Monday, June 22, 2020

the last book I ever read (The Art of Her Deal: The Untold Story of Melania Trump, excerpt four)

from The Art of Her Deal: The Untold Story of Melania Trump by Mary Jordan:

Today, it seems as if Melania left few traces in Milan. There are different explanations for the lack of information and also why so many people are so hesitant to talk about her. “I choose to forget,” said one person, explaining why he denied knowing her until I showed him a picture of the two of them together. The early 1990s were particularly tumultuous in Milan. Italy was reeling from a massive political corruption scandal that would lead to the indictments of more than three thousand people and realign the nation’s politics. The arrests began the year Melania arrived. At the same time, some modeling firms were also being investigated for not paying taxes, for ripping off models, and for not getting proper immigration papers for their foreign models. But Borgogelli, who worked for her first agency, also offered another reason. He said being assoacited with Melania is not a credential highlight. “She was not a big model. Yes, she did some catalogs. But for agents, you want to say, ‘I can make you a supermodel,’ not, ‘I can make you the wife of a rich man.’ It’s better in the industry to be known as ‘I can make you Cindy Crawford’ rather than the wife of [former Italian prime minister Silvio] Berlusconi or Trump.”

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