as “his most beautiful deal yet”. After months of negotiations, Trump acquired the Miss Universe Organization in a reported $10m deal that handed him control of three large, well-established pageants: Miss Universe, Miss USA, and Miss Teen USA. Three years later, he founded Trump Model Management, poaching many staff from Elite.

For Wolfgang Schwarz, a veteran model agent in Austria who worked closely with Casablancas, and met Trump at the Plaza in the early 90s, Trump’s decision to establish his own agency was about him wanting his own private source for models. “If you have your own agency and you’re the owner, you can tell your bookers to make a party,” Schwarz says. “It’s easier than calling 15 agencies in New York.” Trump’s representatives say he entered the modelling industry because it was a “very profitable” business opportunity.

Kate Dillon, in footage from the 1991 contest

Top: Kate Dillon, in behind-the-scenes footage from the 1991 contest

Bottom: Casablancas with 1992 Look of the Year winner Mariann Molski, then 14. Photograph: Everett Collection/Alamy

The Miss Universe deal allowed Trump to realise his ambition of turning a pageant into an international televised event. In 1997, he sold a 50% stake in the business to CBS . Five years later, amid a slump in the Miss Universe ratings, Trump brokered a deal with NBC that led to the launch of The Apprentice in 2004.

The move into reality TV positioned Trump as a heavyweight tycoon with a significant media profile. In many ways, it was a natural progression from his involvement in beauty contests and pageants. Where once he had judged young models, whose hopes, rivalries and insecurities became TV storylines in Fox’s Look of the Year documentary, now he was ruthlessly separating aspiring business people into winners and losers.

T hree decades on from the contests at Trump’s Plaza, it is striking to reflect on the diverging fortunes of those who attended. Many of the powerful men Casablancas brought on board to help judge the girls thrived in the years that followed. Gérald Marie is now the chairman of a prestigious model agency in Paris, Oui Management. Although Marie told the Guardian he had retired, his LinkedIn page lists his responsibilities at the “thriving newcomer” agency as scouting for and managing talent. Oui Management did not respond to our request for comment. David Copperfield remains a prominent entertainer, with a current residency at the MGM Grand resort in Las Vegas.

The fortunes of the teenagers who took part have been mixed. Some became successful models, Hollywood actors and TV hosts, while many more lived quieter lives. Ingrid Seynhaeve, the 1991 winner, became a face of Ralph Lauren and Dior, hosted Belgium’s Topmodel TV show, and continues to front high-profile campaigns. Other contestants we spoke to include a beautician, a stay–at–home mother, a makeup artist, a yoga teacher and a bus driver.

In 1992, the crown went to one of Look of the Year’s youngest contenders: 14-year-old Mariann Molski. Months after her victory, a profile in the Chicago Tribune reported that the sporty high school student was “on the brink of a career of a kind that most young women only dream about”. While she had some success as a model, it is not clear what happened to her in the years that followed; US public records indicate multiple arrests for probation violations, alcohol offences and prostitution, though there is nothing to say she was ever charged. Molski’s current whereabouts are unknown, but she is believed to have been homeless in Arizona.

After years of financial mismanagement, Elite was forced into bankruptcy in 2004. The Elite brand continues to be used by two separate agencies, owned by different corporate entities. One is Creative World Management, which bought the New York division in 2004. It strongly distances itself from the Casablancas-owned firm and era, saying it “utterly” condemns the kinds of “deplorable behaviour” alleged to have taken place in the past.

The other inheritor of the brand is Elite World Group, which operates the successor to Look of the Year, a similar global contest for the next top young model, called Elite Model Look . It, too, distances itself from the Casablancas era. “We would have no tolerance for the conduct you’ve described,” the company told the Guardian. “Empowering our models and protecting their safety is our foremost priority.”

Donald Trump with contestants in 1991’s Elite Look of the Year, the year he was a judge

Donald Trump with contestants in 1991’s Elite Look of the Year

John Casablancas retired in Brazil in the early 2000s. He died in Rio de Janeiro in 2013, aged 70, long before the #MeToo movement heralded a new standard of accountability for powerful men accused of exploiting women and girls. He never got to see his old associate Donald Trump ascend to the White House, despite a cascade of allegations about Trump’s own treatment of women. There are now at least 25 sexual misconduct allegations against the president, ranging from unwanted advances and harassment to serious sexual assaults. More than half relate to models or pageant contestants. Trump denies that he has ever behaved in a predatory or inappropriate fashion with any women or girls.

Speaking to the Guardian 30 years on, several former Look of the Year contestants feel that a #MeToo moment for the modelling world is long overdue. “The girls are young and they look at these agents like parental figures, and they’re not,” says Shawna Lee. “Anything they say goes, whether it’s ‘Go cut your hair’, ‘Go wear this dress’. It’s too bad that there were not more consequences for these men.”

After Look of the Year 1991, Stacy Wilkes returned to Louisville and quit school, despite having told the judges she would finish. “I thought that was the reason I lost,” she says, “so I might as well leave if I want to make it as a model. We were really broke, so I thought I’d try and make money for my mom, but it didn’t work out.” She is content with the path her life took, living in Louisville with her partner and three cats, but adds that women were raising concerns at the time and were ignored: “I think models from the 90s tried so hard, over and over, and nobody believed what we had to say.”

Kate Dillon, now a businesswoman living in Seattle, remembers the contest as one that “exploited women’s assets, women’s bodies. A lot of these girls were desperate. They thought modelling was about attracting men, which it isn’t.” There was a climate of opportunism, she says. “There’s no doubt that the men were like, ‘Yes, Look of the Year week, let’s make sure my schedule is clear to have chicks over to my apartment.’

“What’s great is that we now have a language, and a precedent of young people saying: ‘No, I’m not going to let this continue’,” Dillon adds. “They would never accept being treated the way I was.”

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It’s no secret that Trump enjoys splashing his cash. Whether he’s gold-plating his New York Penthouse or spending millions of dollars on his Presidential campaign, this is a man who knows how to spend money. We take a look at the yachts that Trump’s either commissioned or owned, where money has never been an object.

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In 1980, Benetti built a yacht for Saudi businessman and billionaire, Adnan Khashoggi, for $100 million. Originally, this beauty was named after Khashoggi’s daughter, Nabila, and was at the time ranked as one of the largest and most impressive yachts in the world. Of course, times have changed and there are now bigger and better pieces of machinery that will blow everything else out of the water. While it was owned by Khashoggi, it appeared in the Bond movie, Never Say Never Again.

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Khashoggi ran into financial problems in the late 1980s when he sold the yacht to the Sultan of Brunei, who in turn swiftly sold it to Donald Trump for $29 million in 1988. After a huge refit, Trump renamed it Trump Princess. As you’d imagine, Trump’s refit wasn’t just adding a couple of deckchairs here and there: the yacht got the full works. A pool on the sun deck, a sauna, a cinema, an elevator, a disco and even a private hospital are just a couple of the amenities that Trump kitted it out with.

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The H on the helipad was also replaced by a T to stand for Trump, naturally

Holland-based re-fitters Amels completed the job for near $10 million according, to the  LA Times . The H on the helipad was also replaced by a T to stand for Trump, naturally.

In 1989, after the refit was completed, Trump announced to the world on Newsday that he would be building Trump Princess II, and it would be much bigger than Trump Princess – “something in excess of 400 feet long, closer to 500 feet”. In the same breath he said that he would be accepting bids from yacht builders for this project, but it was Amels, the company that completed the refit of Trump Princess, that secured the deal to build and develop the 128-metre Trump Princess II.

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One of the designs for Trump Princess II, originally created by Oliver Design

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Trump’s commissioning letter to Oliver Design

A year later, in May 1990, it was announced that Trump had actually gone ahead and bought Amels as an entire company. However, the VP of Trump’s investment empire later denied that the shipyard had been sold, due to Trump’s own financial difficulties – the culprit that eventually meant that he had to cancel the construction of Trump Princess II altogether. Two months after the acquisition, that Trump had, in fact, made, he sold Amels to American businessman Peter Kutell. That month, the Trump Princess was put up for sale and work on the Trump Princess II stopped. The next year, in 1991, Trump Princess was sold to Prince Al-Waleed for $19 million who renamed the yacht to ‘Kingdom 5KR’.

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Ex-Boyfriend of Donald Trump's Wife Melania Says She Was Never a 'Typical Slovenian Girl'

Melania Trump's ex-boyfriend describes how he met Melania in her hometown.

— -- Melania Trump was not a typical Slovenian girl, her former boyfriend Jure Zorcic told ABC News in an interview.

"She wanted to live abroad, in Italy, France, a life of fashion," Zorcic said, adding: "She was very fashionable."

But there were no talks about going the U.S: "I think it was very far from our minds at that time," he said.

"We met each other like in a movie," said Zorcic. "It was a hot summer day, in between wars in Slovenia [in 1991]. It was the beginning of a new political era for us, the city was empty, blocked by the army."

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He continued: "I was on my motorbike, and she has been walking down a street. As I passed by her, I had a moment and thought, 'Wow, who is this girl? She is so beautiful, I must turn back and follow her.'"

Zorcic stopped his motorbike, they started talking, and he took her for coffee, he recalled.

The couple dated for several months and spent summer days by the Croatian sea with a group of friends. Despite the brief time they spent together, Zorcic remembers Melania fondly. "It was a bit of shock when I met her," he said. "She is very special, that's the truth."

Zorcic added: "I was impressed by her beauty from the very first moment. She was very nicely dressed, and her behavior was classy. She was tall, had long hair across her face -- I could hardly see her eyes -- such style!"

He said she was wearing a full leather outfit and described it as "the most fashionable piece" he had ever seen.

Zorcic was surprised when Melania suddenly left Slovenia. After a few years of living in Paris and Milan, the young model moved to New York City. "She told me she had an offer with a hair care company, for a campaign -- that's why she went," he said.

Zorcic met Melania in New York in 2000 and described how surprised he was that his former sweetheart spoke to him in English rather then in Slovenian. "I asked her: did you forget that you are Slovenian?"

"She told me she spent her time travelling between New York and Fort Lauderdale in Florida and that she would never go back to Slovenia," he said.

Melania wed Donald Trump in 2005. "I think her marriage to Trump was fate," Zorcic added. "Nobody believed 20 years ago that she would live at the top of the world, on Fifth Avenue in Trump Tower -- even her!"

Did Donald Trump And Melania Spend A Fortune Designing Their 17-Acre Mar-A-Lago Estate In Palm Beach?

Donald Trump's Mar-A-Lago became world famous as the Winter White House and it is amazing to know how much it cost the former President.

From the moment Donald Trump turned himself into a famous business leader, there has been a lot of interest in how wealthy he is. In some cases, observers have focused on things like if Trump is going bankrupt and how rich his wives are . Not to mention how his June 2023 arrangement and federal charges will impact his business and political career.

Since the resort known as Mar-a-Lago arguably is the crown jewel of Trump's empire, many observers are fascinated by it. One aspect of Mar-a-Lago's history that many observers are unaware of is how much the resort cost Trump.

How Much Did It Cost Donald Trump To Renovate Mar-A-Lago?

Before Donald Trump willed himself into the middle of the political fray, there were loads of buildings that had his name emblazoned on them. Despite that, when Trump became the President of the United States, it was Mar-a-Lago that he labeled the Winter White House.

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When Trump's time as the President came to an end in January 2021, he further cemented the impression that he loves Mar-a-Lago by making it his permanent home. Since Trump seems to favor Mar-a-Lago over Trump Tower and his other real estate, it is fascinating to look at the resort's history.

Actually built by Marjorie Merriweather Post between 1924 and 1927, she left Mar-a-Lago to the National Park Service when she passed away in 1973. At the time, Post hoped Mar-a-Lago would host state visits or even become the Winter White House if the National Park Service owned it.

Ultimately, the government gave up ownership of Mar-a-Lago as they found it was too expensive to maintain. That resulted in Mar-a-Lago being put on the real estate market and Trump buying it for a reported $10 million in 1985.

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Once Trump took over ownership of Mar-a-Lago, he initially maintained it as a private residence. Then Trump made the controversial decision to convert most of Mar-a-Lago into a members-only resort which became a major source of income for him.

Before Mar-a-Lago was opened up as a business, Trump did extensive renovations to the famous building. While the full extent of the renovations done to Mar-a-Lago hasn't been revealed, some facts about the work that was done are known.

Of all the ways that Trump changed Mar-a-Lago, it could easily be argued that adding a ballroom was the most dramatic. According to Fortune, " Trump added a Louis XIV-style ballroom with $7 million in gold leaf on the walls and 40-foot ceilings"

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On top of adding a 20,000-square-foot ballroom, Trump also made a long list of other changes to Mar-a-Lago. For example, Trump converted Mar-a-Lago's library into a library bar and he installed spa facilities.

Trump also modernized Mar-a-Lago's grounds by adding several elements that customers could enjoy outside. Most notably, Mar-a-Lago's members can now enjoy the resort's five clay tennis courts and its croquet courts.

Unfortunately for Trump, he also got himself in trouble by erecting "a 24-metre flagpole and commensurately huge American flag on the club's grounds". Since the size of the flagpole broke Palm Beach's bylaws, Trump was fined $250 a day which eventually added up to a point where he owed $120,000.

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Instead of paying the $120,000 fine, Trump opted to sue for $25 million on First Amendment grounds. Ultimately, Trump and Palm Beach settled with "Trump agreeing to a pole that was only 70-feet high and a donation of $100,000 to veterans’ charities". Even when Trump agreed to the shorter pole, he still flew his flag higher than anyone else in town.

On top of all the work that Trump had done to Mar-a-Lago that has been listed here, he made a slew of other smaller changes.

Donald Trump and Melania Trump leaving the White House

As of the time of this writing, there is no way to know how much the work that Trump had done to Mar-a-Lago cost aside from how much Trump paid for gold leaf. The only other figure that can be reported is that the changes Trump made resulted in him donating $100,000.

That said, there is no doubt that it would have cost Trump a fortune to have the extensive renovations Mar-a-Lago underwent completed. In fact, even hiring the people who made the plans for Mar-a-Lago's renovations would have been expensive.

On the other hand, there is no doubt that the renovations done to Mar-a-Lago in the '80s and '90s didn't cost Melania Trump a fortune. The reason for that is Trump was married to Ivana Trump when he bought Mar-a-Lago and Marla Maples when he turned it into a members-only club.

How Did Donald Trump Feel About Mar-A-Lago's Recent Renovations?

In December 2020, it was reported that renovations were being done to Mar-a-Lago. According to CNN, the renovations were "undertaken to make the approximately 3,000-square-foot space feel larger and updated in preparation for the Trumps post-White House life".

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Of course, at that time Trump wasn't publicly accepting that he was going to leave office. Despite that, Trump must have accepted the possibility that he could be leaving the White House since he was having work done to the area of Mar-a-Lago that serves as his private residence.

For their report, CNN claimed to have spoken to an insider with knowledge of the renovations that were being done to Mar-a-Lago at the time. That insider claimed that Melania Trump and interior decorator Tham Kannalikham were the ones who designed the changes that were completed.

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Unfortunately for Melania Trump, the insider also claimed that once Trump saw the results of the renovations, the work that was done didn't rise to his standards . "He was not happy with it."

Worse yet, the insider also claimed that Trump was so unhappy with the renovations that he got into arguments with Mar-a-Lago personnel. "The source, who noted several loud, one-sided conversations with club management almost immediately ensued".

In the same report, CNN claimed that Trump was moody after seeing the renovations that were done to Mar-a-Lago. That said, there were many reports of Trump being upset at that time as he was still in the thick of fighting the 2020 Presidential election results.

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Donald and Melania Trump heading for 'new chapter' as she gives him a 'grin of approval'

The former President and First lady have recently faced accusations of turmoil in their relationship, but a body language expert has claimed Donald and Melania Trump are on track to turn over a new leaf.

Former President Donald Trump and once First Lady Melania have been forced to contend with a range of accusations about the validity of their relationship over the course of their 19-year marriage. And while just recently it was claimed that the paring was purely one of convenience , new revealing quotes from a ‘body language expert’ suggest that things may be on the up for the Trumps.

Melania ‘relaxed’ by Donald Trump’s appearance at Baron’s graduation

With an ongoing hush money trial leaving Trump facing 34 felony charges, it’s fair to say that he and Melania are enduring a rather stressful time at present. Yet, the former president was granted a day off from the trial to take in his son Baron’s high school graduation on May 17 – an event that a body language expert claims showed a more joyous side to the couple that we haven’t seen for a while.

Speaking to The Mirror, communications and body language professional Judi James said of Melania’s demeanor that the “wide, non-rictus smile visible under the brim of the hat” she showed indicated that the Slovenian-American was “more relaxed than usual”.

“She shows an attachment to her husband by the way her knees are angled towards him as they sit together, and as he stands to joke around, she leans back slightly to watch him with a grin of approval and humor,” explained James as she suggested the moment indicated the beginning of a “new chapter in the Donald and Melania narrative”.

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According to James, Melania wasn’t the only one who was able to detach from the ongoing courtroom stress while watching Baron receive his diploma.

Describing how Trump enjoyed the occasion, James wrote: “Here, at his son’s graduation, he is just every inch the proud, good-humored and even playful dad, happily show-boating to the crowds with a widely stretched, uplifted mouth smile that suggests a smug pleasure from seeing his son do so well”.

According to James, Trump is able to, at least on the surface, hide his stress rather well: “Trump’s body language here suggests a well-honed ability to compartmentalize his visible and emotional state and responses.”

Interestingly, the body language expert also noted that the 18-year-old graduate, towering Barron , looked “like the adult in the room”, a far cry from the “displays of awkward diffidence” the teenager was associated with previously.

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Melania Trump says Donald's youngest son, Barron, won't be a Florida RNC delegate — report

  • Barron Trump has declined Florida's offer to serve as a Republican National Convention delegate.
  • Florida Republicans had chosen Barron to nominate his father, Donald Trump, at the RNC.
  • Other Trump children, including Eric and Tiffany, will be delegates.

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Barron Trump, 18, has declined Florida's invitation to serve as a delegate at the Republican National Convention (RNC) this summer, Melania Trump's office confirmed to the Daily Mail .

Florida Republicans had selected Barron Trump as a delegate to the RNC in Milwaukee this July, where he would have nominated his father as the presidential nominee.

The former first lady's office expressed her son's regret at not being able to participate in the convention due to undisclosed prior engagements. 

"While Barron is honored to have been chosen as a delegate by the Florida Republican Party, he regretfully declines to participate due to prior commitments," a spokeswoman for Melania Trump said in a statement first reported by the Daily Mail.

Other members of the Trump family, including Don Jr., Eric, Tiffany, and their partners, are delegates for the state of Florida.

Donald and Melania Trump moved their primary residence to Mar-a-Lago in Florida in 2019 .

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, had senior roles in the previousTrump administration, are notably absent from the RNC delegation.

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The Trump family connection at the RNC doesn't stop at Florida delegates. Donald Trump's daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, was elected co-chair of the RNC in February this year.

Lara Trump, married to Donald Trump's son Eric, was endorsed by her father-in-law before her election and vowed to prioritize the "number one and the only job of the RNC — that is electing Donald J. Trump as president of the United States and saving this country."

Barron's family has protected his privacy. He is rarely seen at official White House events and often travels separately from his parents. 

The young Trump's upcoming graduation from high school and the process of selecting a college amid campus protests have taken precedence in his decision-making process. 

As he graduates from Oxbridge Academy in suburban West Palm Beach, Barron's role in shaping the Trump dynasty's political narrative remains to be seen, but the Republican presidential candidate trusts his son's advice.

"He is a smart one," Trump said of his youngest, per The Hill .

Donald Trump is getting a day off from his hush-money criminal trial to attend Barron's graduation ceremony.

Melania Trump has been largely absent from her husband's campaign trail and his hush-money criminal trial in New York.

She made a rare public appearance as a guest of honor at a fundraiser for the Log Cabin Republicans, an LGBT+ political faction, at Mar-a-Lago last month.

Business Insider contacted Melania Trump's office for comment.

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Ex-Aide Reveals What 'Humiliated' Melania Trump Did After Stormy Daniels News

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A former aide to Melania Trump said former President Donald Trump ’s looming trial in the Stormy Daniels hush money case could be causing some stress in their marriage.

“I spent a ton of time with her when the news was breaking about Stormy Daniels,” Stephanie Grisham said on CNN on Wednesday. “And she didn’t take it lightly at all.”

Daniels claimed to have had an affair with Trump from 2006-2007, while Melania Trump was caring for the couple’s then-infant child. Grisham said separate allegations of an affair with Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal also led to tensions in the White House.

“We went to the State of the Union separately. She refused to walk out to Marine One with him because she didn’t want to be like Hillary Clinton and standing by her man,” said Grisham, who was chief of staff to the then-first lady before becoming White House press secretary under Donald Trump. “She’s a very independent and strong woman.”

She said she believed Melania Trump would “push” her husband to go on the witness stand during the hush money trial, which is set to begin next week, to defend himself in public.

“This is very, very embarrassing for her. It’s humiliating for her,” she said. “And I can guarantee you that she’s not happy right now and that he’s quite worried about that.”

The former first lady has made few public appearances since leaving the White House, and only occasionally posts messages or sales pitches for NFTs and other items on social media.

However, the former president has claimed she will hit the campaign trail soon.

“She’s going to be out a lot,” he said in February on Fox News .

So far, that hasn’t happened.

See more of Grisham’s comments on CNN below:

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