Tiffany Trump and her mom, Donald Trump's second wife Marla Maples, tried to get a hairstylist to work for free by offering her "exposure." The hairstylist decided to expose them, instead.
According to the Washington Post, D.C. hairstylist Tricia Kelly was recommended to Maples and Trump by a long-time client to get them all glammed up for Donalt Trump's presidential inauguration, but when she quoted her rate - $150 fee to travel in addition to the cost of her services - the president-elect's ex immediately began to bargain her down.
“I was told they had a $300 budget for both of them for hair and makeup,” Kelly says.
Ummm, doesn't Donald Trump have billions of dollars?
Right. Why can't he pay for his ex and his daughter to look nice at the most important event of his life?
Through communication with Maple's assistant, Kelly agreed to receive $200 for hair for the both of them, as well as $150 for a makeup artist to get them ready.
Despite the already incredible discount, things got even weirder.
The assistant asked Kelly if she and the makeup artist would be willing to work for free in exchange for "exposure." Meaning, Maples and Trump would praise her work on social media.
“I was stunned,” she said. “I told them . . . I work for a fee, not for free.”
Maybe they're just cheapskates, or maybe they really don't have the money, but either way, Kelly turned them down. This story would be plenty of exposure for her on its own.
Maples PR have not commented on this, but that's not where the story ends. Apparently, the contact that originally connected Kelly to Maples became angry that Kelly dared defend her need to be paid, and sent her a threatening message saying, “You are messing with the president of the United States."
The contact explained that Maples was worried about her financial situation now that she no longer received child-support payments for Tiffany, and added, “she is used to a certain lifestyle and you don’t understand that.”
Yes, it must be very hard to understand what it's like to have sired the president-elects most neglected child. But it's also pretty hard to pay your bills with exposure.