Move over, Melania! 5 reasons why Ivana Trump is the real icon of the Trump family, from her controversial statements to being an ‘unofficial adviser’ to ex-husband Donald
Ivana’s got talent
The real power behind the president?
Ivana, 72, even claims Donald once offered her the position of ambassador to Czech Republic, according to a 2016 interview with the New York Post.
Meanwhile, after her daughter’s stint in office, she thinks Ivanka, 39, could become the first female US president.
She might be even more controversial than Donald
Being Ivana does not come without creating headlines; on various occasions she has courted controversy by saying what’s on her mind, with no filter. Ivana reportedly upset former first lady Melania Trump by telling ABC News that, “I’m basically first Trump wife. OK? I’m first lady”. The then-FLOTUS hit back at Ivana – who was promoting her latest book, Raising Trump, at the time – when her spokesperson retorted that Ivanka was using her platform to “to help children, not sell books”.
Ivana also faced a backlash in 2020 when she expressed controversial views about immigration on UK TV show Loose Women, despite being an immigrant herself.
Ivana really doesn’t care
Ivana says she enjoys getting to see her grandchildren but equally that she enjoys getting to hand them back after. “No need to change the diapers. Been there, done that. So it works perfectly,” she told Huffpost in 2013.
Throughout it all she’s remained glamorous
The former model never makes an appearance without her signature beehive hairdo and her grandchildren have clearly noticed. Ivanka, Eric and Donald Trump Jr.’s kids affectionately refer to her as “glam-ma”, she told Oprah on her show, Oprah: Where Are They Now?
- Trump’s Czech-born first bride has taken potshots at Donald’s other wives – Marla and Melania – and told Oprah Winfrey that her grandkids call her ‘glam-ma’
- She helped design Trump Tower, managed New York’s Plaza Hotel, turned Donald onto Twitter and claims to have been unofficial adviser before he was president