After Donald Trump takes office on January 20, his five children will be in the spotlight more than ever before. You’ve probably heard of Ivanka, the soon-to-be first daughter. And then there’s Donald Jr. and Eric, the eldest sons, notable for publicly backing up every wince-worthy tweet the President-elect makes. Plus, there’s Barron, the ten-year-old child who appeared next to Trump during his victory speech. Trump’s fifth kid, though, is 23-year-old Tiffany, who somewhat appears to be the black sheep of the family. And you probably won’t know these 20 things about her.
20. Her boyfriend is a registered Democrat
While Trump and his whole family are staunch Republicans, Donald’s potential future son-in-law most definitely isn’t. In fact, Tiffany’s boyfriend Ross Mechanic is a Democrat – perhaps why Trump doesn’t mention him much. Hmm, those family get-togethers must be awkward!
19. She was born out of wedlock
“I’m not the kind of guy who has babies out of wedlock and doesn’t get married and give the baby a name,” Donald Trump said to Vanity Fair in 1993. But in fact he’d already had a baby out of wedlock, as Tiffany was already a few months old when her parents married. She did, however, get the Trump name.
18. Her father is proud of her “to a lesser extent”
While talking about his kids on Election Day 2016, Donald Trump told Fox & Friends just what he thinks of his youngest daughter. “I’m very proud, because Don and Eric and Ivanka and – you know, to a lesser extent ’cause she just got out of school, out of college – but, uh, Tiffany, who has also been so terrific,” he said. Oh dear.
17. She was left out of an ad featuring Trump’s other adult children
In September 2016 Donald Trump Jr. shared a campaign advertisement on his father’s behalf. And while the image featured himself alongside siblings Eric and Ivanka, Tiffany, the fourth of the adult children, was nowhere to be seen. On the other hand, since the ad was promptly mocked and turned into a meme, maybe she dodged a bullet.
16. She’s posted “racy pictures” on her Instagram
While the Trump campaign was in full swing, Tiffany’s Instagram came under scrutiny. And like many women her age, it was revealed that she’d previously posted bikini pictures and flirty snaps – enough for tabloids to dub her “racy.” Though we wouldn’t exactly call them racy, it remains to be seen if she’ll take them down once Trump is President.
15. She was named after one of her father’s business acquisitions
Donald Trump likes to brag about his business sense, but even he wouldn’t name a daughter after a business deal, right? Wrong! Back in the ’80s, Trump shelled out for the air rights on the space above the Tiffany & Co jewelry store. And he duly gave his new daughter a moniker to commemorate the purchase of the area that would later be filled by Trump Tower. As you do…
14. She interned at Vogue
With help from her fashionista big sister Ivanka, Trump bagged herself a Vogue internship in 2011. Now, this wouldn’t be a big deal if not for the fact that Vogue turned out to be adamantly anti-Trump. In fact, Teen Vogue has even published an article titled “Donald Trump Is Gaslighting America.” And Anna Wintour, Vogue’s editor-in-chief, has been overheard criticizing him, too.
13. She only merits one mention in her sister’s book
In a 2016 People interview Ivanka Trump said of her half-sister, “I really love her.” Yet in Ivanka’s book The Trump Card: Playing to Win in Work and Life, Tiffany rates just a single scene. What’s more, in it she asks Ivanka to ask their father to address her inadequate “money needs.” It’s no wonder, then, that the media have dubbed Ivanka as Trump’s favorite daughter.
12. She once released a music track
At 17, a teenage Tiffany put out a electronic pop song called “Like a Bird,” an Auto-Tuned love letter to wealth and privilege, with cringeworthy lyrics such as “Diamonds are so shimmery.” “It’s a song you might bump while cruising in your convertible with the top down, once all other music has been banned from the state-controlled Trump radio station,” New York magazine gleefully snarked in 2016.
11. She was raised by a single mother
Throughout history, Republicans have not exactly been kind to single mothers – yet Tiffany Trump was raised by one. Indeed, after her parents split, her mom Marla Maples brought her up alone in LA without much contact from Trump himself. And his seeming neglect of his “forgotten” daughter has raised more than a few eyebrows.
10. She was absent from a Trump family documentary
Though Ivanka was a constant presence throughout the Trump campaign, Tiffany was not. And when Fox News aired Meet the Trumps, a one-hour special about the Trump family, she was very noticeably missing. Did she refuse to take part, or did her father and family not want her there? Either way, it’s telling.
9. Trump said Tiffany had his lips
Donald Trump has a long history of commenting on and criticizing the appearance of women – and his youngest daughter is no exception. But though he sang the praises of her beauty when she was first born, apparently he also quipped that her lips were just like his and hoped that she would “grow out of that.” Yikes.
8. While her father bashed China, she was wearing a Chinese-designed outfit
If Donald Trump had his way, it would never be revealed that Tiffany was wearing a Chinese-designed dress at the same time he was raging about China during the first U.S. Presidential Debate. But she was, and people weren’t terribly impressed.
7. She went to school with the Kardashians
Interestingly, Tiffany went to school with that other famous reality TV family, the Kardashians. “My mom was friends with Kris, of course, and she’s amazing,” she told People in 2016. But that connection didn’t help the Trump campaign much, as Kris Jenner has since gone on record as being a Hillary Clinton supporter.
6. Her father wasn’t overjoyed to hear her mother was pregnant
When Marla Maples announced to Trump that she was pregnant with Tiffany, his first words to her – as repeated by him on The Howard Stern Show in 2003 – were “What are we going to do about this?” People have since speculated that meant he wanted her to get an abortion, which is problematic for someone who’s since voiced his opposition to termination.
5. She was only given a $500 allowance from Trump
Granted, $500 per month is a lot, but it seems paltry in comparison to the life of luxury the other Trump children got. And as a result, the youngest Trump daughter has had to make that cash count. Indeed, in 2016 Vanity Fair reported, with a friend of Tiffany’s as their source, that “when [Tiffany] split restaurant bills, she calculated down to the penny how much she owed.”
4. She’s the only adult Trump kid not on his transition team
Barron Trump is ten years old and therefore can’t be employed, but all the other Trump children except for Tiffany have been appointed to their dad’s transition team. As a result, media outlets, in addition to musing over the ethics of all this, have wondered if Tiffany has just plain been snubbed.
3. Her Instagram friends made “kill Obama” jokes
As utterly vicious as Trump was to President Obama, he did at least stop short of actual death threats. However, among Tiffany’s friends, it was a different story. Indeed, two of her super-rich Instagram squad made a public joke about killing Obama to make them less “poor” and had to apologize for it.
2. She’s said Trump isn’t “a typical father figure”
In 2015 Tiffany told DuJour magazine, “I don’t know what it’s like to have a typical father figure. He’s not the dad who’s going to take me to the beach and go swimming, but he’s such a motivational person.” Whether she meant to or not, she rather damned him with faint praise.
1. Her father began discussing her chest size when she was barely a toddler
When the Trump campaign was at its height, a video emerged of a 1994 Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous interview where Donald Trump was asked, “What does Tiffany have of Marla’s?” He replied, “We don’t know whether she’s got this part yet, but time will tell,” while making a gesture to mean “breasts.” Incredibly, she was just one years old at the time.