Ivanka Trump's Punk Phase

Ivanka Trump's Punk Phase

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Updated Oct 18, 2017 at 02:09PM EDT by Matt.

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Ivanka Trump's Punk Phase refers to a series of jokes, memes and photoshops made in regards to First Daughter and Adviser to the President Ivanka Trump's claims that she went through a "punk phase" as an adolescent. Some online consider her lifestyle, parents, upbringing and style antithetical to the punk ethos and culture, which provide the subtext for the meme.


On October 17th, 2017, New York Magazine[1] published a quote from United States President Donald Trump's ex-wife and Ivanka Trump's mother Ivana Trump's memoir Raising Trump. In the book, Ivanka describes going through a brief period as a teenager in which she adopted a grunge aesthetic and appreciation for the band Nirvana, referring to the period as a "punk phase." She says:

"During my punk phase in the nineties, I was really into Nirvana. My wardrobe consisted of ripped corduroy jeans and flannel shirts. One day after school, I dyed my hair blue. Mom wasn’t a fan of this decision. She took one look at me and immediately went out to the nearest drugstore to buy a $10 box of Nice’n Easy. That night, she forced me to dye my hair back to blond. The color she picked out was actually three shades lighter than my natural color… and I have never looked back!"


Shortly after the article published, the political news site The Hill[5] tweeted about the article, spreading the claims even further, particlularly Twitter, where people questioned how punk her punk phase really was. Twitter[2] user and writer Dave Holmes shared the article and commented, "You had- AT MOST- a Sum 41 CD. Within 24 hours, the post (shown below) received more than 7,200 retweets and 44,000 likes.

Dave Holmes @DaveHolmes You had- AT MOST- a Sum 41 CD. The Hill@thehill Ivanka Trump: I had a punk phase hill.cm/lOXykMz

Throughout the day, more people began making jokes and puns on Twitter. The prevailing jokes were either puns, fitting Trump's name and references to her life into classic punk songs or filtering punk aesthetics through the wealthy Trump lifestyle.

Ivanka Be Sedated The Hill Φ @thehill Ivanka Trump: I had a punk phase hill.cm/OXykMz Ripped a fishnet stocking while getting out of the limo The Hill Φ @thehill Ivanka Trump: I had a punk phase hill.cm/lOXykMz Glad to see lvanka accidentally walking into a Hot Topic once counts as news now. The Hill Φ @thehill lvanka Trump: I had a punk phase hill.cm/IOXykMz

That day, Twitter[3] user @ChristnNitemare posted a picture of Trump with a sweater around her shoulders and her father Donald Trump with the caption "Ivanka Trump, punk as fuck in Aspen in 1998." The post (shown below) received more than 2,200 retweets and 11,000 likes in 24 hours.

Twitter,[4] later, published a Moments page, documenting the jokes about Trump's punk claims. Several media outlets published reports on the response to Trump's "punk phase," including the AV Club,[6] HuffPost,[7] Harper's Bazaar,[8] BuzzFeed [9] and more.

Ivanka Trump, punk as f--- in Aspen in 1998

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Ivanka Trump said she had a "punk phase" so here's proof STOP SAYING IVANKA'S NOT PUNK WHEN SHE CLEARLY ATTENDED THE "PUNK: CHAOS TO COUTURE" GALA ED Editorial May 05, 2013 PUNK: Chaos To Couture' Costume Institute Gala People: Ivanka Trump By: Larry Busacca Getty Images Entertainment 168193972 here are some photos of ivanka during what she claims was her "punk phase" gettyimage Ron Galell

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The greater aerie
The greater aerie

>mistakes grunge for punk
Ah put that meme away twitter.
We all know what's going to happen.
You'll post it everywhere, I'll shitpost away and probably say something like "Fake news" and then i will flutter off over the horizon and we won't trend again for about a week.
And then we'll do the same thing all over again.


"In her mother’s new memoir, Ivanka Trump claims to have gone through a Nirvana-loving “punk phase” in the early 90s. So it’s no surprise that people are questioning the first lady’s punk credibility through memes."
Ivana Trump is not the first lady, Melania Trump is. Ex-wives don't count.


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