Updated on August 8th, 2018
Ivanka Trump has already been dubbed the most powerful first daughter since Alice Roosevelt Longworth by The New York Times before her father even moved into the White House.
President Donald Trump‘s eldest daughter, Ivanka Trump, has become an increasingly visible presence in the White House.
For years, Ivanka has been making headlines for everything from her wealth, to her style, to her controversial marketing tactics. Let’s find out 6 things you need to know about Ivanka, who’s Donald Trump’s biggest supporter and most trusted advisor:
1. Ivanka’s Real Name Is Ivana
Ivanka was officially given her mother’s first name, Ivana, when she was born on October 30, 1981. Ivanka is a diminuitive of Ivana in Czech, her mother’s nationality. Ivana was Donald’s first wife. After they tied the knot in 1977, they had three children: Ivanka, Donald Jr., and Eric. The couple divorced in 1992.
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2. She Used To Be A Model
According to The New York Times, the first time she ever appeared on TV was in 1997, when she co-hosted the Miss Teen USA pageant. When she was 15, Ivanka landed modeling gigs with the likes of Versace and Tommy Hilfiger.
3. She Owns Her Dad’s Business Savvy Attitude
She joined the Trump Organization in 2005, and in her most recent role as Vice President of Acquisitions and Development, she spearheaded some of the company’s most high-profile deals—including the recent $200 million transformation of the historic Old Post Office in Washington D.C. into a lavish hotel. According to the Trump Organization’s website, Ivanka co-founded Trump Hotels with her brothers Eric and Donald Jr., and was responsible for managing the hotels’ interior design as well as their international real estate
In 2007, Ivanka kick-started a luxury jewelry collection. A few years later, she started her own fashion label—the Ivanka Trump Collection—complete with clothes, shoes, handbags, and more designed for working women. Ivanka also launched a lifestyle website associated with her fashion brand that provides career and fashion tips to women.
4. She Met Her Husband On A Blind Date
Ivanka met her husband Jared Kushner—an entrepreneur, investor, and real estate developer who also owned The New York Observer—in 2007. She converted to Orthodox Judaism (Kushner’s faith) before the pair exchanged vows in 2009
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5. She Loves Her Family
Ivanka and her husband have three children: Arabella Rose, 5; Joseph Frederick, 3; and Theodore James, 10 months. The endless photos of her kids’ smiling little faces on Instagram and Twitter shows just how important making time for her family really is to her.
6. She’s A Self-Proclaimed Advocate For Women
Ivanka has been an outspoken advocate for certain key women’s issues. During her speech at the Republican National Convention, Ivanka made a case for equal pay for women, better child care options, and paid maternity leave.
However, Ivanka faced criticism when the Washington Post reported that G-III (the company that designs and distributes her clothing line) does not offer its employees paid maternity leave.