Can You Recognize The First Lady In All Of These Throwback Photos?

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Senior Airman Jordyn Fetter

From model to stay-at-home mom to First Lady, Melania Trump has lived a life that most only dream of.

Have you ever wondered just how much Melania has changed from her modeling years? Has the stress of being First Lady taken a toll on her like many First Ladies before her? Then look no further - here are 50 photos of Melania Trump from the early 2000s to now!

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September 25, 1998

If you're wondering why Melania looks so young, that's because she was only 28 years old! She had only met Donald Trump just one month prior to taking this photo.

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Public Domain

September 2000

2000 must have been a good year, because she got to meet Bill Clinton at the U.S. Open!

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William J. Clinton Presidential Library

September 2000

And here she is again with Donald Trump, Bill Clinton, and swimsuit model Kylie Bax.

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Greg E. Mathieson Sr./REX/Shutterstock

April 28, 2001

This photo was taken at the after-party for the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner with Donald Trump. Foreshadowing, perhaps?

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Steve Eichner/Penske Media/REX/Shutterstock

September 8, 2003

Melania and Donald Trump made an appearance at an event hosted by Vogue. Less than a year after this photo, the two would become engaged.

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Steve Eichner/Penske Media/REX/Shutterstock

September 13, 2004

Here she is promoting Marc Jacobs' 2005 spring line. Throughout her modeling career, Melania worked with some pretty famous photographers including Patrick Demarchelier and Helmut Newton.

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Keith Smith/Penske Media/REX/Shutterstock

June 8, 2005

Melania is shown here at a party honoring fashion editor Andre Leon Talley's book A.L.T. 365+.

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Jim Smeal/BEI/REX/Shutterstock

September 16, 2005

The married couple celebrated the US Weekly's Young Hot Hollywood 20 of 2005.

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Gregory Pace/BEI/REX/Shutterstock

October 27, 2005

Melania, along with the rest of the Trump family, attended the 22nd annual "Night of Stars" gala in New York.

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via Facebook @MelaniaTrump

May 8, 2007

Everyone knows how iconic the looks are at the Met Gala, and this one was surely no different.

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via Facebook @MelaniaTrump

May 5, 2008

The following year, her Met Gala dress was even more on-trend (although a bit dated now) with a hot pink, mermaid gown.

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via Facebook @MelaniaTrump

November 10, 2008

Here Melania and her husband attended the MoMa film benefit gala at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

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via Facebook @MelaniaTrump

May 4, 2009

If there's anything we can deduce about Melania, it's that she loves her Met Galas! Here she is in 2009.

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via Facebook @MelaniaTrump

June 25, 2009

Melania was serving looks at the 37th Annual Police Athletic League Superstar Award dinner in NYC. Also in attendance: Donald Trump, Regis Philbin and Bill Clinton.

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via Facebook @MelaniaTrump

Aug 19, 2009

Here, Melania and Donald pose for a photo at the NYC Premiere of The September Issue. Did you know Melania began her modeling career at the young age of 16?

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via Facebook @MelaniaTrump

April 27, 2010

Melania posted this photo of her on the set of Good Day New York looking absolutely stunning.

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via Facebook @MelaniaTrump

November 1, 2010

Melania posed with Michael George, who was awarded E-Tailer of the Year at the 14th Annual ACE Awards presented by the Accessories Council .

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via Glenn Francis,

February 25, 2011

Here she is promoting her jewelry line at the QVC Red Carpet Style Party.

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via Facebook @MelaniaTrump

March 4, 2011

While we know when this photo was posted, when don't know exactly when this photo was taken. But we do know that it was in partnership with Vogue and QVC for their "25 to Watch" ad campaign, and she looks gorgeous!

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via Facebook @MelaniaTrump

April 8, 2013

Melania was backstage at The View to promote her skin care collection. She also a jewelry line through QVC!

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via Facebook @MelaniaTrump

April 29, 2013

Melania is out front of her dressing room for a taping of the Wendy Williams show.

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Matt Baron / BEI via Shutterstock

October 28, 2015

Melania attended the CNBC Republican Presidential Debate as her husband began his presidential campaign.

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The White House:

November 24, 2015

Here she was seen speaking at another presidential campaign for Donald Trump.

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Wikimedia Commons

February 8, 2016

Here Melania can be seen standing next to Donald as he campaigns for the presidential elections.

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January 20, 2017

Melania stood in support of her husband during the 58th Presidential Inauguration. She would be the second First Lady to be born outside the U.S. - the first, Louisa Adams and wife of John Quincy Adams, was born in England.

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Staff Sgt. Alyssa C. Gibson

January 20, 2017

That same day, Melania was spotted in an elegant, form fitting white dress as she danced with her husband during the Liberty Ball.

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Casa Rosada (Argentina Presidency of the Nation)

April 27, 2017

Melania has been a fashion icon for quite some time now, and this day was no different. She was seen walking with Juliana Awada wearing a military-inspired jacket and matching skirt from the Altuzarra Spring 2017 runway collection.

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Official White House photo by Andrea Hanks

May 21, 2017

Her smile seems genuine as she plays with the kids at the American International School in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, during Donald Trump's first foreign trip as president.

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Official White House photo by Andrea Hanks

May 24, 2017

Later that month, she spent time speaking to and coloring with children at Bambino Gesu Children's Hospital in Rome.

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Senior Airman Delano Scott

September 15, 2017

Here she is addressing armed forces members at Joint Base Andrews. Did you know Melania is the first first lady to be born and raised in a communist country? She's come a long way, both in geography and government!

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Senior Airman Jordyn Fetter

September 15, 2017

That same day, she also visited the JBA Youth Center to thank the families of service members for their sacrifice.

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Official White House photo by Andrea Hanks

October 11, 2017

Melania spoke with Canadian First Lady Sophie Grégoire Trudeau and wore an outfit that honestly still inspires me to this day.

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November 7, 2017

Melania had a busy November, beginning the month by visiting South Korea, followed by a trip to Alaska and China.

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Staff Sgt. Westin Warburton

November 10, 2017

She was seen leaving Alaska after attending the Month of the Military Family Celebration event held at the Arctic Oasis.

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PAS China

November 11, 2017

While she visited the Great Wall of China, Melania is giving - dare I say - total Anna Wintour vibes! Love it!

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Official White House photo by Andrea Hanks

December 13, 2017

In the holiday spirit, Melania participated in Toys for Tots at the Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling. Does this remind you of anything? (Cough, cough...Princess Diaries..cough, cough...)

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Voice of America

January 30, 2018

Melania was looking vibrant in a cream pantsuit by Christian Dior and white silk blouse from Dolce & Gabbana at her first State of the Union as FLOTUS.

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Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks

February 5, 2018

Melania is seen here playing with some of the patients at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital.

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Official White House Photo Andrea Hanks

April 16, 2018

Melania seemed contemplative as she visited the "Prescribed to Death" opioid memorial.

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Official White House photo by Andrea Hanks

May 7, 2018

At her policy initiative launch, "Be Best", Melania greeted students who were in attendance. Since marrying Donald Trump in 2005, Melania has taken on various philanthropic causes, so it only makes sense that she would start her own!

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Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead

July 12, 2018

Ok technically this photo doesn't show Melania's face, but this dress was the star of their arrival at Blenheim Palace, so we're making an exception.

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Official White House photo by Andrea Hanks

July 19, 2018

Melania is seen meeting one of the 15 student members of Microsoft's Council for Digital Good. We're loving that coat on her - very Clueless!

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Official White House photo by Andrea Hanks

July 24, 2018

During her visit to Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital, Melania spoke to four-year-old Essence Overton and many others as part of her "Be Best" campaign.

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via Senior Airman Tristan Biese

December 12, 2018

Here she can be seen waving to children at Joint Base Langley-Eustis.

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Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead

December 26, 2018

Just the day after Christmas, Melania was seen at a briefing with military leadership members in Iraq.

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Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks

January 25, 2019

Honestly, we don't even know if something eventful happened this day, but we think this outfit alone is quite the event.

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Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks

February 13, 2019

First Lady of Colombia Mrs. Maria Juliana Ruiz Sandoval and Melania took a walk as President Trump welcomed Colombian President Iván Duque Márquez to the White House.

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Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks

April 27, 2019

Melania and Mrs. Akie Abe, wife of the Prime Minister of Japan, posed for a photo during a tour of the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum in Washington, D.C.

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Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks

May 14, 2019

Melania was honored at the 2019 Congressional Spouses Luncheon. She's come a long way from her early 2000s modeling career!

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Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian

In Conclusion...

We're sure being First Lady of the United States is no easy task, but from her modeling career at 16 to being FLOTUS today at 49, Melania Trump seems to have aged with grace.