Ivanka Trump says she went through a 'punk phase'

'During my punk phase in the nineties, I was really into Nirvana. My wardrobe consisted of ripped corduroy jeans and flannel shirts,' says first daughter

Maya Oppenheim
Wednesday 18 October 2017 15:42
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She says she was left devastated after Cobain died by suicide and his body was found at his Seattle home with a suicide note
She says she was left devastated after Cobain died by suicide and his body was found at his Seattle home with a suicide note

Dying your hair blue for 24 hours and buying Nirvana’s Nevermind album might not sound like might most people’s idea of being a “punk” but Ivanka Trump is not most people.

Donald Trump’s daughter, who is a White House advisor, has claimed she went through a “punk phase” as a teenager.

Writing in her mother Ivana’s book Raising Trump, she said she was such a diehard fan of the iconic grunge band she cried when Kurt Cobain, the frontman, was found dead at his home back in 1994.

“During my punk phase in the nineties, I was really into Nirvana. My wardrobe consisted of ripped corduroy jeans and flannel shirts," Ms Trump, a former executive of the Trump Organisation, wrote.

"One day after school, I dyed my hair blue. Mum 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 colour she picked out was actually three shades lighter than my natural colour … and I have never looked back!”

She said she was left devastated after Cobain died by suicide and his body was found at his Seattle home with a suicide note.

Ms Trump, who was 12 at the time of Cobain's death, said: “It was a shock and I was distraught. Mum had no idea who Kurt Cobain was, and she sympathised only so much".

"After twenty-four hours of my crying inconsolably in my room, alone - major melodrama - mum had to pull me out of there to go down to dinner,” she said.

The revelation has sparked a torrent of memes and people have both relished in pondering what she would have looked like as a punk and sharing photos of her as a young girl looking as far from punk as humanly possible.

Others have been keen to point out Nirvana were, in fact, a grunge band which emerged out of the Seattle grunge band and listening to them does not constitute as a punk phase.

"Stop saying Ivanka isn't punk. One time in 1996 she ate her salad with an oyster fork," quipped one critic.

"Ivanka Trump claims she had a 'punk phase.' It was the day she made the servants buy her a slightly darker shade of eyeliner," said another.

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