Ivanka Trump appears to be having a brilliant time on her solo tour of Africa – at least if her dynamic dance moves are anything to go by.
The 37-year-old first daughter, who is normally very reserved, showed off much more fun and carefree side to her personality on Wednesday when she joined in with some local dancers in a small town on the Ivory Coast, where she is due to tour a coffee collective.
Ivanka, who wore a $595 white shirt dress for the occasion, along with a demure necktie, threw her hands in the air like she just didn’t care who was watching, waving her arms around while busting some smooth moves alongside a dancer wearing a traditional local dress.
Ain’t no party like a first daughter party! Ivanka Trump let loose on Wednesday when she joined in with some local dancers in the town of Adzope on the Ivory Coast
Up in the air! The 37-year-old was seen dancing alongside the locals, putting her hands up in the air as she moved to the beat
Applause! At one point, Ivanka took a break to watch the professionals show off their moves, clapping along during their dynamic performance
Greetings: Many of the locals were seen holding up signs welcoming Ivanka to their town, along with the words ‘We love u’, and she happily greeted lots of them with hugs and kisses
Something special: Upon her arrival, Ivanka was presented with a local cloth that is traditionally given to visiting kings, and a portrait of her face that had been painted in chocolate to remind her of the cocoa and coffee collective she visited
In videos posted to her Instagram Stories, Ivanka is seen bouncing up and down to the beat of the melody being sung by hoards of women gathered around her, clapping along as they perform for her.
Proud! Ivanka showed off an image of her chocolate portrait on her Instagram Stories
As well as getting the chance to show off her best boogie, Ivanka was also presented with several gifts upon her arrival in the town of Adzope, including a traditional cloth that is usually presented to visiting kings, and a portrait of her face that had been painted in chocolate made in the local area.
The mother-of-three looked delighted with the gifts, especially when she got to put one to use straight away; a local woman helped her to wrap the cloth around her waist like a skirt, adding a very colorful touch to her otherwise-low key look.
Ivanka happily posted several images and videos of herself dancing and clapping along to the music, while also proudly sharing an image of herself with her cocoa painting, which shows her in front of the American flag, her blonde hair styled straight around her shoulders.
On Wednesday however, Ivanka opted for a slightly different style, choosing to tie her hair up in a ponytail, perhaps to ensure that it was out of her face and didn’t impede her dancing.
Her ‘do was also no doubt chosen for its practicalities; the temperatures in Adzope were set to reach highs of 91 degrees Fahrenheit during Ivanka’s visit, while the humidity was also due to be fairly high.
If the heat was an issue for Ivanka, she certainly didn’t let on – and she didn’t let it stop her from grooving along to the music whenever possible, without even breaking a sweat.
Thankfully, the first daughter had swapped out her signature high heels in favor of some plain white sneakers, making it all the more comfortable to dance around and tour the cocoa farm.
It looks as though Ivanka was able to forget about any ill-will towards her family during her trip to the town, where locals gathered to greet her, holding up signs featuring the words, ‘Welcome in Adzope Ivanka Trump. We love u.’
Joyous: Ivanka, who has three children with her husband Jared Kushner, put her hand on her stomach at one point, and laughed uproariously
New friends: Many women gathered around to show their support for Ivanka, who is on a solo tour of Africa where she has been promoting her women’s empowerment initiative
Thrilled: Ivanka seemed delighted with her gifts, and wasted no time in putting the cloth over her shoulder, covering up her $595 Alexis shirt dress
Happy as can be: The normally-reserved Ivanka looked more happy and relaxed than she has in a while – echoing the behavior of her step-mother Melania, who seemed to visibly relax during her own trip to Africa last year
Greeting: Ivanka went around and shook hands with several of the women who had turned out to welcome her to the town
Offering: The gifts were presented to Ivanka by the President of the Women’s Association, Bamba Awa (right)
Appreciation: Ivanka leaned in to give Bamba Awa a hug after she was given her sweet presents
Outfit change: At one point, a woman showed Ivanka how to wrap her cloth around her waist to fit like a skirt
The signs also had the American flag printed on the back, as well as a picture of Ivanka’s face – perhaps the same image that was used as inspiration for her large framed portrait, which reached up to her hip when placed alongside her for a picture.
Clearly overjoyed with her warm welcome, Ivanka took the time to speak with several of the local women, trading hugs, kisses, and several laughs as they gathered around her to say hello.
During the visit, Ivanka got the chance to tour Cayat, Fairtrade cocoa and coffee collective that was formed in October 2010 to ‘unite cocoa farmers to be stronger together, and to tackle the deep socio-economic challenges in the region, whilst farming sustainably and boosting farmer incomes’.
Ivanka also addressed many of the women who work on the collective’s many cocoa farms, using a microphone to speak to the crowds of people that had gathered, and seizing the opportunity to announce a new $2 million initiative for women that is being spearheaded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID).
The project sees the world’s biggest cocoa and chocolate companies pledging financial support to female farmers in the top producing countries around the world, with Ivanka telling the farmers in Adzope that the initiative will enable women to benefit on a personal level from a market where they currently ‘dominate’.
‘Women dominate, yet they often aren’t at the point in the value chain where they personally can benefit,’ she said, according to Bloomberg. ‘We know that village loan associations work, especially when well executed.’
The initiative will help women to fund the development of their personal skills, as well as their community businesses, enabling them to learn new skills and potentially expand their production to include other staples beyond cocoa and chocolate.
Posting about the project on her Twitter, Ivanka noted that those women on the Ivory Coast own 25 percent of the cocoa farms, and make up 68 percent of the cocoa labor force, however, they only earn 21 percent of the income that is generated from cocoa production. Women also own less than 15 percent of the land in Africa.
Speaking out: The first daughter was given a microphone so that she could address the people from the cocoa collective who had gathered to meet her
Lessons: She was then shown the process for making chocolate from the cocoa pods
Beaming: The White House adviser couldn’t wipe the smile off her face the entire time she was visiting the collective
Chic: Ivanka looked demure in a white shirt dress, which she paired with a floral neck tie
Updates: The Instagram-savvy mother shared several images and videos from her trip on social media
‘We’re fighting for change,’ Ivanka vowed.
Later on Wednesday, the first daughter participated in a panel discussion while attending the first Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative, or We-Fi.
Ivanka changed clothes before her arrival at the event, opting for a pricey $2,545 white and silver brocade skirt suit from Brock Collection. Her peplum jacket cinched her waist while her matching pencil skirt featured a slit and ties on the side.
She topped off the elegant look with a pair of shiny silver heels that matched her brocade suit. She wore her long blond hair center-parted and loose around her shoulders. Instead of the bouncy curls she sported earlier in the day, her hair was dried straight.
Hosted by the World Bank Group, We-Fi is a collaborative partnership among 14 governments, eight multilateral development banks, and other public and private sector stakeholders.
The aim of We-Fi is to address the financial and non-financial constraints faced by women-owned and led ventures in developing countries.
She also sat down with the Associated Press for an interview on Wednesday before the event.
Casual: Ivanka traded her usual high heels for a pair of plain white sneakers, which no doubt made touring the cocoa farm a lot more comfortable
A dance lesson! At one point, a woman grabbed Ivanka’s hand and started showing her some moves (right)
Snack time! Ivanka got the chance to try some of the raw cocoa plants while the farmers showed her the process for turning them into chocolate
Ivanka said that her father, President Donald Trump, asked her if she was interested in taking the job of World Bank chief, but she passed on it.
The White House senior adviser said her father raised the job with her as ‘a question’ and she told him she was ‘happy with the work’ she’s doing.
Ivanka, who worked on the selection process for the new head of the 189-nation World Bank, David Malpass, said he’ll do an ‘incredible job.’
When asked if her father had approached her about other top jobs, Ivanka said she’d ‘keep that between’ them, adding that doesn’t see a run for office in her future.
Last week, The Atlantic published a profile on Ivanka in which her father said he had considered her for official roles at the United Nations and World Bank, only to refrain from nominating her to avoid being accused of nepotism.
‘She’s a natural diplomat,’ Trump said. ‘She would’ve been great at the United Nations, as an example. If I did [nominate her], they’d say nepotism, when it would’ve had nothing to do with nepotism. But she would’ve been incredible.’
He added: ‘I even thought of Ivanka for the World Bank … She would’ve been great at that because she’s very good with numbers.’
Next up: Ivanka changed outfits to attend the first Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative on Wednesday, putting on a pricey ensemble from Brock Collection for the evening affair
Meet and greet: The first daughter was all smiles as she posed for a photo with World Bank Bulgarian CEO Kristalina Georgieva (left) during the event
Conversation: Ivanka took part in a panel discussion with female entrepreneurs, including Jeanine Cooper, the founder, and senior managing partner of Founder of Fabrar Liberia Inc.
Outfit: Ivanka opted to wear a skirt suit featuring a peplum jacket and a matching brocade pencil skirt. Her long blonde hair was center-parted and worn straight
Although Trump said Ivanka has never shown him any interest in running for president one day, he believes she would be a formidable opponent.
‘If she ever wanted to run for president,’ he said. ‘I think she’d be very, very hard to beat.’
Ivanka arrived in Abidjan on Tuesday afternoon, hours after she left Addis Ababa on a commercial Ethiopian Airlines flight.
The mother-of-three showcased two ensembles during the day, opting for a budget-friendly $220 Zara number for her first outfit, before changing into a Ralph Lauren dress worth almost ten times the price after landing on the Ivory Coast.
For her plane outfit, Ivanka paired her $220 Zara suit with $40 floral heels — which were from her own defunct brand. The White House senior adviser was also seen holding a $258 Vince Camuto brown tote bag, which she used last week when heading to work, and was wearing sunglasses as she boarded her Ethiopian Airlines flight.
She kept her long blonde hair straight for the flight on the third day of her tour.
Ivanka was later pictured touching down in Abidjan where she was greeted by airport workers and staff, one of whom was seen blowing her a kiss.
Not long after arriving in the bustling city, she was then seen leaving the Sofitel Hotel while modeling an entirely new look — this time opting for a much more low-key and demure Ralph Lauren dress, which came complete with a much larger $1,990 price tag.
All ears: Ivanka sat in the front row before taking the stage with the other women
Focused: The White House senior adviser sat with her legs crossed and kept her eyes on the stage
Accessories: Ivanka paired her skirt suit with shiny silver heels that matched the silver brocade
Busy schedule: Ivanka also sat down with an interview with the Associated Press on Wednesday
Confident: Ivanka flashed a bright smile as she discussed her father, President Donald Trump, considering her for an official role at the World Bank
Confirmation: Ivanka said that her father asked her if she was interested in taking the job of World Bank chief, but she passed on it. She said he raised the job with her as ‘a question’ and she told him she was ‘happy with the work’ she’s doing
Diplomatic: Ivanka, who worked on the selection process for the new head of the 189-nation World Bank, David Malpass, said he’ll do an ‘incredible job’
She accessorized the look with a pair of coordinating heels and added the same Vince Camuto bag she was seen carrying earlier in the day.
It is not the first time that Ivanka has worn the design; the first daughter chose the caped shirt dress for a TV interview with Joe Kernen on CNBC’s ‘Squawk Box’ back in July 2018, when she was busily promoting her new job training program.
On this occasion, however, Ivanka had a very different initiative on her mind.
The stop in the Ivory Coast will continue Ivanka’s tour where she is focused on promoting economic empowerment for women in developing countries.
Her first stop in Abidjan saw her pay a visit to the Presidential Palace where she was given a tour by the Ivory Coast’s Vice President, Daniel Kablan Duncan.
On Monday, Ivanka met with President Sahle-Work Zewde, and the pair were seen enjoying an animated conversation, with images showing them both laughing happily as they engaged in a discussion.
Ivanka shared a picture on her Instagram Story of her meeting with the president, writing, ‘Honored to meet with the @sahleworksewde today, the only serving female President in Africa!’
Changing things up: Ivanka wore a bright yellow $220 Zara suit when she left Ethiopia on Tuesday, but changed into a $1,990 Ralph Lauren dress after landing in Abidjan
Looking around: Ivanka was pictured on a tour of the Presidential Palace in Abidjan with Ivory Coast Vice President Daniel Kablan Duncan
Happy to be here! Ivanka first landed in the Ivory Coast earlier in the day ready to continue the work for her initiative
Blowing a kiss: She kept her long blonde hair straight for the flight on the third day of her tour and was pictured waving to airport workers – one of whom blew her a kiss
She continued: ‘I thoroughly enjoyed exchanging ideas & learning from her experiences. Her perspective will inform our work to advance women’s economic empowerment on the continent & beyond.’
Her outfit on Monday was set a different tone than her budget-friendly plane attire, as she wore a $1,655 floral shirt dress from Emilia Wickstead, which she paired with white heels.
She also attended the African Women’s Economic Empowerment Dialogue meeting at the United Nations Economic Commission as part of her four-day trip in Africa.
During the meeting, Ivanka sat next to President Sahle-Work Zewde while promoting her efforts her Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative.
Earlier on Monday morning, Ivanka visited Holy Trinity Cathedral to meet with religious leaders and lay a wreath for the people who were killed during the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash last month.
The Boeing 737 Max crashed just minutes after takeoff from Addis Ababa, with Nairobi the intended destination.
Airlines and countries have since grounded Boeing 737 Max airplanes in response to the crash over concern of other faulty machines.
Ivanka wore a black short-sleeved dress and matching flats for the visit. She also pulled her hair back into a bun and fitted a black lace veil on her head for the occasion.
Busy bee: On Monday, Ivanka visited with President Sahle-Work Zewde of Ethiopia to promote the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative Emotional: On Monday morning, Ivanka paid her respects to the victims who died in the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash last month
Enjoyable: It is Ivanka Trump’s first visit to Africa since the White House undertook the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative in February
The first daughter’s schedule has been busy since she touched down in Addis Ababa early Sunday morning.
The goal for Ivanka’s trip is to promote her initiative of economically empowering 50 million women in developing countries by 2025.
Money for the effort will come through USAID, which initially set up a $50 million fund using dollars already budgeted.
The president’s 2020 budget proposal requests $100 million for the initiative, which will also be supported by programs across the government as well as private investment.
The White House spending plan would cut overall funding for diplomacy and development.
Ivanka has made women’s economic empowerment a centerpiece of her White House portfolio. She has made a number of international trips, with a focus on these issues, including to Japan and India.
Her travel to Africa follows a five-day tour that Melania Trump made there last year, with a focus on child welfare.
However, Ivanka’s efforts could be complicated by the President’s own remarks after his private comments about ‘s***hole countries’ in Africa and other regions were leaked to journalists.