Ivanka Trump claims that she went through a “punk phase” when she younger, but some skeptical music fans are accusing the presidential advisor of being a poseur who doesn’t even know what punk music is.
Long before Ivanka Trump began selling fancy dresses and shoes to fellow businesswomen, she was rocking flannel and rocking out to “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” As reported by New York Magazine, Ivanka reminisces about her tween rebellious streak in her mom Ivana’s new book, Raising Trump. The 35-year-old Manhattan socialite, who now resides in Washington, D.C., writes about dying her hair and joining the fandom of one of the biggest bands of the 90s.
“During my punk phase in the nineties, I was really into Nirvana,” Ivanka recalls. “My wardrobe consisted of ripped corduroy jeans and flannel shirts. One day after school, I dyed my hair blue.”
The Trump daughter also writes about her reaction to the 1994 suicide of Nirvana’s lead singer, Kurt Cobain. Ivanka Trump was 12-years-old when the musician took his own life with a gunshot to the head.
“It was a shock and I was distraught. Mom had no idea who Kurt Cobain was, and she sympathized only so much. After twenty-four hours of my crying inconsolably in my room, alone—major melodrama—Mom had to pull me out of there to go down to dinner.”
— The A.V. Club (@TheAVClub) October 18, 2017
Unfortunately for Ivanka, some social media users didn’t feel much sympathy for her 12-year-old self. The president’s daughter was mercilessly mocked on Twitter for mislabeling the genre of music that she was listening to and the style of clothing that she was wearing during what she considered her “punk phase.” Nirvana is considered a grunge band by most music aficionados, and flannel shirts were must-have clothing items for fans of the group. As some Twitter users noted, punk fans were more likely to have lots of black leather and silver studs in their closets.
Ivanka saying she had a punk phase bc she was into Nirvana is like Taylor Swift saying she had a goth phase bc she was into Avril Lavigne.
— OhNoSheTwitnt (@OhNoSheTwitnt) October 17, 2017
— BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) October 17, 2017
Ivanka Trump: (sits completely still with her hands folded in her lap & listens to exactly 1 Nirvana song) I’m punk now
— Super Deluxe (@superdeluxe) October 18, 2017
It's 1992. Ivanka Trump puts on a pair of $200 ripped up jeans & presses play on "Nevermind." I am a rebel, she thinks. A punk.
— J.D. Altman (@NicCageMatch) October 18, 2017
Ivanka’s taste in music has drastically changed since she was a tween if Trace Adkins is to be believed. Earlier this year, the country singer told a concert crowd about his first encounter with Donald Trump’s daughter. As reported by Taste of Country, Adkins met her on the set of Celebrity Apprentice in 2008. He claimed that Ivanka Trump leaned over and whispered in his ear that “Ladies Love Country Boys” is her favorite song.
Ivanka’s hair color preference is also much different these days, and she credits the blue hue she experimented with during her “punk phase” for helping her discover the shade of blonde that she now favors. In Raising Trump, she writes that her mother was not happy when she found out that she had dyed her hair blue. Ivana forced Ivanka to use a $10 box of drugstore hair color to dye her hair back to blonde soon after she saw what her daughter had done.
However, getting in trouble for being a hair rebel turned out to be a blessing in disguise for Ivanka Trump. The box of blonde dye that her mother bought was three shades lighter than her original hair color, and she liked the new color so much that she’s stuck with it ever since.
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