The most influential woman in America or the blonde everyone loves to hate – Here are 7 things you may not know about Ivanka Trump

Ivanka Trump is educated, converted to Judaism to marry Jared Kushner and doesn’t get a salary for her White House gig. Photo: AP

She’s been dubbed “the first daughter”, “America’s princess” and one of the “most influential women in America”. And since her father Donald Trump became the 45th president of the United States of America, Ivanka has been in the eye of the storm.

Privileged, powerful and prosperous, Ivanka has become a global household name. But what of the woman always at her father’s back? Here are seven surprising facts about the blonde everybody loves to hate.

Photo via Instagram / @ivankatrump

Ivanka is not her real name
The world knows her as Ivanka but her name is actually the same as her mother, Ivana. There’s nothing suspicious about the change though.

As it turns out, in Czech the name Ivanka is a diminutive for Ivana. Trump’s eldest daughter explained the difference in a tweet.

Photo via Instagram / @georgetownuniversity

Georgetown – it’s a Trump thing:
Listen, if you’re a Trump then Georgetown is where you’ll study at some point. Eric Trump has a degree in finance and management from the prestigious university while Tiffany Trump recently graduated from its law programme. Ivanka was no different – she was a student in the MSB programme for two years before transferring to study business.

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As a restless teenager, Ivanka Trump took up modelling – because she could. Photo: AP

Yeah, she modelled
When Ivanka was just 15 she moved to boarding school in Connecticut. She said that she missed her friends in New York City so much, that she took up modelling as a sort of refuge.

“I used it as an excuse to travel. I used it as a way to break up the monotony,” she told Marie Claire.

Photo via Instagram / @ivankatrump

She converted to Judaism:
Religion was a sticking point in her relationship with Jared Kushner, so much so that they briefly split in 2008. Kushner and his family are orthodox Jews and eventually Ivanka decided to convert. She underwent a strict conversion process under the instruction of Rabbi Haskel Lookstein and now keeps her house kosher and raises her children as Jewish.

The end of gal pals Chelsea and Ivankac
As children of presidents and outspoken politicians, they never used to let their friendship become collateral damage. But since the end of Trump’s presidential campaign and after years of friendship, Chelsea Clinton and Ivanka have not seen eye-to-eye. Clinton admitted in a recent interview that they had not spoken in ages and Ivanka, as a special adviser to her father, should be more open to criticism about his policies. Ouch!

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Ivanka Trump in the Oval Office of the White House. Photo: EPA-EFE

Working in the White House sans salary
She may be her father’s right-hand woman, officially serving as a presidential adviser, but she does not get a salary. And neither does her husband, Jared Kushner, who is an assistant and senior adviser to Trump.

Photo via Instagram / @ivankatrump

This mum believes in routines
Being a mum to three and an adviser to the president means that Ivanka’s schedule is kind of full. In her book, Women Who Work, she explained that she has routines that enable her to spend quality time with her kids.

Note: This story was originally published on SCMP and has been republished on this website.

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