Ivanka Trump’s childhood best friend has come out swinging this week with a scathing essay attempting to expose the real Ivanka.
Journalist Lysandra Ohstrom became childhood friends with Ivanka after they attended the elite Manhattan private girls school Chapin together as teens and was even her maid of honour at her 2009 wedding to Jared Kushner.
Now, however, the former friend has ripped open the blinds to expose the ‘real woman’ behind the polished political sidekick, in a brutal essay titled Ivanka Trump was my best friend. Now she's MAGA royalty for Vanity Fair.
From details of her classroom antics, including one occasion in which she allegedly blamed a fart on another classmate, to an alleged racist dig at an author’s Arabic letter necklace and her reported refusal to read books about poor people, the allegations are brutal.
The piece was reportedly penned hours after the author cast an early ballot against Donald Trump this year.
“The more I wrote, the surer I became that I did not owe her my silence,” Lysandra writes.
Ivanka the popular schoolgirl
Revelations painted Ivanka as a sometimes loyal friend, who at the same time was always making sure to secure her seatbelt before anyone else’s.
In one memorable anecdote, teenage Ivanka allegedly convinced Lysandra and other classmates to flash their breasts out a classroom window but managed to wriggle out of any repercussions.
“Ivanka had basically been the ringleader, but she pleaded her innocence to the headmistress and got off scot-free,” she wrote. “The rest of us were suspended.”
She recounts another occasion on which Ivanka, who she described as the ruler of the classroom’s popular gang, allegedly blamed a fart on another student.
She also, however, describes the privileged daughter of the future president as a fun companion who would sneak out of school trips in Paris for a day in London, or ditch nightclubs to curl up in front of a film with her bestie.
‘Why would I want to read about poor people?’
Lysandra says as they grew up, Ivanka began to veer very much into the world of the uber-rich Manhattan elite.
She reportedly once refused to read a book recommended by the author because it was about ‘poor people’.
“Ly, why would you tell me to read a book about f**king poor people?” Ivanka is quoted as saying. “What part of you thinks I would be interested in this?”
She also reportedly made a jaw-dropping dig at the author’s necklace which spelled her name in Arabic lettering.
In perhaps the only redeeming anecdote, the author says Ivanka’s ‘Trumpian edges’ occasionally poked out despite her high standing in social circles, citing her taste for cheeseburgers and foul language as a couple of traits inherited from her father that would have jarred with the social elite of New York.
Trump ‘congratulated me for losing weight’
It’s not just Ivanka who gets the razor-sharp treatment either.
The author details one occasion as a teenager, when Donald Trump Jnr swiped a grilled cheese sandwich from her plate while she was hanging out at Ivanka’s home with her family.
“Ivanka scolded him, but Mr. Trump chimed in, “Don’t worry. She doesn’t need it. He’s doing her a favor.’” she wrote. “Conversely, he’d usually congratulate me if I’d lost weight.”
She added that President Trump never remembered her name but ‘seemed to have a photographic memory for changes in my body’.
He also reportedly routinely asked after Ivanka’s status in the class, comparing her looks to her teenage classmates, and commenting on the ‘great figure’ of one girl Lysandra admitted trumped Ivanka in the looks department.
The essay writes that Ivanka’s endorsement and involvement in the Trump administration will ultimately – ahem – trump her former standing in the elite New York scene, with Ivanka and Jared predicted to be unlikely to return to their high-class set after their stint in Washington.
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