Ivanka Trump Aims to 'Have Fun' With Her Looks

12/27/2007 at 12:30 PM EST

Ivanka Trump Aims to 'Have Fun' With Her Looks
Ivanka Trump
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Life's great for Ivanka Trump, who admits there are real advantages to "being young, blonde and, if you will, looking a certain way."

"I'm 26," the devoted daughter of the Donald and his ex, Ivana Trump, tells The New York Times in a new profile, "and I tell myself, 'Why not have a little fun with that?' "

But mostly, the paper reports, Trump is about work. "Real estate is my life," she tells the paper. "It is my day job, if you will. But it consumes my nights and weekends, too."

"As a principal of this company," she says of the family's Trump Organization, "I negotiate all the deals I'm working on. If people think I'm just the boss's daughter, they're deceived."

Nor should anyone think, despite the family's extensive residential holdings, that Ivanka lives rent-free – in fact, she's busy paying down the mortgage on her $1.5 million apartment at Trump Park Avenue.

Being in the Public Eye

The Times notes that Ivanka has successfully avoided the type of scandal that seems to have followed another 26-year-old heiress, Paris Hilton, but the paper can only get Trump to admit to a relationship with real-estate heir and publisher Jared Kushner. Beyond that, there's no comment.

"There are enough stories about my family," she says. "We have all been in the public eye. And we understand the process."

Finally, when it comes to the reports that Trump's face and figure have been surgically altered to help in her "looking a certain way," she responds that the Trumps have a thick skin when it comes to their images. "I grew up watching my father on Saturday Night Live," she says. "You may remember, in some of those skits, they had him dressed up like a chicken."

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