According to the New York Post, 48-year-old Knauss is Melania's best friend. She's apparently an artist who was Melania's maid of honor in her 2005 marriage to Donald Trump. Like the rest of the brood, Knauss is keeping it in the Trump family. According to public records, she lives in a $2 million apartment on Park Avenue in a building owned by the Trump Organization.
Apparently, both sisters left Slovenia for Milan in the early 1990s. Knauss wanted to work in the fashion industry as a designer. “She really wanted to be in fashion but didn’t know how to break in,” photographer Ale de Basseville (who snapped nude photos of Melania for a French men's magazine) shared. “Ines wasn’t like the other girls you would meet there, who behave like queens. She was really polite and very mellow.”
“They are very close,” said Palm Beach philanthropist Audrey Gruss. “She struck me as a lovely person, and extremely creative.”
The sisters have stayed close over the years and Knauss is reportedly very protective of the younger Melania. While others were spilling tea about Melania during the campaign trail, Knauss took to Facebook to share: “We all have good memories & lies are not good karma.”
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