By Tahiat Mahboob  

Before her latest job, she was an author, a businesswoman, and a model. And many believe she was the clincher in Donald Trump’s 2016 U.S. election victory.

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Here are 30 things you might not know about her:

1. Her full and real name is Ivana Marie Trump, like her mother's. She tweeted the explanation: “My actual name is Ivana. In Czech, Ivanka is the baby name for Ivana, like Bobby is to Robert.”

2. She was born in Manhattan on October 30, 1981.

3. She attended Chapin School in Manhattan, an exclusive all-girls day school — of which Jackie Kennedy was an alumna.

4. She attended high school at Choate Rosemary Hall, a boarding school in Wallingford, Connecticut. John F. Kennedy also went there.


5. She attended Georgetown University before transferring to the University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated with a B.S. in economics.

6. When she was 15, she hosted the Miss Teen USA Pageant, a pageant owned by her father.

 

7. She has modelled in fashion magazines and as a runway model. She appeared on the cover of Seventeen magazine, in ad campaigns for Tommy Hilfiger and Sassoon Jeans, and walked the runway for Versace, Marc Bouwer, and Thierry Mugler.

 

8. Besides fashion magazines and runways, she was also featured on the cover of Stuff magazine in August 2006, placed number 83 in the 2007 Maxim Hot 100, number 99 in the Top 99 Women of 2007, and number 84 in the 2008 edition of AskMen.com.

9. She dated cyclist Lance Armstrong and That 70’s Show actor Topher Grace.

10. When she was 8-years-old she danced in The Nutcracker at Lincoln Center.

11. She auditioned for the part of Cosette in Les Miserables on Broadway but did not get the part.

12. The reality TV show The Bachelorette offered her the lead role but she declined. “I’m flattered, but that in no way furthers my objective of being a great real estate developer,” she said in an interview.

13. Besides talk shows and news interviews, her television and movie appearances include a cameo in Gossip Girl, a guest-judge appearance on Project Runway, a featuring role in the documentary Born Rich, and on her father's television show, The Apprentice.

14. She has written two books: The Trump Card: Playing to Win in Work and Life (2009) and Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules for Success (2017).

15. In December 2012, she was elected to the board of the 100 Women in Hedge Funds, a non-profit organization for women in the finance and alternative investments industries.

16. In 2014, she made it onto the 33rd spot on Fortune magazine's '40 Under 40' list. In 2015, she was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

17. She was the lead negotiator on a Trump business deal in Miami in 2011. She scooped up a property with an estimated price tag of $1 billion for only $150 million.

18. She was also responsible for the $200 million renovation of the Old Post Office Pavilion in Washington, D.C. It was converted and renamed Trump International Hotel Washington, D.C.

19. Besides working for the Trump organization, she also has a namesake luxury brand. The merchandise includes, apparel, accessories, and footwear. Her fine jewelry line was discontinued in early 2017.

20. In June 2016, Italian footwear company Aquazzura sued her IT Collection for allegedly copying a pair of its shoes.


21. She had a stalker by the name of Justin Massler, who she took a restraining order out against in 2011. He was charged in 2012 with aggravated harassment of Trump and sentenced to to six months jail time, and five years of probation, during which he had to continue psychiatric treatment and medication. In November 2016, Secret Service caught him again outside Trump Tower.

22. She met her husband Jared Kushner in 2007 at a business lunch set up by a commercial real estate broker who thought they could do deals together. “They very innocently set us up thinking that our only interest in one another would be transactional,” says Ivanka. “Whenever we see them we’re like, ‘The best deal we ever made!”


23. She converted to Judaism and took the name Yael before marrying Kushner in 2009. She studied with Rabbi Haskel Lookstein at Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun on East 85th Street in Manhattan.

24. Of her three children, her eldest, daughter Arabella Rose has the initials of Kushner's two grandmothers. Her second child, son Joseph Frederick, is named for both of his paternal great-grandfathers.

25. Before their parents faced off in a presidential election, she and Chelsea Clinton were friends. Trump even donated money to Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential bid.

26. After her husband was appointed to the senior White House adviser role, she decided to step down from the management and operations of the Trump Organization to comply with ethics regulations. But she will continue to receive fixed payments from the real estate firm.

27. She joined her father's administration as an unpaid employee with the title Assistant to the President.

28. After an online petition, #GrabYourWallet urged people to boycott her line, retailer Nordstrom removed it from their website. Other companies followed suit. While her brand may have taken some hits with major retailers, one item that did very well was her fragrance. In February 2017, her perfume was a bestseller on Amazon.

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29. In December 2016, a coffee with Ivanka Trump was offered as a prize on the website of a New York company called Charitybuzz. The money raised would go to a foundation led by her brother Eric to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital of Tennessee. The auction raised ethical concerns and was later removed without explanation.

30. She and her family moved to Washington's Kalorama neighborhood in 2017. Some of her neighbours were not pleased. “No Parking” signs had appeared outside their house and Secret Service SUVs were taking up parking spots elsewhere on the block. Coincidentally, the neighbourhood is home to another presidential family — the Obamas.

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