Donald Trump‘s daughter Tiffany and her mom (Trump’s ex wife) Marla Maples are apparently looking for ways to cut costs on Friday’s Inauguration. We’re a bit confused, because we thought they were a pretty wealthy bunch.
Err, not exactly “free” because the contact told the hairstylists that she would be paid in “exposure” in the form of a mention on Maples’ social media channels.
The last time we checked, exposure doesn’t pay for groceries. And we’re pretty sure if we went to the bank and tried to explain that we wanted to pay off our latest credit card bill in exposure, we’d be kindly escorted out of the building. Cold hard cash, on the other hand, can buy all sorts of things–even, dare we say, a presidency.
Kelly was interested in the job when, initially, there was $300 on the table, which was still less than her normal rate.
“I was told they had a $300 budget for both of them for hair and makeup,” Kelly told the Washington Post. Then, after some negotiating, they settled on $200 for the hair and another $150 for a separate makeup artist. Not her best pay cheque, but she’d make it work.
But then, the contact of the mother-daughter pair proposed they wipe the fee and Maples pay instead with a mention on her social media feeds. Um, we’re no pro negotiators, but we’re pretty sure that’s not how this works.
“I was stunned,” she said. “I told them… I work for a fee, not for free.”
Perhaps the most frustrating part of this whole ordeal is that, after Kelly declined the unpaid job, her contact sent her a message telling her that she was “messing with the president of the United States,” and that Maples is “used to a certain lifestyle and you don’t understand that.”
No, we’re pretty sure they’re the ones who don’t understand.
This whole story makes us feel a bit weird. Though we’re more curious than ever to see how the ladies end up wearing their long golden locks on Friday. Will they fork up the cash or will they be forced to toil over their straightening irons like mere mortals?