Ivanka Trump, from model to mogul: inside the life of Donald’s daughter

The daughter of the real estate tycoon has dedicated much of her professional life to the family business. Will his race for the White House help or hurt her?

Ivanka Trump, like her friend Chelsea Clinton, doesnt like the press very much. Perhaps thats understandable coming from the daughter of Donald Trump, who grew up with outrageous headlines targeting her parent making the newsstands with alarming regularity. One of them a quote from his then mistress Marla Maples spelled THE BEST SEX I EVER HAD.

In a 2007 interview with GQ, Ivanka described the media at that time as vicious and brutal, as she recounted being accosted by photographers outside the exclusive all-girls Chapin school in Manhattan. One of them asked her for a comment on whether it was true that her father was good in bed. She was nine.

It taught me not to trust anyone, she said. You can never let your guard down, and I never really have since that time.

Ivanka might not without cause loathe journalists and want to avoid interactions with the press that dont advance the brand, but the daughter of the Republican frontrunner is going to have a tough time avoiding the spotlight in months to come, especially if she resumes campaigning for him, and if she grants more media appearances to support him now that shes dedicated birth to her third child. Her father had barely been shy about utilizing her calm and efficient public persona to his advantage before she took a break in advance of Theodores birth.

Though Ivanka tends to shy away from discussing his specific policy prescriptions, by all indications shes completely supportive of his ambitions, even if shes to indicate that she quibbles with some of what hes said hell do in the White House.

Hes my father and I love him and I fully support him. Im always there for him if its helpful, she told Town& Country this year. She added 😛 TAGEND

In a political capacity, I dont[ challenge his statements ]. Its his campaign. I dont feel thats my role. But I would challenge him as small children. Thats what children do. Arabella challenges me every day. People ask me, do I ever disagree with my father? It would be a little strange if I didnt.

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Donald Trump patting his expecting daughter Ivanka Trump while celebrating victory in the South Carolina primary in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Photo: Jim Watson/ AFP/ Getty Images

Away from the campaign trail, Ivanka is busy. Over the past decade, the 34 -year-old entrepreneur has sold everything from baby shoes and high-end jewelry to resort branding bargains and luxury real estate. People want what she is selling. The topic, which some have already started to ask, is whether they will continue to support her brand when its inextricably linked to her parents commentaries about Mexicans, women and Muslim people.

Any businesswoman would suspect those commentaries might be bad for business, and Ivanka has already seen companies such as NBC and Macys cut ties with her father over some of his more incendiary comments. But personal loyalty comes first in the Trump family, who seems to regard adversity as a challenge to overcome to build strength. In fact, Ivanka often says that her parents divorce and the subsequent media coverage brought the family closer together.

After her mothers messy and very public divorce, Ivana enrolled her children in boarding schools to avoid being hounded by the media. Though Donald was arguably responsible for some of the most vicious media coverage, Ivanka wrote in her book that she never blamed her father for the ensuing chaos. Rather, she said, the divorce brought me closer to my father. Not because I was taking his side, but because I could no longer take him for granted.

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Ivanka Trump attends her birthday party and Valentines Day party with her mothers, Donald and Ivana Trump. Photo: Ron Galella/ WireImage

Ivanka soon ended up at the prestigious Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Connecticut.Though her older brother found boarding school a relief, Ivanka told Town& Country: I just wanted to get the hell out of Wallingford and she did, kind of, by becoming a model at age 14.

She first had to make a deal with her parents they told her she could model as long as she got the schools permission, didnt miss class and maintained her grades. The school, she wrote in her book, was harder to convince, but she used the fact that theyd awarded similar leave to a student who was training to be an Olympic skier, so I employed precedent to my advantage and got what I wanted.

It was, she has said, the first step in doing something on her own not related to the family business and the first time doing something with which her mothers werent initially thrilled.

Signed to Elite Model Management, Ivanka had a spread in Elle, appeared in Tommy Hilfiger ads, was featured on the cover of Seventeen in 1997, walked on a Paris runway for Thierry Mugler, did a charity event for Versace, and co-hosted the Miss Teen USA 1997 pageant all before she was eligible for a learners permit.

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Ivanka Trump on the catwalk at Paco Rabannes fashion show in Paris in the 90 s. Photograph: Daily Mail/ Rex/ Shutterstock

She didnt love modeling though, telling Marie Claire in 2007: Its as ruthless an industry as real estate the person or persons you fulfill in that business are just as fricking tough. In her volume The Trump Card, she says she realise on her second assignment the Tommy Hilfiger campaign that models were the meanest, cattiest, bitchiest daughters on countries around the world entitled, unsupervised, undereducated, pampered teens whose every success came as the direct result of someone elses disappointment.

After high school, she gave up modeling and went to Wharton business school. After graduation, she opted out of a undertaking working for her father to take an entry-level position with another New York real estate development firm, Forest City. When she started, she told Politico in 2015: I was doing grunt work along with 15 other fresh-out-of-college children, and she made $50,000 a year.

Ivanka wrote in her book that succeeding there meant that I could move on to the Trump Organization knowing I have something to offer beyond my last name. After two years at Forest City, she joined her fathers business, where shes since risen to the position of executive vice-president of acquisitions and development.

As such, she would probably argue that shes joined the highest ranks of women who work for her father, a line she used to defend her parents record on women rights in an interview with Town& Country. He 100% believes in equality of gender, she also told CNN. Socially, politically and economically I think hes one of the great advocates for women.

Though her detractors are quick to say that her meteoric rise at the family company in addition to her current position, she was also, from 2006 until last year, a magistrate on her fathers NBC reality show Celebrity Apprentice is little more than nepotism, Ivanka has an answer for them.

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Donald Trump, right, talks with his children Donald Jr and Ivanka in an elevator while visiting his Chicago offices and his 92 -story residential tower under building in 2006. Photo: Charles Rex Arbogast/ AP

No matter how different a career track we choose from our mothers, people will always say we wouldnt have gotten there if it hadnt been for our name, she told New York publication in 2004. And in the end, theres no way to tell if thats true or not.She told Politico in 2015 that she and her brothers utilized the skepticism and criticism as motivation to be better, to do more, to push ourselves harder.

Still, those who have is dealing with or mentored her hardly seem to find her mediocre.

Michael Ashner, the chairman and CEO of Winthrop Realty Trust, dealt immediately with a then pregnant Ivanka while negotiating the sale of the Doral, a Florida golf and resort property, in 2011. He told Town& Country in 2015 that shes one of the most capable businessperson Ive ever dealt with. I was surprised. I wondered if shed is just like her parent, or have any affectation. She does not.

In her personal life as well as her professional life, Ivankas apparently very much been the architect of the life she wants. In 2007 less than two years after the end of a long relationship with producer Bingo Gubelmann she told GQ I love flirting right now, after which she said: Like, I cant just waiting get married and have a bunch of little brats.( She said much the same to Marie Claire that year .)

Its possible that, by the time she did those interviews, she had already been introduced to her now husband, publisher and real estate heir Jared Kushner she told Vogue in 2015 that they had been set up on a business lunch. They marriage after she converted to Judaism in 2009, and she had her daughter Arabella in 2011, her son Joseph in 2013 and now Theodore.

She studied for her conversion to Judaism with Rabbi Haskel Lookstein at Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun on East 85 th Street a necessary condition for his family, which is Orthodox, to approve of the relationship.

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Jared Kushner and a pregnant Ivanka Trump with their children in 2016 in New York. Photo: Tal Rubin/ GC Images

Ivanka called the process of conversion an amazing and fulfilling experience, though she didnt feeling the need to be entirely serious about it. In a 2008 interview with New York magazine, she recalled the early days of her relationship: One of the gags I first started constructing when Jared and I first started dating is, Im a New Yorker, Im in real estate. Im as close to Jewish, with an i-s-h naturally as anyone can start off.

She told Vogue in 2015 that the family maintains kosher and told Town& Country that Friday evenings are for only our family a reference to practising Shabbat.

As for Kushners view on his wife, he once said: Theres not a lot of bullshit in Ivankas life. Living through everything that she saw as a kid, she has a very good filter on whats real, whats not, whats worthwhile, and whats not.

In the face of her fathers increasingly offensive political statements, some may question whether Ivankas bullshit filter is still running. Ivanka has a lot to lose perhaps even more than Donald himself, as hes already had a lengthy career and she has spent much of her adult life trying to be more than only the inheritor of his estate. Will her loyalty to her father ultimately assistance or hurt the family business to which shes dedicated much of her professional life?

Americans have always come running back to the Trump brand no matter what. Ivanka, like the rest of their own families, is banking that they still will.

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