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What Does Melania Trump Do Now? She's Focused On Her Son Barron

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Melania Trump is a former model from Slovenia, a mom, and jewelry and watch designer. She is also married to real estate mogul Donald Trump, the Republican presidential nominee. What does Melania Trump do now professionally? The woman hoping to be America's next First Lady focuses on raising her 10-year-old son Barron.

The Slovenian-born former model has mostly stayed outside the political spotlight during the presidential campaign trail – until she delivered a speech on the opening night of the RNC earlier this month that would later become the center of controversy, and countless memes. The speech lifted passages from First Lady Michelle Obama's 2008 speech at the DNC. After days of speculation and denial from the Trump campaign, a Trump speechwriter later released a statement acknowledging the plagiarism.

But prior to the now infamous speech, Melania explained to Harper's Bazaar in January, why she opted to stay out of the spotlight:

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves next to his wife Melania Trump after accepting the party nomination on the last day of the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016, in Cleveland, Ohio. / AFP / Timothy A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

The jewelry designer also told Harper's Bazaar that she put some of her business endeavors, like her skin-care line (including a caviar moisturizer) and her timepiece and jewelry collections for QVC, on hold to focus on Barron while Trump continues the campaign trail.

"Fashion is a tough business," she said. "I have a lot on my plate right now, and I'm busy enough. I don't have a nanny. I have a chef, and I have my assistant, and that's it. I do it myself. You know, those hours with your child are really important ones, even if it's just the two of you, being quiet in the car together."

In an interview with Parenting.com last year, Melania shared some details about her jewelry line, naming a bracelet she designed as a replica of a bracelet her parents gave her as a child as her favorite piece in the collection. She also told Parenting.com that she designs pieces in her collection herself:  

As for her role on the campaign trail, according to recent polling data by Gallup, Melania polls at a 28 percent favorable rating and 32 percent unfavorable. Although Melania has indicated that her main focus is raising Barron, it will be interesting to see what the potential first lady will do on the campaign from now until November.