Here are a few secrets that people don’t know about Ivanka Trump.
1. Cosmetic Work Done?
Ivanka Trump is a beautiful woman, no one can deny that. She was on Maxim’s Hot 100 list in 2007 and the Top 99 Women of 2007 list. While she has not confirmed that she has had any work done, the general consensus among the public is that she had a nose job and underwent breast augmentation at some point in her early twenties. Indeed, if you’ve looked at her before and after pictures, her nose looks narrower than it used to and her breasts, well, not so narrow.
2. Married to The Mob
Ivanka married Jared Kushner, a real estate mogul and New York observer owner/ publisher, who will serve as a senior advisor in the Trump administration. Kushner’s father, Charles “Charlie” Kushner (below), spent time in prison for tax fraud and witness tampering – a total of two years. The older Kushner was also convicted of making illegal campaign donations.
3. Her Relationship Troubles
The older Kushner was also convicted of making illegal campaign donations. When he found out that his sister’s husband, William Schulder, was cooperating with the investigation, he then framed him by hiring a prostitute to seduce him and have it filmed. The film was then sent to his sister! Jared and his father have been described as particularly close.
4. Another Party-Loving Socialite
Although Ivanka Trump has left her socialite image behind in favor of a women-empowering, political one, the truth is that Ivanka once lived that socialite life. She was even friends with Paris Hilton! She dated Topher Grace! Although her socialite days are in the past, she still uses marketing tactics from popular socialites like Kim Kardashian. For the Huffington Post, Hannah Seligson writes that “She’s a marketing genius—a split between Sheryl Sandberg and Martha Stewart—who has figured out how to use female empowerment to sell lace crop tops and floral printed bags.” We couldn’t agree more.
She masters this whole marketing thing again in her book, The Trump Card. In one part, Ms. Ivanka recounts once tried to sell lemonade with her brothers when she was a child, but because they lived in an area that did not have a lot of people walking by, Ivanka remarked that “We had no such advantages.” Ivanka wants to diminish her wealth, but it ends up being a really see-through move.
5. She Hosted Secret Dinner Parties
In the days leading up to Donald Trump’s inauguration, Ivanka Trump is reportedly already wheeling and dealing when it comes to her own political agenda. Reports have surfaced that Ivanka has been hosting “secret” dinner parties with powerful women, her most recent one which was inside Wendi Murdoch’s home.
Aside from Murdoch, her guest list also included powerful CEOs. The purpose of her most recent dinner party, according to one attendee, was for Ivanka to gain insight regarding how to promote women’s economic empowerment from women who know about such things.
6. She’s A Luxury Feminist, Not A Real Feminist
We aren’t here to call Ivanka Trump a fake feminist (a recently published article written by Jill Filipovic has argued that already) but, Ivanka’s brand of feminism is problematic, since Ivanka profits off of her “feminist, empowering message.” On the surface, we agree with Ivanka’s touting of “choice” feminism – that women should have the choice to do what they want to do and there’s a certain empowerment in that. For example, she says that “Whether you’re working at raising a family, whether you’re working in a corporate capacity, whether you’re freelancing and doing both, that’s okay. We all have to architect the lives that we want to live and really break that sort of stereotype of what being a woman who works looks like.”
7. Used Trump Campaign to Promote Clothing Line
While many have called Ivanka Trump “Donald Trump’s secret weapon,” – she was intrinsic to Donald’s paid maternity leave plan – some have questioned her motives in doing so. The motive in question is, in true Trump fashion, business. Throughout the campaign, Ivanka would wear her fashion line to various events and then Tweet out a link to where the fashion item could be purchased. After her speech at the GOP convention, for example, she Tweeted, “Shop Ivanka’s look from her #RNC speech.”
8. Her Sales Pitches Have Already Increased
She stirred up a lot of controversies when she used her appearance on 60 Minutes as a means to promote her jewelry line, specifically the $10,800 bracelet she was wearing during Donald Trump’s first televised interview after becoming President Elect. After the interview, she sent a promotional e-mail, which advertised the bracelet, saying it was her “favorite bangle.” Many were not thrilled. And this time, at over $10K, she couldn’t pull the frugal card.
9. The Truth About Her Relationship With Her Father
Donald trusts his daughter’s opinion and it has been said that he gives her more authority than any of his wives. She keeps Donald in control. Yet, details about their relationship have emerged over the years that have questioned the extent of their relationship. The man who penned Donald’s autobiography, Tony Schwartz, worked with Donald for at least a year said that “I never once saw Ivanka Trump in his office and I never heard him once mention her name.” When a former Wall Street Journal writer spoke to Donald about Ivanka around the time her first book was coming out, the writer said that when asked what Ivanka’s favorite food was, he said: “She likes lots of foods.”
10. Ivanka Is Donald, The Sequel
This was the title of an article published by Business Insider, a controversial one to be sure. Although Ivanka Trump is the quieter one with much more social awareness than her father, even Ivanka has said herself that, “Gosh, I sound like my father, don’t I? But that’s what you get from this particular daddy’s girl.”
Ivanka has also been involved in her own share of shady business transactions, just like her father. One of the more recent ones to come to light was when she donated $500 toward Florida General Pam Bondi’s election fund, which put an end to the investigation of Donald Trump’s alleged fraud regarding Trump University.
11. Her Clothing Line: Sweatshops, Flames & Rabbit
Ivanka Trump’s fashion line has been shrouded in controversy. For one, it has come to light that the majority of Ivanka’s fashion line is actually produced outside of the US. In fact, the majority of the line is produced in both China and Vietnam, two countries that are very well known for their poor labor conditions.
Then there’s the fact that her clothing line uses rabbit fur, specifically in a winter hat sold at Nordstrom, which caught the attention of PETA and other animal welfare groups. As recently as 2016, some of her pieces had the ability to catch on fire, failing to meet flammability standards, most likely because they were produced outside of the US.
12. She Tried To Stop A Trump Campaign Ad
In the days leading up to Donald Trump’s win, many people were arguing for the boycott of Ivanka Trump’s clothing (#GrabYourWallet) due to her continued support of her father in spite of all of the sexual abuse allegations. While Ivanka brushed off the topic, it would appear that privately, she is concerned about her business.
We know this because she stopped the airing of a TV ad in support of Donald, an ad that was targeted toward suburban women. In the ad, Ivanka said that “My father not only has the strength and ability necessary to be our next president but also the kindness and the greatness of heart that will enable him to be the leader that the country needs.”
13. Her Employees Struggled For Paid Maternity Leave
It was easy to say “you go girl!” when Ivanka Trump was promoting six weeks of paid maternity leave in the midst of her father’s presidential campaign. And then headlines surfaced that the women working for Ivanka’s own company had to fight “long and hard” for paid maternity leave with her company only very recently beginning to offer it.
This bombshell was dropped by the former creative director/officer of Ivanka’s clothing line. The woman, Marissa Velez Kraxberger, was two months pregnant when she asked about paid maternity leave during her interview. Ivanka’s response can only be described as shocking and insensitive. Kraxberger wrote, “When I asked about maternity leave she said she would have to think about it, that at Trump they don’t offer maternity leave and that she went back to work just a week after having her first child.”
14. “WomenWhoWork” Is Damage Control
Ivanka Trump has created a brand around her “WomenWhoWork” campaign. She has a lifestyle website and a fashion line designed for young, working women, offering everything from career advice to fashionable business attire. Ivanka is the poster girl. In reality, however, Ivanka didn’t have anything to do with creating her brand. Even more shocking is that this #WomenWhoWork initiative came about (at least according to a former employee) as damage control because the women at her company had to fight long and hard to get what they deserved.
In a Facebook post, a former employee Marissa Valez Kraxberger, wrote, “Our team–the ones who created WomenWhoWork and the ones who the hashtag really stood for–fought long and hard to get her to finally agree to 8 weeks paid maternity leave… The company and the #WomenWhoWork platform we created were meant to inspire and encourage women to work on all aspects of their lives and live the lives they wanted to live, but before our eyes, she took the platform and made it all about herself…”
15. She Doesn’t Appreciate Her Help
She’s a successful businesswoman who raises three children, all the while looking perfectly polished at all times. You will never see Ivanka looking less than her best. What makes all of this possible, however, is the domestic help living in the shadows of Ivanka’s own life. There is certainly nothing wrong with having a nanny or house cleaner. In fact, there should be much less shame involved in it, especially when we all know she can easily afford it.