Is Ivanka Making Motherhood Great Again?

Is Ivanka Trump America’s Kate Middleton?

In this viral photo posted on Ivanka’s Instagram page the day before the Inauguration, America’s new first daughter channels the Duchess rather mightily.

In the picture, Ivanka is rocking the whole Duchess package: walking down the red-carpeted steps of a private jet in nude stilettos and a gorgeously tailored outfit, with an incredibly intact blowout with a babe on one hip and a child holding her other hand.

There are entire Google image archives devoted to pictures of the Duchess coming down airplane steps with babies and toddlers in tow. Wherever she goes, her airplane exit often becomes one of the most photographed moments of her and Prince William’s trip. On my favorite parenting blog, there is a post entirely about this subject, aptly titled, “Kate Middleton walking down planes.” The poster writes:

“I always see pictures of [her] in towering heels, baby on arm and walking down steep stairs as she comes out of airplanes and gasp. It seems a bit precarious to me to try to balance on heels, keep your poise and smile for the cameras while keeping a firm grip on a toddler as you make your way down a steep staircase in windy conditions.”

It is precarious. It’s also precarious trying to be both a mom and a public figure in today’s world: yet another parallel of mastery between Trump and Middleton.

Kate Middleton has done an exceptional job of making motherhood glam again. Unlike American celebrity moms, she doesn’t post on social media about being covered in throw up and never getting any sleep. She doesn’t complain in interviews about the travails of parenting. She doesn’t post the makeup-less 3 a.m. selfie that is supposed to make us think she is a “real mom” like the rest of us. Yes, she has the royal P.R. straight jacket on, and yet, she demonstrates her authenticity in motherhood with the obvious care she puts into her children and the genuinely warm way she behaves with them, even under the camera’s glare. She commits the ultimate crime in today’s post-feminist world: She appears to enjoy being a mom, and lets the media run with that perception.

Like Middleton, Ivanka has allowed herself to be very much defined by her role as a mom. While Ivanka has a demanding career, she seems proud to let the paparazzi make a fuss over her family life too, occasionally doing what Middleton does not, sharing a more candid and makeup-free moment with her kids with the world.

But both women also share the fact that they juggle life as public figures with life as young moms, while maintaining a feminine confidence and grace. It’s easy to scoff at Middleton’s lack of a career, but she is one of the most scrutinized women in the world. And she stands as a shining example to women the world over who are more interested in the job that Ivanka Trump recently called “the most important job a woman can have,” the job of being a mom, over any particular job in the workforce.

Trump offers a different example in having a demanding job that is about to become a lot more influential with her father in the White House. Even before her dad was elected, she was busy helping him shape a paid-leave plan for moms that might actually stand a chance of being passed in a Republican-controlled Congress.

But even if it fails, just by being a proud, happy, and glamorous mom, Ivanka Trump is already doing her share to help make motherhood great again.

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  • T. Bunker

    “I’d like you to take the time to learn the Trump family mantra: ‘Ivanka is always right. I will listen to Ivanka. I will not ignore Ivanka’s recommendations. Ivanka is God. And if this ever happens again, Ivanka will personally rip your lungs out.”
    -loosely quoted from Babylon 5.

    • Michael Hiteshew

      Waaah. I wanted my lying criminal for president. Waah! I know, I’ll act like a jackass, that’ll show ’em. How pathetic. Like a badly raised, badly behaved adolescent.

      • amaas

        I think you really missed the point of the misquote. It’s more than just a little bit complementary of Ivanka.

        Susan Ivanova is probably the best female commander character in TV SF before Chrisjen Avasarala. Comparing Ivanka Trump to her is a distinct complement.

        • chainsawhandz

          What a lovely tantrum though.

  • David Gillies

    There is no Kate Middleton any more. She is the Duchess of Cambridge. Please try to get this right.

    • Micha_Elyi

      When the British tabloids refer to Kate Middleton exclusively as the Duchess of Cambridge maybe American tabloids will follow their lead.

      • David Gillies

        The British tabloids are hardly the cynosure of journalistic endeavour. A good rule of thumb might be to see what they do, and then not do it.

        • Aaron M

          So you know how to cover British royalty better than the British. K.

          • David Gillies

            I am British, dipshit.

          • Aaron M

            Straight to insults? How sad.

          • Micha_Elyi

            Perhaps David Gillies would see more success reforming his native land first.

          • Jeannie

            Your comment, “So you know how to cover British royalty better than the British…” sounds like an insult to David Gillies. So… no… looks like it is you who went “straight to insults”.

  • Pablo Jay

    Nice change from the ugliness of the past 8 years.

    • Bitter Scribe

      “Nice change from the ugliness blackness of the past 8 years.”

      FTFY

  • Jim Peters

    Beautiful woman and great mom. Well done Ivanka Trump.

  • Ellis_Weiner

    No, you blithering idiot, Ivanka isn’t making motherhood great again. She’s making being rich great again. She has to–her father discredits it with every breath.

    • Aaron M

      Cry harder, snowflake.

      • Ellis_Weiner

        Ooh, “cry” and “snowflake.” Give me “safe space,” “liberal tears,” and “YOU LOST” and I’ll have Moron Bingo!

        • Aaron M

          You respond well to commands, I see. Great. Maybe now you can stomp your feet and declare explicitly how smart and special you are?

          Hey, call me a racist.

          • Ellis_Weiner

            Do you twirl your mustache when you say, “You respond well to commands, I see”? Can’t you add, “–Mister Bond”? As to whether or not you’re a racist, I have no idea.

          • Dusty Thompson

            Just like cousin Anthony you just keep digging…

        • Dusty Thompson

          Anthony, Liberalism is a cult whose mysticism transcends reason.

        • chainsawhandz

          I’d bet on “cuck” “get over it” and “triggered” first.

    • Dusty Thompson

      Motherhood has always been great. It will always be great. Being a ctrl-left Libidiot must suck hard.

    • Dogandcat

      Really? Seems you have a lot of idiot in this post. Is it because you don’t like mothers? babies? Rich people? or just have a lot of jealousy towards all of these?

      • Ellis_Weiner

        Ya got me, pal. Yeah, yeah, it’s true. I hate mothers. I hate babies. I hate rich people and…well, just about everybody else. I better high-tail it out of this site. You all are too astute for (hate-filled) me. Plus, of course, a cult’s a cult.

  • Dusty Thompson

    This might be America’s first Women President. Scratch that. We already had 0bama.

    • herzigma

      This is cute – being a woman is awesome! Except when you use it as an epithet to attack someone you don’t like!

  • chainsawhandz

    If any other woman on Earth were walking down stairs outside in high heels carrying multiple children, you’d all be insulting her for her reproductive and fashion choices. And you’ll turn on her someday as well.

  • An_A_C

    A while ago several “artists” whose works Ivanka had bought wanted her to take them down. I would agree: she should replace them with art made by her children. Or even casual photos of her children. First, those childish pieces will mean a lot more to her and her husband than bought art, second, they will act as a test of her guests and visitors. People who aren’t self consumed, pretentious or political/social climbers will understand and appreciate the sentimental meaning they have for parents, and won’t look down on Ivanka for displaying them.

    • How do we know Ivanka doesn’t display her children’s art and photos, and fine art as well?