Long before she took a job in the White House, Ivanka Trump became used to the spotlight.
When she was in elementary school, paparazzi followed her in an effort to get a comment on her parent’s very public divorce. She co-hosted the Miss Teen USA pageant as a teenager, appeared with her father on
The Apprentice as an adult and even made a cameo on the teen drama Gossip Girl with her husband Jared Kushner.
In a way, Trump was able to use her spot in the public eye her advantage: growing her career, first as a model then as a female executive in the family business and an entrepreneur for her own fashion line.
Before her father announced his run for President, Trump was never really the object of the criticism and derision she is experiencing now; her professional roles required no clarifying explanations. And, she remained largely removed from the political scene.
“After my father declared his candidacy, it became that all the things that I was doing that I was praised for, the same people, the critics, viewed them through this different lens. Somehow, all the same things they applauded me for as a millennial, as a female entrepreneur, were now viewed very cynically as opportunistic,” she told the
New York Times.
These criticisms will likely continue to dog her. But she’s the subject of such curiosity and fascination because its clear she has the full admiration and trust of her father. What remains to be seen is how and when she will use that influence.
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Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka Trump,
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Portrait of Ivanka Trump for Harper’s Bazaar..2007
NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 09: Ivanka Trump (6th L) and Jared Kurshner (6th R), owner of the New York Observer, attend the Narciso Rodriguez 2008 Fashion Show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2008 on September 9, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Loud/Getty Images )
BEDMINSTER, NJ – OCTOBER, 25: In this handout image provided by Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump (L) and Jared Kushner (R) attend their wedding at Trump National Golf Club on October 25, 2009 in Bedminster, New Jersey. (Photo Brian Marcus/Fred Marcus Photography via Getty Images)
©2010 RAMEY PHOTO August 19, 2010 – Porto Cervo – Sardinia Ivanka Trump,the daughter of Ivana and Donald Trump, is spending a few days on holiday with her husband Jared Kushner. CPE/MB (Photo by Philip Ramey/Corbis via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH – JULY 21: Ivanka Trump waves to the crowd as she walks on stage to deliver a speech during the evening session on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump received the number of votes needed to secure the party’s nomination. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicked off on July 18. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump, with her husband Jared Kushner and their children, depart after her father President Donald Trump formally signed his cabinet nominations into law, Friday, Jan. 20, 2107, in the President’s Room of the Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, Pool)
epa05735190 Ivanka Trump (C) arrives at the US Capitol in Washington before the inauguration of US President-elect Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States in Washington, DC, USA, 20 January 2017. Trump won the 08 November 2016 election to become the next US President. EPA/SAUL LOEB / POOL
TOPSHOT – From L to R : Vanessa and Donald Trump Jr, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner salute the crowd after dancing on stage during the Freedom ball at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. / AFP / Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 1: President Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka walk to board Marine One as they head to Dover Air Force Base from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC on Wednesday, Feb. 01, 2017. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sits alongside Ivanka Trump (R), daughter of US President Donald Trump, during a roundtable discussion on women entrepreneurs and business leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, DC, February 13, 2017. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) and Ivanka Trump (R) talk before a meeting with US President Donald Trump and business leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House March 17, 2017 in Washington, DC.
US President Donald Trump on Friday welcomed German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the White House for talks expected to focus on their differences over NATO, Russia, global trade and a host of other issues. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump, the daughter of President Donald Trump, attends a news conference with President Donald Trump and Jordanís King Abdullah II in the Rose Garden at the White House, Wednesday, April 5, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 24: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump listens while his daughter Ivanka speaks during a video conference with NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station in the Oval Office at the White House April 24, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Molly Riley-Pool/Getty Images)
epaselect epa05927289 US President Donald J. Trump’s daughter and assistant Ivanka Trump (L) walks among steles at the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, also called the Holocaust Memorial, in Berlin, Germany, 25 April 2017. Ivanka Trump attended the W20 conference to promots womenís economic empowerment. EPA/CARSTEN KOALL
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Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump board Marine One to join United States President Donald J. Trump as they depart the White House in Washington, DC for a trip to New York City.
Donald Trump departs the White House, Washington DC, USA – 04 May 2017