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Ivanka Trump has worked as a senior political advisor to Donald Trump since 2017. She is the step-daughter of Melania Trump and they two women appear to have a good relationship.
Melania started dating Donald Trump in 1998, when Ivanka was just 16 years old.
The First Lady married her husband nearly seven years later on January 22, 2005.
She became the step-mother of Donald’s four children from previous relationships.
Melania is only 11 years older than Ivanka and has spoken in the past about taking on a friend role – rather than being a mother – to her stepchildren.
Since Donald was inaugurated in 2017, both Melania and Ivanka have regularly travelled with the President.
When they are seen at events together, Bruce Durham, body language expert at BelievingBruce, commented on their relationship.
While Ivanka is only slightly younger than Melania, she could still look up to the First Lady.
“I see typical parent – child behavioural patterns,” Bruce told Express.co.uk.
“Ivanka is most definitely on her own journey, but as much as she may want to be ‘the boss’ as is typical on our journey to adulthood, she ‘checks in’ quite frequently with Melania.
“She uses Melania as her comfort blanket when she is feeling a little outside of her comfort zone.”
Melania’s confidence during public appearances could be encouraging for Ivanka.
Bruce explained: “It is observable that Melania has presented the same emotional baseline, body language gestures and posturing for a number of years, and these are present in any situation regardless of the audience.
“She can hold eye contact, there is very little evidence of what is known as ‘self-soothing’.
“She looks straight ahead, all of her limbs look relaxed, her hands are rarely gripped.
“She forms no protection over her thoracic area thus she feels no threat as she does not ‘shield’ herself.”
Since taking on her political role, Ivanka’s confidence has continued to grow and she may have a small “power struggle” with Melania.
However, the First Lady could still be a key guide for her when out in public.
He added: “What I can draw from this, is that while Ivanka may be increasing in confidence what is very interesting is that her need to be guided by Melania, has always been present, but is actually even stronger now.
“She may not want to acknowledge this due to any power struggle, but the body language is evident enough to offer this as an accurate observation.”
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