Marla Maples is ultimately known for being Donald Trump’s ex-wife, and the woman he cheated on his first wife Ivana with, but there’s a lot more to Miss Maples. Yes, she was an actress and a model, but Marla is also a philanthropist with a deep spiritual foundation and devotion to the environment. She’s worked with numerous charities, and continuously spreads her message of peace and love through various mediums. One can only wonder how different things would have been if she were still standing by Trump’s side.
The Love Affair
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Marla Maples started seeing Donald Trump when he was still married to first wife, Ivana. During that time, he supposedly put Marla up to live in one of his hotels and would have her secretly join him on vacations, even when Ivana was there. The two women confronted each other during one infamous trip to Aspen, which led to Ivana leaving Trump through a very expensive divorce. The media had a frenzy with Marla, and the public was furious, siding with Ivana. Marla was 18 years younger than Donald. He married her in 1993, when their daughter Tiffany was a little over two months old. She and Trump divorced six years later.
She Retreated To The Peace Corps To Avoid The Press
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When news broke about Ivana and Donald getting divorced, Marla’s intuitive reaction wasn’t to put herself in the spotlight or to publicly bash Ivana. Instead, she retreated to Guatemala to work with the Peace Corps. Her friend was currently there with the organization, and Marla went and joined her. She remained there for a month. The media tried to track her down, assuming she was at a “luxurious spa” which couldn’t have been farther from the truth. While there Marla picked up a parasite and had to be treated with antibiotics.
Tiffany Trump Is Her BFF
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After the divorce in 1999, Marla moved with her daughter to the West Coast and raised Tiffany on her own. The mom and daughter duo are as close as can be. According to Tiffany, “My mom and I have always been very close since she did raise me as like a single mom. My friends and everyone I know are like, ‘Wow, you guys really have a really good relationship.'” In fact, they spend quite a lot of time attached at the hip, traveling the world, attending festivals and having adventures, all together. Tiffany even made an appearance with her mom when Marla was a contestant on Dancing With The Stars.
She Wants Tiffany To Be Involved
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During Trump’s campaign, Donald gave Tiffany an apartment in New York City. Initially, Marla was very concerned that Tiffany wasn’t receiving the necessary security. Despite her fears, she wanted Tiffany to be a part of her father’s new life. During the campaign she stated, “If her father ends up being there [the White House], I’m gonna make sure she’s really prepared with the issues that are important to her and have been important to me as a mom in raising her, that she will be an active part in pushing these things through.”
Marla’s Liberal Background
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Marla has stated that she has “always been more liberal, and I believe in gay and lesbian rights and I believe everyone on this planet has a right to choose. So, I just don’t feel it’s productive for me to go judging another person’s choices. I think it’s important for all of us to speak about what is important for us. There are just issues that I was born caring about that may be a little different than what we’re seeing take.” Perhaps if Marla was First Lady, she’d be helping Trump view some issues a bit differently.
Marla Voted For Trump (Most Likely)
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Despite their difference of opinion in certain subjects, Marla was very supportive of Trump during his campaign, though never openly has admitted to voting for him. She has stated that, “He does not want to evoke violence” and that he wants “wants to be a voice for peace.” She was front and center during his campaign at the Republican National Convention, where her daughter Tiffany spoke in Trump’s behalf, along with her half-siblings. Marla also sat front row during his inauguration to again support Tiffany and attended a campaign event at the Trump International Hotel.
Marla Loves All Of Donald’s Kids
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Marla had admitted that life got a bit crazy for her during Trump’s election. She stated, “I’ve had people constantly coming to me, wanting my opinion about the presidential race, and I’ve maintained a lot of privacy.” In 2013 during an interview with Oprah Winfrey, she said that she still loved Donald, as he was the father of her child. She also has love for his other children, “I love Eric and Ivanka and Donnie so much. I had the chance to know them when they were young and now to see how well they’re doing just touches my heart.”
Melania Vs. Marla
Marla tends to speak her mind whereas Melania seems to be happy only speaking when spoken to. When Marla speaks, she typically has something positive to share from the heart. However, she’s been known for being very needy of attention, whereas as Melania steps aside and lets Trump take center stage. Though Melania may seem to be a better mate for Trump, her submissiveness and only speak-when-spoken-to persona make it difficult for other women to connect and relate to her. Marla most likely would’ve wanted to be more involved, where it seems as if Melania rather not.
Charity Work In Mexico
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If Marla had been First Lady, perhaps she would’ve been pushing Donald to be more concerned over environmental issues. Marla recently went to Mexico to work with an organization called The Waterbearers, which “exists to support women to take ownership of their divinity and re-awaken to their true power and intuitive nature,” and a charity called Waves for Water, whose filters have “touched over seven million people in more than 27 countries, including Sierra Leone, Indonesia, Nicaragua, Haiti, Brazil, Liberia, Mexico, India, and Colombia.” Many of Marla’s friends were concerned about her traveling to Mexico, considering Trump’s statements during his campaign, but she followed her heart and made the trip.
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Marla is an entrepreneur with a positive message. She recently launched a new website where she shares recipes, health tips, products she supports, traveling adventures and social media photos. The website documents her life’s journey as an “actress, host, mother, singer, songwriter, an adventurer with a purpose, and lover of all things green” and the intent seems to be inspirational. In the “Wellness” section of her site, she describes herself as, “A vegan, yet part-time carnivore, gluten-free, dairy-free, Kosher style eater.” She’ll even send you a free autograph if you wish, as long as you include a pre-stamped envelope with your request.
Stint On Broadway
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Despite being untrained, Marla landed a role on Broadway in 1992, in The Will Rogers Follies as “Ziegfeld’s Favorite.” It was right after Marla and Donald made their long-term affair a “legitimate” relationship, and the public was looking for any reason to bash Marla. Even fellow performers were talking trash. A mother of one of the actresses who had a lesser role was quoted as saying, “It’s amazing what a little money can do,” speculating that Marla only received the role because Donald paid someone for it. Their hopes for a spectacular failure went down in flames, as she did quite well in the role and never had a mishap.
Melania is not known for her public speaking skills (remember when she stole Michelle Obama’s speech?) Marla, on the other hand, has a natural knack for it. In fact, she even hosted her own talk radio show, Awakening with Marla Maples. The podcast aired from 2009 to 2016 and focused on spirituality, environmental awareness, and personal empowerment. Her message was that “Life is a creation at every moment of our dreams and beliefs, ever-changing and ever-expanding.” Through the podcast, she hoped to inspire others to reach their highest spiritual potential.
Lyme Survivor And Health Advocate
Marla contracted Lyme disease at 22. After an intense eight-month antibiotic regime, Marla dedicated herself to living a healthy lifestyle. She does this through practicing yoga daily, eating clean, which consists of kosher food, no gluten, no dairy, and 20 minutes of meditation every morning. She also practices ozone therapy, an integrative treatment which can mitigate the negative effects chronic illnesses have on the body. This April, Marla was honored at Global Lyme Alliance’s “Time for Lyme” event for being “a Lyme survivor who’s not only an advocate for her own health but for others as well.”
Dancing With The Stars
After being approached several times prior, Marla agreed to join the cast of Dancing with the Stars in 2016, while Donald was running for president. After initially trying to avoid the media during the campaign frenzy, she decided to fully embrace it, and competing in the show seemed like a great next step. Tiffany was originally shocked and worried for her mother, but then changed her tune and supported her 100%. Tiffany attended the taping in which she gave her final performance, and Marla dedicated it to her. Marla raved about the overall experience, though she admitted to being heartbroken when she was eliminated.
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Melania Trump is the first Catholic First Lady since Jackie Kennedy. Marla would have also held that title if she had still been married to Trump, but her beliefs are a bit more complicated. Though she’s a Baptist, she “keeps Shabbat, eats kosher, and studies Kabbalah.” She claims that Kabbalah has helped her clear herself of the anger she accumulated after the divorce. “As I started looking deeper at myself, I realized there were still places inside where I held anger or had blame. [Kabbalah] helped me learn to take responsibility for my own choices and no longer be the victim.”
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Marla has been a long-time supporter of numerous children’s charities, both nationally and aboard. Once such charity is Kids Creating Peace, which provides assistance for children in Israel and Palestine. (The Clinton Foundation is also a major supporter of this organization!) She has also split the profits she earned on numerous projects with various charities, such as Success for Kids, an organization dedicated to helping children with hearing loss. She also hosted an auction to raise funds for Spirituality for Kids, a program that helps children develop self-awareness and reflect on their purpose in life.
Her Instagram Is Positive And Inspiring
Marla is very active on Instagram, with most of her posts being about #family #friendships #nature and #healthylifestyle. She loves to post inspirational quotes and messages, such as “The greatest gift we can share is a heart full of love”, “Beauty is everywhere… We just have to be willing to see it”, and “Today I will allow Wonder in my life.” She shares photos of nature, yoga poses, healthy food, people she loves, and butterflies and rainbows (literally). She definitely does not discuss anything political, and none of her posts ever say anything discouraging or negative.
She Avoids Drama
Recently, Trump’s first wife has taken some stabs at wives two and three. During an interview, Ivana called herself the First Lady and insinuated that Melania must hate her life in the White House. She then spewed some hateful remarks about Marla, calling her a “showgirl” and a “nobody”, and that Ivana was never happier than when Marla got the boot on DWTS.
Melania shot back, calling it “attention-seeking and self-serving noise.” Marla, however, said nothing negative in return. In fact, she apologized to Ivana and asked her for forgiveness (that she, of course, did not receive).
Melania Plagiarize Marla?
It seems as if Melania may find Marla inspirational as well. During one of her rare speeches, prior to the election, Melania discussed growing up in Slovenia, and stated, “America meant if you could dream it, you could become it.” That line was eerily similar to one Marla said In 2011 during an interview with Maximum Ink Magazine. Marla said,“Even though I was from a small town of 500 people, I learned to dance, play clarinet, and play trumpet, all while playing every sport I was allowed to as a southern-born tomboy…I believed if you could dream it you could become it…”
Marla has sought to spread peace and love through her music. She has described her album One World Through Love as being about “Inspiration, Oneness, Unity, and Teaching”. The album The Endless is “a musical journey of spiritual awakening and transformational energy” and features Deepak Chopra, author and advocate for alternative medicine and the New Age movement, the Dalai Lama, the leader of Tibetan Buddhism, and Michael Beckwith, founder of the Agape International Spiritual Center in Culver City, California. The album is a soothing collection of celestial thrumming songs, perfect for yoga, meditation, prayer sessions and/or relaxing at the spa.