The New York Times hailed Ivanka Trump as “The Most Influential First Daughter Since Alice Roosevelt Longworth.” Indeed, Donald Trump gives her more power than any of his wives, valuing her opinion possibly more than anyone else. During her father’s presidential campaign, Ivanka was credited with Donald’s paid maternity leave policy – a first for a Republican nominee. Donald passes the phone in her direction when asked about women’s issues, even though she insists that her role in the administration will simply be the daughter. Hard to believe, since Ivanka already makes personal calls to members of congress about childcare herself.
What is believed is that she will take on the role of First Lady. Before Ivanka got involved in politics, she was busy building her own empire – an empire meant to “inspire and empower women to create the lives they want to live.” But Ivanka has her own secrets that she doesn’t want to be exposed. These are the very secrets that could crumble her entire empire. Everything is not as it seems. Here are 15 very private details Ivanka Trump does not want you to know.
15. Cosmetic Work Done?
14. Married to The Mob
13. Her Relationship Troubles
12. 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.
11. Hosted Secret Dinner Parties
10. She’s A Luxury Feminist, Not A Real Feminist
9. Used Trump Campaign to Promote Clothing Line
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.” Naturally, this created a lot of backlash and people have begun to question Ivanka’s true motives for her involvement in her father’s presidential campaign. Republicans ignored the self-promotion and praised Ivanka for wearing a frugal dress (under $200), compared to Chelsea Clinton‘s dress worth over $2K, which she wore to the DNC.
8. Her Sales Pitches Have Already Increased
This brings us to our next entry, which is the topic of Ivanka Trump using every possible opportunity related to her father’s presidency to promote her fashion line, which caused a lot of backlash in the process. She stirred up a lot of controversy 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.
7. The Truth About The Relationship With Her Father
Some psychologists have also weighed in on the topic of their relationship, saying that children with narcissistic parents often learn to prioritize their parents’ emotional needs over their own out of fear of abandonment. Ivanka seems to clearly dote on Donald, so there could be some truth in this (it’s called pathological accommodation if you were wondering).
6. 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.” First of all, Ivanka seems to always have business on her mind, just like her father. Both have been accused of using his political platform as a means to do business. 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.
5. Her Clothing Line: Sweatshops, Flames & Rabbit
4. She Tried To Stop A Trump Campaign Ad
3. 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 (never mind, of course, that single women, fathers and those who adopted children were not included in this plan). 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.” Whoa! Sorry, Ivanka, but not all of us are as privileged to have nannies on call to care for our children. While Ivanka’s company issued a statement that said the company does offer paid maternity leave now, it was a long and hard road to get there.
2. “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 was meant to inspire and encourage women to work at 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…”
1. She Doesn’t Appreciate Her Help
When you think of Ivanka Trump, it is probably of a woman who “does it all.” Her brand is created around this very image, after all. 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. The problem is that Ivanka allows these contributors in her life to pass by completely unacknowledged. Refusing to acknowledge all of the women (and men) that make her life possible allows her to perpetuate the image of a woman doing it all – perhaps the biggest lie Ivanka has ever sold us.