Ivanka Trump vs Karlie Kloss: they might have married Kushner brothers Jared and Joshua, but Donald Trump’s daughter and the former Victoria’s Secret model couldn’t be more different
Once the two women were New York socialites circulating with the liberal elite, but ever since Ivanka’s father Donald Trump got into politics, Kloss hasn’t been shy about how much she opposes the family’s views.
As recently as January, however, it was clear that their differing views were a point of tension as Kloss publicly told a Twitter follower that she’d tried to reason with her in-laws over the January 6 insurrection in Washington.
“Accepting the results of a legitimate democratic election is patriotic. Refusing to do so and inciting violence is anti-American,” she tweeted in reference to Trump supporters storming the US Capitol. When a follower replied that she should tell that to her brother- and sister-in-law, Kloss replied: “I’ve tried”.
“Josh told Gary Cohn and others he was not allowed to bring Kloss to holiday family gatherings. For six years they refused to even meet her,” Ward wrote in her book, adding that the parents hoped their son would swiftly move on from someone they referred to simply as “the lingerie model”.
While Ivanka’s modelling career didn’t quite take off and her television gigs only came about as a result of her famous father, Kloss has enjoyed success hosting shows such as Project Runway and, of course, walking the runway herself in her heyday.
Ivanka has publicly shown her admiration for her sister-in-law on social media, but rather awkwardly, Kloss hasn’t been quite as gushing about The Apprentice star in return.
Women Who Work
Former White House adviser Ivanka has instead built her brand on championing women in the workplace and has raked in part of her fortune by selling career-oriented books, such as The Trump Card and Women Who Work. However, she and other members of her father’s administration have constantly been asked what they did to improve the lives of regular women. The women’s empowerment programme she embarked on while in the White House was deemed a failure by critics who claim she wasted taxpayers’ money.
On the other hand, in 2015, Kloss got back at those who looked down on her as nothing but a clothes horse by setting up an organisation that teaches girls how to code. She launched Kode with Klossy at just 22 years old, and has used her platform as a celebrity to feature women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) on her popular YouTube channel, earning her awards and recognition from the likes of fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg, who donated to her fund.
- Kloss voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016 and called the storming of the Capitol ‘anti-American’ on Twitter, while her husband is known to be a Democrat too
- Kloss hosted Project Runway and teaches girls to code with non-profit Kode With Klossy, while The Apprentice star’s White House initiatives were criticised