Opens Up About Motherhood

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Socialite and Celebrity Apprentice star Ivanka Trump is looking oh so pretty on the cover of Redbook Magazine, where inside she talks about her father Donald Trump and how he is as a grandfather, motherhood, and some of her favorite things. If you ask me, she’s one of the smartest cookies in the celebrity world right now. Here are some highlights:

As a working mother, do you suffer from mom guilt? Oh, every morning I’m so sad to leave Arabella. But it’s important for me to continue what I’m doing. It’s fulfilling to me, and I think it makes me a better mom when I’m home. And incidentally, I hate the expression “working mom,” because when I’m with Arabella on the weekends, I’m much more exhausted on Monday morning than I am on Friday night! [Laughs] I think the expression “working” versus “non-working” implies that a mother who stays home doesn’t work. It’s far more difficult than anything I do in the office.

It’s fair to say that your dad loves the press. You seem more guarded. Many people who come from obscurity and shoot into the limelight, they don’t really know what they’re getting into, whereas I did. I went in with my eyes wide open. I don’t let people into things that are too private. People ask all the time, “Oh, can we take photographs of you and your closet?” No. That feels voyeuristic in a way that I don’t feel comfortable with. I’m very active on social media, but you don’t see me tweet a photo of Jared and me lying in bed on Sunday morning. I don’t want to see other people lying in bed on a Sunday morning; why would someone want to see me?

You make getting dressed sound so easy. How can we all dress stylishly without obsessing over it? Buy simple, classic pieces—a good trench, a crisp white shirt, a shift dress—and then add some fun through accessories. Every woman should have a great black dress that she can wear as a baseline. Then throw on a chunky necklace, or some bracelets. The simplest way to do it is to add a little twist to a neutral palette: black, beige, white.

What’s your dad like as a grandfather? Is he the take Arabella-for-the-weekend type? Oh he takes her all the time—but with me. He wouldn’t know what to do if she was crying or needed a diaper change. Although I think he’d figure it out. He was always a great father in that he was always there. Now that my brothers and I work with him, we’ve become even closer. If we talked a lot before, we speak 50 times a day now. I spend half the time in his office. Its wild.

Photos by Redbook

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