The stunning transformation of Ivanka Trump
Ivanka Trump, daughter of president elect Donald Trump, has had quite the life of her own, both professionally and personally. No stranger to the fashion world, Ivanka began modeling in her early teens, appearing everywhere from the cover of Seventeen to the Versace runway.
Since then, Ivanka’s displayed a remarkable transformation from heiress to fashion designer, businesswoman, wife, and mother and two-time published author. No matter what you might think of her father, there’s no denying that Ivanka Trump has both the fashion and business sense to carry her far in her own right.
She continued to evolve politically
Continuing her trend of not being categorically Republican or Democrat, Ivanka endorsed Mitt Romney for president in 2012 after having endorsed Hillary Clinton during the previous election. “I think he’s got great business intelligence, which is extremely important.” She said of Romney during a segment on FOX News in March of that year. “He strikes me as a very solid person who can handle the enormous pressures of the office.”
Then, just a year later in 2013, Ivanka and her husband hosted a fundraiser for Democrat Cory Booker’s U.S. Senate campaign and bundled contributions of more than $40,000. Based on her history, it seems like Ivanka may be one of the people you can believe when she says she is neither completely Republican nor Democrat.
Recognition for career and style
In 2007, the same year she launched the Ivanka Trump brand, Ivanka found herself on the Maxim Hot 100 list, showing the world that a business woman can be both wildly successful and sexy. Then, in 2012, she received the Joseph Wharton Young Leadership Award “for being a Wharton alumnus who, early in her career, has demonstrated great potential for leadership and lasting impact.”
2016 presidential election
From 2013 to 2015, Ivanka primarily received recognition from within her industries, mostly staying out of the limelight. Then her father, Donald Trump, announced his run for president. She has stood up for her dad about his remarks on immigration and the way he treats and feels about women.
She also served as the face of the campaign’s outreach to women, saying at her father’s party nomination that he “understands the needs of a modern workforce” and is committed to changing “outdated labor laws” to support women and children. She also spoke out about her father’s 2005 comments about groping women saying that he recognized the language was crude and apologized. Some questioned Ivanka’s support of her dad given her history of calling herself a “huge advocate for women and women’s issues.” She responded by vowing to be an advocate for women and Israel in her role in her father’s presidency.
The future of Ivanka’s brand
During and after the 2016 presidential election, women began calling for a boycott of all Trump-affiliated products, including Ivanka’s brand, and a full boycott of stores who continued to sell her brand. When asked about the boycott on Good Morning America, Ivanka said “People who are seeking to politicize it because they disagree with the politics of my father — there’s nothing I can do to change that.”
She went on to add “The beauty of America is people can do what they like, but I’d prefer to talk to the millions, tens of millions of American women who are inspired by the brand and the message that I’ve created.” While the Trump name may, to many, be in conflict with the “mercantile feminism” Ivanka’s brand represents, she doesn’t seem too worried about the future of her brand.
Ivanka today and in the future
Over the years Ivanka has added model, fashion designer, businesswoman, wife, and mother to her resumé while continuing to make fashion a priority, even on her dad’s campaign trail. She introduced her father as Republican presidential candidate in a $138 dress from her own fashion line, which shouldn’t come as a surprise — after all, she told Teen Vogue, “in working on my collection, I really designed only things that I personally would love to wear.”
Her friendships, ambitions, and personal beliefs have evolved just as her style has, but Ivanka’s mark on the fashion and business industry is timeless. Who knows what Ivanka will do next, but now that she’s house hunting in Washington D.C., we’re guaranteed to hear more about her over the next four years.