7 things to know about Ivanka Trump

Ivanka Trump is frequently seen with her father, President Donald Trump, as he meets with politicians, dignitaries and world leaders, but she started out as a model turned businesswoman.

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Here are five things to know about her:

1. Her name is actually the same as her mother's.

Born on October 30, 1981, in New York to Donald Trump and his first wife, Ivana, Ivanka Trump's name is actually a nickname. She said on Twitter in 2010 that her name is a Czech nickname. "My actual name is Ivana. In Czech, Ivanka is the baby name for Ivana, like Bobby is to Robert."

Her parents, who were married in 1977 and also are parents to Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, divorced in 1992. The split, which stemmed from Donald Trump's affair with Marla Maples, was covered in the tabloids for months.

2. She's a UPenn graduate.

Trump graduated from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business in 2004. Her Ivy League education at the school puts her in the company of other famous graduates, including Tesla's Elon Musk, lawyer Gloria Allred, singer John Legend and actress Elizabeth Banks.

3. She was a model.

Ivanka Trump took after her mother, who was a model when she met Donald Trump. Her last name helped her get a deal, according to The New York Times. In a 1997 article, it was reported that Monica Pillard, the president of Elite Modeling Management, saw Ivanka Trump at the age of 11 with her father, who was judging a new-talent contest for the agency. Since then, the Times reported, Trump and Pillard had "a longstanding, informal relationship." When Ivanka Trump turned 15, she signed with Elite.

For a few years in the late 1990s and early 2000s, she did a Seventeen magazine cover, an ad campaign for Tommy Hilfiger and worked as a runway model for Thierry Mugler and Vivienne Westwood.

4. She is a businesswoman.

Like her father, Ivanka Trump had a number of business ventures. In addition to making appearances and serving as a boardroom judge on her father's reality show, "The Apprentice," she was the CEO of her own lifestyle brand, Ivanka Trump. The brand included clothes, shoes and jewelry. She ended the fashion line in 2018, saying it was "the only fair outcome for my team and partners" as she worked in Washington.

5. She met her husband through a business lunch.

According to a 2015 Vogue profile, a commercial real estate broker and another friend set up a lunch for Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner in 2007, thinking they could do deals together. "They very innocently set us up thinking that our only interest in one another would be transactional," she told the magazine. "Whenever we see them we're like: The best deal we ever made!"

The two dated for two years. Trump converted to Judaism and married Kushner in 2009 in a lavish ceremony before 500 guests at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey.

6. She is a mother of three.

Trump and Kushner are parents of Arabella Rose Kushner, born in 2011, Joseph Frederick Kushner, born in 2013, and Theodore James Kushner, born in 2016.

7. She's an adviser to the president.

Trump's connection to the president as his oldest daughter has made her his right-hand person. According to her page on the White House website, "she focuses on the education and economic empowerment of women and their families as well as job creation and economic growth through workforce development, skills training and entrepreneurship." Still, she's been seen with world leaders in what appears to be a diplomacy role, which is not outlined on the Trump White House website.

Her husband is also a senior adviser to the president. Since 2017, Kushner has been White House innovations director. What exactly is involved in his role has not been made clear, although his security clearance has been a point of concern among intelligence officials.

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