When Donald Trump became the 45th president of the United States of America, his entire family was thrown into the spotlight (though they were already pretty well known before that). His daughter, Ivanka, is one of his most trusted advisors and goes almost everywhere with her father since he took on the country's most important job. However, for all the pictures we see of her, none of us really know who Ivanka Trump really is...
She Hated Boarding School
Ivanka attended the Chapin School in Manhattan before being sent off to Choate Rosemary Hall, a boarding school in Wallingford, Connecticut. She said boarding school life was like being in a prison and hated being away from her friends in New York City.
She Encouraged Her Father To Run For President
Donald Trump has said multiple times that Ivanka played a huge role in his decision to run for president. Apparently, she called him and urged him to go for it. In 2015, she was the one who officially announced his candidacy.
She Once Supported Hillary Clinton
When Hillary Clinton launched her first presidential bid against Barack Obama back in 2007, Ivanka donated $1000 to her campaign. She lost to Obama, but had a lot of support from high profile women like Ivanka. Who could have predicted that just eight years later they would be political rivals?
She Was A Successful Model
Now known more for her business endeavors within the fashion industry, many people don't know Ivanka was once a model. She has been featured on the covers of Seventeen and Harper's Bazaar, and has appeared on the runway for Versace.
Not Just A Pretty Face
Don't be fooled by her good looks and successful modeling career. Ivanka attended the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, where she studied a Bachelor of Science in Economics. While she was there, she didn't mess around - she graduated with the highest distinction.
Ivanka wasn't born into the Jewish faith, but she converted to Judaism in 2009, just before she married her husband, Jared Kushner. She follows all the rules, including a kosher diet and observing the sabbath. Their children are also being raised Jewish.
According to sources close to Ivanka and husband Jared Kushner, the couple religiously switch off their phones on Friday night and keep them off all the way through the weekend, in order to spend uninterrupted time with their three kids.
She Defends Her Dad
Despite Donald Trumps frequent controversial outbursts, Ivanka always has his back. Even when it comes to women. "Look, my father is very blunt. He's very direct. He is not gender-specific in his criticism of people," she has said to mainstream media outlets.
Only One Shoe Brand
Ivanka takes advertising for her clothing line so seriously that she won't wear any other shoes except the ones branded with her name. She has never bought shoes from anywhere else since starting her fashion label (except for athletic shoes).
Named After Her Mother
Ivanka is named after her mother, Ivana, who was Donald Trump's first wife and originally from the Czech Republic. They are both named Ivana, but Ivanka's name was slightly altered by adding a 'k' in order to avoid any confusion.
Nordstrom Ditched Her
During her father's controversial and unprecedented presidential campaign, the mega department store, Nordstrom, dropped her fashion line. Though Nordstrom claimed it was due to her brand underperforming, the general thought is that they didn't want to align themselves with the Trump campaign.
Ivanka is passionate about women having a place in the workforce, and even wrote a book to inspire them, titled "Women Who Work." The book has been criticized due to what many perceive to be her head start in life.
Fashion Faux Pax
Though her fashion label has enjoyed relative success in major department stores and online, it hasn't existed without controversy. Animal rights group, PETA, has criticized her for using real rabbit fur, while some claim she has stolen other designers' ideas.
In 2006, Ivanka filled in for Carolyn Kepcher on Donald Trump's then very popular show, The Apprentice. She appeared in five episodes where she showed up on project sites, asked questions of the team, and evaluated contestants in the final boardroom scenes.
Her Parents-In-Law Didn't Approve
Though her family is thriving now, Ivanka almost missed her chance with Jared Kushner. The pair, who started dating in 2005, broke up in 2008 due to Kushner's family objecting to the union. The couple ended up reuniting and getting married in 2009.
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