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  • 5 things to know about Ivanka Trump

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Ivanka Trump has acted as a campaign surrogate and first lady placebo on multiple occasions throughout her father's run for the White House, and she is said to be unmatched in influence on The Donald. She's the "cautious, measured power behind the striving, showy candidate," according to Politico. Ivanka is expected to play a key role in her father's administration, and she and husband Jared Kushner, will be based in Washington, D.C. Here are five things to know about the powerful first daughter.

She's a family woman

Ivanka is a mother of three: Arabella, Joseph and little Theodore, who was born in March. Her husband, a second-generation Jewish businessman from New York, is her father's de facto campaign manager. He is also Ivanka's cause for conversion to Judaism. In order to practice the sabbath, Ivanka keeps away from phones for 25 hours each week.

She's distanced herself from the media

Like her friend Chelsea Clinton, Ivanka has learned to keep a healthy distance from the media -- in a 2007 GQ article, she called it “vicious and brutal.” The harsh judgment comes in spite of her appearances in the tabloid press as a young girl and then gracing the covers of Seventeen, Harper's, Elle and Forbes in addition to modeling for Tommy Hilfiger. She visited her first fashion show in Paris when she was 8, and as an adult performed in more of them as a model. But ever since she became a businesswoman and her father's campaign began in 2015, she's been less in the spotlight and more behind-the-scenes.

She's first and foremost a businesswoman

Not only is she an executive vice president of the Trump Organization like her brothers Eric and Donald Jr. -- a company with an estimated value between $5 billion and $10 billion -- but Ivanka has developed her own businesses enterprises naturally, something she has wanted to do since she was a little girl. She started with an entry-level position in business after spending her formative years at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania ( just like Donald and Donald Jr.). Now she owns the Ivanka Trump Collection, has already written a New York Times best-selling book about "winning," and is starting to spearhead massive projects such as the $200 million conversion of the Old Post Office in Washington, D.C.

She's both a throwback to, and a departure from traditional Republicans

While she is guided by free enterprise principles and has gone on the record as saying Barack Obama is anti-business, Ivanka also has donated to the campaigns of several Democrats along with her husband. Unlike older brother Donald Jr., she was not a registered Republican at the onset of Trump's campaign. She has also been a proponent of equal wages for women, and is key to Trump's standing with that portion of the electorate. Her #WomenWhoWork campaign aims "to inspire and empower women to create the lives they want to lead."

She pulled a lot of the strings in her dad's campaign

Don Jr. said he and Ivanka were Trump's "chief strategists" during their father's bid for the White House. Eric said she should have been considered for the VP pick. And Donald himself has said, "She is very, very trusted by me. She has great real-estate instincts and great political instincts." With her own political star rising, Ivanka has more skin in the game now than ever before in regards to her father's success. Ivanka is said to have been a central figure in the pick for Mike Pence as Trump's VP running mate, one of the most conservative and least controversial figures on his short list.
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