So much for the Trumps being “very rich.”
A hair stylist who was planning on doing Tiffany Trump and her mother Marla Maples’ hair for the inauguration claims she was asked to perform her services for free in exchange for “exposure” and mentions on social media, according to the Washington Post.
Tricia Kelly, a freelance stylist, says she negotiated a payment of $200 for doing Maples’ and Trump’s hair, plus a $150 for the makeup artist. But then Maples’ assistant contacted Kelly and requested she do it for free.
“I was stunned,” Kelly told the Post. “I told them . . . I work for a fee, not for free.”
“There are people who make far less than they do who pay full price,” she said. “People on staff — the incoming White House and the outgoing one — pay full price. It seemed like they were trying to see how much they could get for free based on their names.”
While movie and pop stars often receive complementary services in exchange for social media mentions, Trump and Maples aren’t exactly Hollywood famous, and Washington has pretty strict rules about officials receiving gifts (since Tiffany Trump and Marla Maples aren’t elected officials, they wouldn’t be breaking any ethical violations. But still.).
After Kelly reached out to the Post, she received somewhat threatening notes from her contact who had put her in touch with Trump’s people. “You are messing with the president of the United States … She is used to a certain lifestyle and you don’t understand that.” [WP]