Lysandra Ohrstrom and Ivanka Trump were inseparable during their younger years, and even “more sisters than best friends,” Ohrstrom writes in a revealing article for Vanity Fair. The family dynamics with the Trumps are jaw-dropping, and if you’ve read Mary Trump’s book, you’ve already had a glimpse into how self-absorbed and shallow the president is. Ohrstrom and Ivanka spent a decade together as best friends and traveled together to various countries. They both have a privileged life, and with Donald Trump, appearances are everything — At least with women.
“’Who’s prettier than Ivanka?’ I recall him asking once with genuine confusion, before correctly naming the two girls I’d had in mind,” Ohrstrom recalls. “He described one as a young Cindy Crawford, while the other he said had a great figure.”
“Though he never remembered my name, he seemed to have a photographic memory for changes in my body,” she writes. “I’ll never forget the time Ivanka and I were having lunch with her brothers at Mar-a-Lago one day, and while Mr. Trump was saying hi, Don Jr. swiped half a grilled cheese sandwich off my plate. Ivanka scolded him, but Mr. Trump chimed in, “Don’t worry. She doesn’t need it. He’s doing her a favor.” Conversely, he’d usually congratulate me if I’d lost weight.”
That’s not unbelievable at all, considering the names Trump has attached to women that he considers unattractive. You know, women like Sen. Ted Cruz’s wife, for example.
“Sure,” Ohrstrom writes of Ivanka, “she loved to talk about herself and was shamelessly vain, but she was also fun, loyal, and let’s face it, pretty exciting.”
This part of the article stuck out for me:
We met at an all-girls school on the Upper East Side and were inseparable for more than a decade. Gradually, though, our differences divided us—“Why would you tell me to read a book about fucking poor people?” she once asked—and I watched her blow up her carefully curated image of refined privilege to embrace her father wholesale.
As Ivanka’s world comes tumbling down with her father losing to President-elect Joe Biden, and the Trump brand becoming so toxic, and investigations on the horizon, maybe having disdain for “poor people” isn’t very appealing after all. Because most of us would rather be raised in a modest home than to be like a Trump. Being raised in a loving family is far more valuable than being raised by an abusive, narcissistic rage-machine that thinks looks are everything. Although, being pretty in prison probably goes a long way.
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