Melania Trump's ex-roommate Victoria Silvstedt reveals first lady wanted to be like Sophia Loren

One woman knows firsthand what it was like to be Melania Trump's roommate, and she is dishing about her time living with the woman who would later become the first lady.

Victoria Silvstedt was a fresh-faced model with Melania back in the 90s and both were determined to rise to the top of the fashion industry. 

Silvstedt called Melania “the perfect roommate,” saying she was “clean, neat domestic. I don't think I could have asked for a better roommate, actually.”

Their apartment was a sixth-floor walk-up in the heart of Paris, not far from Notre Dame Cathedral.  

She says for fun they used to cook at home and make simple dishes like tuna salad, they didn’t go to fancy restaurants nor did fancy cooking. 

She says they stayed in shape by running up and down the stairs to their building. 

“We had staircases — no elevators — so we had to run up and down the stairs quite a lot," she said. "As a model, you gotta to keep active."

Silvstedt, who was born in Sweden, revealed that Melania idolized screen legend Sophia Loren.

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“I remember back then, she was telling me how, ‘One day I would like to be like Sophia Loren,'" Silvstedt said. "Obviously she was her style icon." 

The two models wound up moving to New York. Silvstedt was named Playboy's "Playmate of the Year" in 1997 before becoming the face of Guess Jeans. 

Silvstedt has been closely watching her old roommate’s first year as first lady and thinks Melania Trump is doing "a great job." She added that some of her criticism has been unfair.

"Whatever goes [on] around her, she is calm," she said. "She has class." 

Silvstedt says it is “kind of surreal” that she used to live with America’s first lady. 

“She was my roommate — it's cool," she said. "She's the first lady. That's America. Anything is possible in America, right?" 

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"Melania Trump was born in Slovenia in 1970, making her the only first lady to have been born outside the US other than Louisa Catherine Johnson, the wife of John Quincy Adams. (She was born in England, though her father was an American merchant.)"

"She started modeling in the late '80s and moved to New York City to pursue a career in 1996."

"While modeling in Europe, Melania reportedly learned to speak in five languages, making her the most linguistically gifted first lady in American history."

GQ

"Once she moved to New York, friends say that Trump avoided parties, choosing instead to exercise, go to bed early, and eat healthily, friends say. She reportedly consumes seven pieces of fruit a day."

"Donald Trump met Melania at a party in 1998, which he attended with another date. Melania refused to give him her number at first, but later asked for his and ended up calling him a few days following."

"The couple married in 2005 at a star-studded wedding where the guests included Matt Lauer, Katie Couric, Kelly Ripa, Barbara Walters, Rudy Giuliani — and Bill and Hillary Clinton."

Vogue

"Barron, their son, was born in 2006. While the Trumps have staff to help with cooking and housework, they reportedly didn't hire a traditional nanny, and Melania frequently helps Barron with his homework and takes him to sports practices."

"When Donald Trump began his presidential run, Melania Trump was happy to stay in the background."

"Her first major political scandal took place when she reportedly copied parts of her Republican National Convention speech from a speech Michelle Obama had given at the 2008 Democratic National Convention."
"The scandal didn't slow down the Trump campaign. Melania Trump officially became the first lady of the United States in January 2017."
"The scandal didn't slow down the Trump campaign. Melania Trump officially became the first lady of the United States in January 2017."
"When the first lady and the president were together, people had a lot to say about their body language. During a trip to Israel in May — President Trump's first trip abroad since he took office in January — much was made of the seemingly odd body language between the pair."
"In May, Trump faced her first true scandal as first lady when she wore a $51,500 Dolce & Gabbana jacket to at the annual G-7 summit in Catania, Italy. Critics slammed her for wearing an outfit that cost more than most Americans earn in a year."
"Following the incident, Trump toned down the pricey clothing, though she still wore a $1,380 Balmain shirt to Michelle Obama's vegetable garden."
"In June, soon after Trump and Barron finally moved into the White House, her parents came to visit. Many were struck by how much her father, Viktor Knavs, looked like Donald Trump."
"Melania faced another fashion scandal in August when she was spotted wearing sky-high stilettos heading to an area devastated by Hurricane Harvey. (She changed into more appropriate clothing on the plane.)"
"And, she faced drama outside of fashion when Ivana Trump, the president's first wife, called herself the real first lady in October. Melania's spokeswoman called Ivana's comments "attention seeking and self-serving noise.""
"Perhaps the strangest thing to happen to Melania Trump yet in her first year as first lady is the rise of a bizarre conspiracy theory that she has a body double. The theory is based on little evidence other than one bad photo of Trump and the fact that she has a secret service agent who looks strikingly similar to her."
"While Trump hasn't taken any major political stances as first lady, she's started quietly taking action on a handful of issues. Initiatives include speeches to address bullying and solo trips to speak with those affected by the opioid crisis."
"Along the way, she's become the most popular Trump in the White House. According to a CNN poll, the first lady has a 48% approval rating, compared to the president's 38%."
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