12 Interesting Things You Might Now Know About Ivanka Trump
Ivanka Trump had a successful life before she became a first daughter.
Most people know that Ivanka Trump is President Donald Trump's oldest daughter, but that's probably about all they know. There are more interesting things to know about her. Ivanka is the president's oldest daughter by Ivana Trump, his first wife. Tiffany Trump is the other first daughter by Marla Maples, Donald Trump's second wife.
1. Birth Name
First of all, Ivanka is not her birth name. She was born on October 30, 1981 in New York City to President Donald Trump and his first wife, Ivana Marie Trump. They named their oldest son Donald John Trump Jr. after his father. They named their only daughter and second child Ivana Marie Trump after her mother. Ivanka once tweeted that her real name is not Ivanka. Instead, she has the same name as her mother just like her older brother has the same name as their father.
Ivanka explained that her name is actually an endearing nickname like Bobby is for Robert. Besides, it was better to be called by her nickname to distinguish her from her mother when both of them are in the same place with others. All her life, she has used the Slavic diminutive form of Ivana.
2. Former Positions
Before Ivanka became the official advisor to her father, she had many positions, such as a model, businesswoman, socialite, television personality, and author.
Ivanka started out being a model when she was a teenager in high school. She was on the cover of Seventeen magazine when she was just 16. As a model, she has worked for some well-known designers such as Versace, Marc Bouwer, Thierry Mugler, Tommy Hilfiger, and Sasson Jeans.
The first daughter has authored two self-help books. The first book was released in October 2009, and became a New York Times Best Seller titled The Trump Card: Playing to Win in Work and Life. Her second book was Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules for Success that was released in May 2017.
In 2014, she launched a clothing line that sold shoes, handbags, and accessories. On July 24, 2018, Ivanka announced that she shut down her company in order to pursue a career in public policy instead of continuing her fashion business.
Ivanka attended Georgetown University for two years before transferring to the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree in economics in 2004. Her father also transferred to Wharton after two years at Fordham University.
English isn't Ivanka's only language. As a child, she learned French and knew some Czech.
4. Marriage and Children
Ivanka is married to Jared Kushner who also serves as senior advisor to President Trump. Both husband and wife have official, unpaid positions.
Ivanka was introduced to her husband by mutual friends. She began dating the real estate developer in 2005. They broke up in 2008 because Jared's parents objected to their relationship. They got back together and married in a Jewish ceremony on October 25, 2009, at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey that was attended by 0ver 500 guests.
It is interesting that while her husband paid for her 5.22-carat cushion-cut diamond, he bought it from Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry. She set the stone into her engagement ring herself at her own jewelry store.
The president's advisors are parents to three young children: Arabella (born 2011), Joseph (born 2013) and Theodore (born 2016). Ivanka has revealed that she suffered from postpartum depression after the birth of each one of her children.
Ivanka and Kushner lived in New York prior to the inauguration of President Trump. Then they moved into a house in the Kalorama neighborhood of Washington, DC. Former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos live in the same neighborhood.
6. Religious Affiliations
Ivanka grew up being a Presbyterian like the rest of her family. She converted to Orthodox Judaism in July 2009 before she married Jared Kushner. Ivanka is the first Jewish member of a first family. Her Hebrew name is Yael that means "God's strength."
She said in an interview with Vogue that she enjoys the Jewish faith. She keeps a kosher diet and observes the Jewish Sabbath along with her family. She added, “We observe the Sabbath from Friday to Saturday by not doing anything but hanging out with one another. We don’t make phone calls.”
7. Television and Broadway
Ivanka has been in the spotlight for most of her life. She made her television debut by hosting the Miss Teen USA beauty pageant in 1997 at the age of 15. She was on her father show, The Apprentice as well as having a feature role in Born Rich and making cameo appearances in Gossip Girl and being a judge on Project Runway.
Ivanka auditioned for the role of Cosette in the Broadway musical version of Les Misérables, but she wasn’t given the part.
She was offered an appearance on The Bachelorette, ABC's hit reality dating show in 2007. However, she declined the offer because she didn't see how it would help her career.
8. Eye Colors
Ivanka's original eye color is dark brown. The woman has been known to change her eye color depending on her audience. When appearing before fans and supporters, she is usually seen with her natural brown eyes. On other occasions, she had been photographed with blue and green eyes.
9. Donald Trump's Favorite Child
Donald Trump has admitted that Ivanka is his favorite child. He went so far once to admit that if Ivanka wasn't his daughter, he may very well be dating her. Members of Trump's family say they know Ivanka has always been Donald's favorite. When she was young, he used to show her off and describe her as "his creation."
Some critics have noted that Ivanka may have more power in the White House than Melania, the president's third wife. Critics have also noted that Ivanka is the only person in the White House who isn't expendable. They say many others have lost their position during the Trump administration, but Ivanka and Jared have job security.
10. Ivanka Trump and Chelsea Clinton
Before Hillary Clinton and her father faced-off for the 2016 presidential campaign, Ivanka donated $4,400 to Clinton’s Senate re-election campaign between 2006 and 2007. Several members of Trump’s family also donated to Clinton’s campaigns. So, at one time the Trumps and Clintons did get along.
Ivanka and Chelsea Clinton were close friends at one time. They had a lot in common, including being first daughters and married to Jewish men. The two women are around the same age. Chelsea is 40, and Ivanka is 38. They both have three young children, one girl and two boys. In fact, they were pregnant at the same time with boys in 2016. They are both published authors. They both were New Yorkers before Ivanka and Jared moved to Washington, DC with their family after Donald Trump became President of the United States.
The women promised each other that they would not let the presidential election of 2016 with both their parents running against each other ruin their friendship. Because Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were in such a bitter campaign, Donald said on more than one occasion that he wished the two young women were not such good friends because there was so much tension.
Ivanka and Chelsea's friendship did survive the campaign and the election of 2016. Since then, Chelsea has spoken out that Ivanka has supported policies and decisions that she doesn't agree with. Chelsea said they have not formally severed their friendship, but they have not spoken to each other in “a long time.” That certainly is not a sign of friendship.
11. Net Worth
It is hard to pinpoint Ivanka and Jared's net worth because their finances are self-disclosures. Ivanka is believed to be one of the wealthiest of the Trump family with an estimated net worth of $300 million. She and her husband may have a combined net worth of more than $800 million coming mostly from Jared's real estate businesses.
Even though Jared and Ivanka don't get paid for being Donald Trump's advisors, they get other perks, such as paid personal domestic and international trips as well as having collected more than $90 million from foreign investors.
Ivanka donates to a number of Jewish charities, including Chai Lifeline that cares for children with cancer. She also supports United Hatzalah, a volunteer-based emergency medical services organization that provides immediate medical help to the needy.
After she became an advisor to her father, Ivanka donated the unpaid half of advance payments for her book Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules for Success to the National Urban League and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. She stated that royalties received over the advances would also be given to her charities.