The untold truth of Ivanka Trump

Ivanka Trump had already reached socialite fame thanks to being the daughter of Manhattan real estate mogul Donald Trump. But her celebrity profile burst through the stratosphere when her father shockingly won the U.S. presidency in the intensely polarizing 2016 election. Soon, Ivanka went from being a mogul of her own right in the fashion world to a chief advisor to the President of the United States. But how much does the world really know about Ivanka? Here's the untold truth about the most powerful first daughter in American history.

Her real name isn't Ivanka

When Ivanka was born in 1981 to parents Donald and Ivana Trump, she was actually given her mother's name Ivana, and according to Us Weekly, that's what's listed on her birth certificate. As for how she became Ivanka, we're assuming it's a nickname because Ivanka disclosed the information without providing any background. Also, Ivanka is a diminutive form of her mother's name Ivana, which is common in Chechen culture.

Jennifer Lopez dissed her modeling career

At age 14, Ivanka decided she wanted out of boarding school and negotiated her way into a modeling career, according to The Guardian. "She first had to make a deal with her parents – they told her she could model as long as she got the school's permission, didn't miss classes and maintained her grades. The school, she wrote in her book, was harder to convince, but she used the fact that 'they'd granted similar leave to a student who was training to be an Olympic skier, so I used precedent to my advantage and got what I wanted.'"

Ivanka quickly made a name for herself after signing with Elite Model Management and landed several covers along with a Tommy Hilfiger campaign, but ultimately the industry wasn't for her. "Models were the meanest, cattiest, bitchiest girls on the planet … entitled, unsupervised, undereducated, pampered teenagers whose every success came as the direct result of someone else's disappointment," she told Marie Claire.

And Ivanka wasn't joking about the cattiness, which was often brought on by her famous last name. "She never stood a chance to have a normal modeling career because her name was associated with her dad," former Elite employee Aubrey Roatta told The New York Times who recalled an unfortunate incident. "'She's only here because of her dad,' Jennifer Lopez remarked within earshot of the teenage Ivanka at a movie premiere." Whoa! Easy, JLo.

She's had some famous boyfriends

Before settling down with real estate developer Jared Kushner, Ivanka had her share of famous boyfriends. In 2006, she went on several dates with Lance Armstrong, but according to People, "the relationship never got out of first gear." And, yup, that was a bike pun. Sorry about that.

However, Ivanka quickly rebounded that same year with That '70s Show star Topher Grace, and People reported the two were spotted getting very close at her 25th birthday. But things quickly fizzled just like with Armstrong, and it turns out the problem was bringing them home to meet dad.

"I was too smart to bring home a date or a boyfriend," Ivanka told CNN (via the New York Post). "I was not going to subject boyfriends to the scrutiny of my father or mother, for that matter, unless I was 100 percent sure." While Ivanka would ultimately subject her now husband Kushner to Donald Trump for inspection, that didn't stop her taste for famous men.

Her celebrity crush is Christian Bale

In 2015, Ivanka participated in Us Weekly's "25 Things You Don't Know About Me" feature where she confirmed her undying love for a certain Batman star. "My most enduring celebrity crush would be Christian Bale — purely on a looks basis. I've never met him!" And she wasn't kidding. Eight years earlier, she gushed about Bale in an interview with Marie Claire.

"Aesthetically, Christian Bale is like a god — I find him to be so good looking. I mean, he was great in American Psycho. Very attractive," she told the magazine. And for the record, she's drooling over Bale's role as a serial killer. We're just throwing that out there.

However, in recent years, Ivanka's tastes may have softened as she was famously seen making eyes at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, according to The Guardian. Granted, he's not a murderous Wall Street broker like Bale's American Psycho character, but he does have the bod.

She auditioned for Les Miserables on Broadway

Despite having no known acting or musical experience besides dancing in The Nutcracker at the Lincoln Center as a kid, Ivanka revealed to Us Weekly that she auditioned for the lead role of Cosette in Les Miserables on Broadway. Needless to say, "it didn't work out," she told the magazine. Was this an example of hoping to use her famous name to open doors, or simply a young woman chasing her dreams? Only Ivanka knows for sure.

She quietly supported Tiffany Trump

While Ivanka and her brothers soaked up the spotlight as Trump's most famous children, he had a less well-known daughter Tiffany from his marriage to Marla Maples. But despite the fact that Trump had cheated on Ivanka's mother with Maples, Ivanka handled the emotional situation well and after the tears, she made sure that her half-sister was an essential part of the family.

According to Vanity Fair, Ivanka encouraged Trump to provide Tiffany with a credit card while she attended the University of Pennsylvania. And the two became even closer during her father's campaign and presidency. "Not only does Ivanka give her younger sister 'politics advice, boy advice, and sisterly advice,' Vanity Fair writes. "But she also gives advice on things like 'this is the color that looks best on camera' or, when wearing a dress, 'make sure when you sit down you cross your legs.' Basically, 'all the things she picked up from being famous.'"

Tiffany's next move is to secure a law degree, and we're sure Ivanka will be there every step of the way.

She donated to Hillary Clinton's campaign in 2008

As the 2016 presidential election became one of most divisive moments in American history, it must've been extremely awkward for Ivanka. Prior to Donald and Hillary winning their respective primaries, the Trumps and the Clintons were actually close friends. In fact, Ivanka even donated money to Hillary's 2008 campaign, according to Slate. Awkward.

But despite the polarized events that saw her dad become the leader of the free world, Ivanka had nothing but kind words for her longtime friend Chelsea Clinton in the days leading to the inauguration. "She's been a friend of mine long before the campaign, through the campaign . . . and will be a friend of mine after," she told 20/20 via New York Daily News.

However, it should be noted that Ivanka and Chelsea weren't exactly speaking at the time. "I haven't spoken about the specific challenges about this next chapter with her just yet but I intend to," she said.

She didn't offer maternity leave to employees

As part of her unorthodox advisory role in the White House, Ivanka positioned herself as a "women's advocate" who had her father's ear on issues like maternity leave and reproductive rights. Both of which have have had some unfortunate bumps in the road under the Trump administration, according to Vogue. But things got especially shady for Ivanka when it was revealed that she wasn't exactly the best boss to pregnant employees.

"Marissa Kraxberger, a former executive who was pregnant when Ms. Trump offered her a job in the summer of 2013, recalled asking her future boss about paid leave," The New York Times reports. "She described Ms. Trump as saying, 'Well, we don't have maternity leave policy here; I went back to work one week after having my child, so that's just not something I'm used to.'" Oof.

The good news is that the company began offering paid maternity leave and flexible working hours a year later, according to the Times, which shows that Ivanka is willing and able to evolve her thinking and empathize with others. That's never a bad thing.

Her dad really sounds like he has a crush on her

And now for the elephant in the room. As the 2016 election heated up, it didn't take a long for the media to discover that Donald Trump has made some pretty awkward remarks about Ivanka's looks. And we're not talking about your run of the mill, embarrassing, overly proud dad remarks. These went just a tad too far. According to The Independent, the situation started in 1997 when a 17 year old Ivanka hosted the Miss Teen USA pageant and Trump asked Miss Universe, "Don't you think my daughter's hot? She's hot, right?" And it only got worse from there.

"In the almost 20 years since, Mr Trump has called his eldest daughter 'voluptuous.'" The Independent reports. "He's said it's OK to describe her as 'a piece of a**,' though she is a senior executive in his business empire. And he's said that, if she wasn't his daughter, 'perhaps [he'd] be dating her.'"

That's gotta be awkward. But apparently it didn't faze Ivanka who'd later to go to bat for her father and tell an audience in Germany that Trump is an "empowerer of women."

She defends Trump's questionable history with women

A month before Election Day, a controversial recording of Donald Trump bragging to Access Hollywood host Billy Bush about groping women leaked to The Washington Post. The situation was so bad that Trump himself issued a rare apology. Ivanka also came to her father's defense with a statement to Fast Company. "My father's comments were clearly inappropriate and offensive and I'm glad that he acknowledged this fact with an immediate apology to my family and the American people."

However, behind the scenes, Ivanka was furious. Even worse, her father had initially tried to deny that he made the remarks, but after his team including Ivanka saw the record, he had no interest in apologizing until "his daughter's eyes welled with tears, her face reddened, and she hurried out in frustration," according to The New York Times.

And yet in April 2017, Ivanka would defend Trump as an advocate for women while attending a panel in Germany. "I know from personal experience, and I think the thousands of women who have worked with and for my father for decades when he was in the private sector are a testament to his belief and solid conviction in the potential of women and their ability to do the job as well as any man." Incidentally, the crowd responded with boos.

Her role in her dad's administration is pretty sketchy

When Ivanka officially joined her father's administration in March 2017, it was an unprecedented and controversial move. The Chicago Tribune went so far to say it "threatens our national security" because of the Trump family's numerous foreign investments could impact their policy-making. But things got really sketchy when Ivanka's company started applying for trademarks for China.

"China knows that to deny these applications would get a negative reaction from the president, and to expedite their approval would get a positive reaction from the president," a watchdog group told CNN.

However, The Ivanka Trump Company told CNN this is just "normal course of business" and it was only reacting to a "surge" of third parties trying to copyright the first daughter's name. And while that sounds pretty reasonable, the ethical concerns of mixing Ivanka's brand with foreign policy probably isn't going to go away anytime soon.

She's trying to find a balance

While it's clear that Ivanka is a staunch supporter of her father, as any daughter would be, she's also a fiercely ambitious executive who genuinely believes in empowering women in the workforce and balancing that with her dad's administration. Which is no easy task. But if there's one person who can sway Trump, it's his favorite daughter who's shown herself to be a driven self-starter and a tough negotiator in her own right. She made Donald Trump say he's sorry. How many people can say that?