Previously Known For: Donald Trump’s Only Child with Marla Maples
|Currently Known For: Youngest Daughter of the President of the United States|
“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.” Although President Donald J. Trump isn’t the kind of father to dote on his youngest daughter and give into her every whim and fancy, it’s hard to claim that the 24-year-old Tiffany Trump hasn’t enjoyed a lavish life as the youngest daughter of the Trump brood. Born on October 13, 1993 at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, Tiffany Ariana Trump is the only child from Trump’s second marriage to Marla Maples from 1993 to 1999. So, why exactly is she called the “forgotten Trump” or the Jan Brady of the Trump dynasty? Let’s find out!
Named after Tiffany & Company over a decade after her father purchased the air rights above the famous jewelry store in the 1980s to build his prestigious Trump Towner, Tiffany was what many call the “love child” of Trump’s affair with actress Marla Maples toward the end of his first marriage to Ivana in the early 1990s. Once Ivana learned of her husband’s affair, she filed for divorced and ended her 15-year marriage to the business mogul as she settled down with Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric as Trump himself learned he would be a father a fourth time.
“I’m glad it happened. I have a great little daughter,” Trump said of his reaction to hearing the news that Maples was pregnant. “But, you know, at the time it was like, ‘Excuse me, what happened?’ And then I said, ‘Well, what are we going to do about this?’ Marla said, ‘Are you serious? It’s the most beautiful day of our lives.’ I said, ‘Oh great. Do you want to get married?’”
Although romance wasn’t at the top of Trump’s priorities at the time, he proposed to Maples who gave birth to Tiffany in October 1993 and hurriedly tied up the loose ends of their wedding as they exchanged vows on December 20, 1993 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City in front of family and friends including Rosie O’Donnell and O.J. Simpson. Shortly after, the family of three settled into the Trump Tower but struggled to find happiness as they divorced in 1999 when Maples and the six-year-old Tiffany moved to California to start a new chapter with Trump’s generous alimony and child support checks keeping them comfortable on the Los Angeles coast. “My mom and I have always been very close since she did raise me as, like, a single mom,” Tiffany said. “My friends and everyone I know are like, ‘Wow, you guys really have a really good relationship.’ She’s with me a lot of the time, so people find that kind of shocking.”
Tiffany’s close relationship with her mother starkly contrasted the relationship she had with her father and her step-brothers but, despite the distance, she remained close to her older sister, Ivanka, whom she’s always considered a friend and mentor. In fact, Tiffany reached out to Ivanka in her teens when she struggled to fit in with her classmates at the prestigious Viewpoint School in Calabasas where she was close friends with the Kardashians.
“All she wanted, really, was a way to enjoy some of the privileges her friends got to enjoy, in the same way she would have enjoyed them if she’d lived under our father’s roof,” Ivanka recalled of their relationship in her first book, The Trump Card: Playing to Win in Work and Life. With Tiffany going to Ivanka for advice on asking their dad for money, Ivanka did something even better and went to her dad herself. “Big Sis did an end-around to save Tiffany the trouble. I didn’t tell her, of course, but I went to our father and suggested he think about surprising Tiffany with a credit card for Christmas, with a small monthly allowance on it. Sure enough, he did just that. Tiffany was thrilled and relieved. And so appreciative.”
After graduating from Viewpoint, Tiffany enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania, her father’s and sister’s alma mater, and joined the Kappa Theta sorority while working toward her degree in sociology and urban studies. Around this time, she tried her talents as a musician and released her debut single, “Like a Bird,” with the hopes of launching her career but, when the single failed to chart, she returned to college and finished up her double major before accepting an internship at Vogue magazine where her interests in fashion blossomed. Modeling during New York Fashion Week in 2016, Tiffany’s life took on a different turn as her mother settled down in New York City after her daughter expressed an interest in getting to know her father and the rest of the Trump family better.
“I had the blessing of raising Tiffany pretty much on my own,” Maples said. “She’d like to get to know her father better and spend time with him like his other children did: by going to his office and watching him work.” Shortly after Tiffany settled into her routine in New York, Trump launched his 2016 presidential campaign and hit the campaign trail with Tiffany occasionally joining her father, Ivanka and her stepbrothers on the road. She even spoke on her father’s behalf at the 2016 Republican National Convention where, despite being mocked as the “Jan Brady of the Trumps,” she gave an outstanding speech. “Please excuse me if I’m a little nervous,” she said. “When I graduated college a couple of months ago, I never expected to be here tonight addressing the nation. I’ve given a few speeches in front of classrooms and students, but never in an arena with more than 10 million people watching.”
Doing an outstanding job on the campaign trail and often taking advice from Ivanka on what to wear and how to respond in interviews, Tiffany watched proudly as her father took the oath of office and became the 45th President of the United States. “I have a strong head on my shoulders. I’ve always been grounded,” she said in response to widespread criticism as the black sheep of the family. “People would think not because of who I am, but I’ve always been raised with that sense of morals from my dad and my mother.” With those morals still intact today, the 24-year-old Tiffany has recently enrolled at Georgetown University’s School of Law where she’s only a few miles away from her father in the Oval Office. For many, her choice in graduate school is more than making up for an entire childhood spent on the opposite end of the country… after all, the commute for family events is far shorter and much more lavish these days!