Thursday, February 15, 2024

Over the weekend, Ivanka Trump experienced something that hadn’t happened since before her father became president: Celebrities were willing to be seen with her.

Ms. Trump, an adviser in former President Donald J. Trump’s White House, attended Kim Kardashian’s 43rd birthday party in Beverly Hills, Calif. There, she posed for a photo with Ms. Kardashian and Lauren Sanchez, the fiancée of Jeff Bezos, which they both shared on social media. Other notable guests included Lydia Kives, Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Hailey Bieber, Kimora Lee Simmons, and members of the Kardashian-Jenner family.

The photo with Ms. Trump marked one of the biggest public displays of support she has received from an A-list celebrity in years, as she saw her reputation as a New York socialite destroyed during her time in the Trump White House, particularly following her controversial tweet about the January 6, 2021, Capitol riots.

Despite the challenges she has faced, Ms. Trump’s appearance at Kim Kardashian’s birthday party serves as a reminder that the rich and powerful are never fully exiled or beyond repair. With time, money, and influence, there is always a path back.

While Ms. Kardashian did not comment on the event, the text released by the Jan. 6 Committee revealed Hope Hicks expressing concern about the damage done to Ms. Trump and her family’s reputation. However, Tina Brown, a journalist and author, had predicted this return to social circles, stating that the wealthy are rarely rejected unless they face serious consequences.

Since leaving the White House, Ms. Trump has found herself in a limbo between her father’s MAGA world and the Manhattan socialite scene she was once a part of. She made it clear she would not be involved in her father’s 2024 campaign, and she relocated with her family to Florida.

In Miami, Ms. Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, have established themselves as regulars at Carbone, a New York-based restaurant. They have been seen at various events and even attended the wedding of Jordan’s Crown Prince Hussein in Amman. Despite this, she has yet to regain the level of clout and invitations she once enjoyed.

Ms. Kardashian’s birthday party may not have been at the same level as the events Ms. Trump used to attend, but she was welcomed by the crowd and seated next to Ms. Kardashian. This public show of support comes at a challenging time for the Trump family, as Ms. Trump has been subpoenaed as a witness in a New York civil fraud case against her father, her brothers, and the Trump Organization.

While some society chroniclers were unimpressed with the pairing of Ms. Trump and Ms. Kardashian, criticizing the invitee and the hostess, others expressed disapproval of Ms. Trump’s presence at the gathering. Nonetheless, this event serves as a reminder that the rich and powerful are often able to rebuild their reputation with time.

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