What Slovenians Really Think About Donald Trump and His Wife Melania

Slovenians are torn on their feelings about the power couple.

ByABC News
March 8, 2016, 3:38 PM

— -- Donald Trump and his wife Melania are the talk of the town in the United States, but what about in Melania's home country of Slovenia?

"More Hollywood then White House," Martin Cec, a young Slovenian, told ABC News when asked to describe the Trump couple.

Melania, known in her country as Melanija Knavs, was born in Sevnica, a small town in Central Slovenia an hour away from the capital city of Ljubljana.

In high school, she moved with her sister Ines from the industrial town to the capital, where Melania was soon scouted as a model. At 18, she embarked on a career in fashion, which led her to New York in 1996. It was there that she met Donald Trump and the pair married in 2005.

Back in Ljubljana, most know about Donald Trump and his wife, but many say the 45-year-old seems to have forgotten about her country. "She's ashamed to be from Slovenia," said 15-year-old Ema Novakovic.

Others are proud of Melania's success and happy that she's leading such a glamorous life. "We're a small country so everybody who succeeds in the big world is a story of success," resident Roberto Gorenc said.

"She's where [she is now] because she was searching for a better life, and she found [a] husband across the sea," said local teacher Tina Sifrar.

If Donald Trump is elected president, Melania will become the first foreign-born first lady in almost 200 years.

"She's fit for a first lady," said Gorenc, adding: "She can [behave well] in high society."