A look inside Ivanka Trump's forgotten modeling years

Long before Ivanka Trump was a successful business woman or first daughter, she held another day job -- a model.

The then-teenage daughter of Donald Trump traveled the world in the late 1990s to walk the runways for some of fashion's most prestigious brands like Vivienne Westwood and Thierry Mugler. In fact, the blonde beauty became one of the first famous kids to sign with a major modeling agency despite many believing she wasn't model material.

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UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 05: Ivanka Trump backstage at the Jill Stuart Fashion Show at Chelsea Piers. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 05: Ivanka Trump backstage at the Jill Stuart Fashion Show at Chelsea Piers. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 05: Ivanka Trump backstage on cell phone at the Jill Stuart Fashion Show at Chelsea Piers. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) American model Ivanka Trump. (Photo by THIERRY ORBAN/Sygma via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) American model Ivanka Trump (close up). (Photo by THIERRY ORBAN/Sygma via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Thierry Mugler surrounded by his models including Ivanka Trump and Audrey Marney. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale/Sygma via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Ivanka Trump back stage at the fashion show. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale/Sygma via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: Ivanka Trump (R) daughter of Donald Trump, models during the showing of the Vivienne Westwood 1999 Fall/Winter collection at Bryant Park in New York 16 February. The show will run throughout the week. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO Timothy A. Clary (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) : 3/30/1998-New York, NY: Ivanka Trump wearing a metallic strapless dress at the Marc Bouwer Fall '98 Fashion Show at Bryant Park. (Photo by Mitchell Gerber/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)
Fashion model Ivanka Trump models a red dress for Marc Bouwer's fall fashion show. (Photo by Mitchell Gerber/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)
Portrait of American socialite Ivanka Trump as she attends a Marc Bouwer fashion show in Bryant Park, New York, New York, 1998. (Photo by Rose Hartman/Getty Images)
346727 04: Ivanka Trump poses February 17, 1999 during the Marc Bouwer 1999 Fall Fashion Show in New York City. Fashion designer Marc Bauwer has chosen an outer space theme for this show which is evident in many of the colors and cut outs in the dresses. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Liaison)
346727 06: Marc Bauwer and Ivanka Trump pose backstage February 17, 1999 during the Marc Bouwer 1999 Fall Fashion Show in New York City. Fashion designer Marc Bauwer has chosen an outer space theme for this show which is evident in many of the colors and cut outs in the dresses. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Liaison)
NEW YORK CITY - SEPTEMBER 13: Ivanka Trump attends Zang Toi Fashion Show on September 13, 1999 at Bryant Park in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - SEPTEMBER 13: Ivanka Trump attends Zang Toi Fashion Show on September 13, 1999 at Bryant Park in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - SEPTEMBER 13: Ivanka Trump attends Zang Toi Fashion Show on September 13, 1999 at Bryant Park in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Ivanka Trump during Zang Toi Fashion Show - Septembre 13, 1999 at Bryant Park in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Zang Toi and Ivanka Trump during Zang Toi Fashion Show - Septembre 13, 1999 at Bryant Park in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
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Ivanka proved her doubters wrong, showing that she could indeed walk alongside some of the most sought-after models in the world.

While her stint in the modeling industry didn't last long, there's no denying it probably sparked her interest in fashion. Ivanka founded her own namesake brand years later, which now includes not only clothing, but purses, shoes and other accessories as well. 

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Shinzo Abe, Japan's prime minister, left, and Ivanka Trump, assistant to U.S. President Donald Trump, pose for photographers as they arrive for a dinner in Tokyo, Japan, on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017.�Ivanka Trump lauded the Japanese governments efforts to increase female workforce participation during a speech in Tokyo on Friday, giving a high-profile boost to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's 'Womenomics' initiative. Photographer: Kimimasa Mayama/Pool via Bloomberg
Shinzo Abe, Japan's prime minister, left, and Ivanka Trump, assistant to U.S. President Donald Trump, pose for photographers as they arrive for a dinner in Tokyo, Japan, on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017.�Ivanka Trump lauded the Japanese governments efforts to increase female workforce participation during a speech in Tokyo on Friday, giving a high-profile boost to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's 'Womenomics' initiative. Photographer: Kimimasa Mayama/Pool via Bloomberg
Shinzo Abe, Japan's prime minister, left, and Ivanka Trump, assistant to U.S. President Donald Trump, pose for photographers as they arrive for a dinner in Tokyo, Japan, on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017.�Ivanka Trump lauded the Japanese governments efforts to increase female workforce participation during a speech in Tokyo on Friday, giving a high-profile boost to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's 'Womenomics' initiative. Photographer: Kimimasa Mayama/Pool via Bloomberg
Ivanka Trump, the daughter and assistant to US President Donald Trump, right, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, stand together at the World Assembly for Women (WAW!) in Tokyo on November 3, 2017. Ivanka Trump spoke at the World Assembly for Women in the Japanese capital ahead of her father's presidential visit. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Eugene Hoshiko (Photo credit should read EUGENE HOSHIKO/AFP/Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump, the daughter and assistant to US President Donald Trump, delivers a speech at the World Assembly for Women (WAW!) in Tokyo on November 3, 2017. Ivanka Trump spoke at the World Assembly for Women in the Japanese capital ahead of her father's presidential visit. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Eugene Hoshiko (Photo credit should read EUGENE HOSHIKO/AFP/Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump, the daughter and assistant to US President Donald Trump, delivers a speech at the World Assembly for Women (WAW!) in Tokyo on November 3, 2017. Ivanka Trump spoke at the World Assembly for Women in the Japanese capital ahead of her father's presidential visit. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Eugene Hoshiko (Photo credit should read EUGENE HOSHIKO/AFP/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 03 : Ivanka Trump, daughter and adviser of U.S. President Donald Trump and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (not seen) attend a meeting of the World Assembly for Women (WAW!) in Tokyo, Japan November 3, 2017. (Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon - Pool/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 25: Ivanka Trump, Adviser and daughter of President Donald Trump, speaks during a news conference October 25, 2017 at the Capitol in Washington, DC. Ivanka Trump joined Republican legislators to discuss child tax credit. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 25: Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S. Dak., left, speaks with Ivanka Trump as they walk through the Capitol en route to a press conference on child tax credits on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 25: Ivanka Trump walks through the Senate Reception Room in the Capitol before holding a press conference on child tax credits on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Ivanka Trump (C) arrives to speak during a session named 'Taking women-owned businesses to the next level' as part of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund annual meetings in Washington, DC, on October 14, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump, assistant to U.S. President Donald Trump, speaks during a panel discussion at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank Group Annual Meetings in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017. Near-term risks to world financial stability have declined since April amid improving macroeconomic conditions and the subsiding risk of emerging-market turmoil, the IMF said in its latest Global Financial Stability Report released yesterday. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Ivanka Trump, assistant to U.S. President Donald Trump, arrives to speak at a panel discussion during the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank Group Annual Meetings in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017. Near-term risks to world financial stability have declined since April amid improving macroeconomic conditions and the subsiding risk of emerging-market turmoil, the IMF said in its latest Global Financial Stability Report released yesterday. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Ivanka Trump, assistant to U.S. President Donald Trump, right, speaks as Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank Group, listens during a panel discussion at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank Group Annual Meetings in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017. Near-term risks to world financial stability have declined since April amid improving macroeconomic conditions and the subsiding risk of emerging-market turmoil, the IMF said in its latest Global Financial Stability Report released yesterday. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 09: Advisor to the president Ivanka Trump speaks onstage at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit - Day 1 on October 9, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Fortune)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 09: CEO, Lockheed Martin, Marillyn Hewson and Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump speak onstage at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit on October 9, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Fortune)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 09: Co-Chair Most Powerful Women International Nina Easton, Deloitte CEO Cathy Engelbert, Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson, and Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump speak onstage at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit on October 9, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Fortune)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 09: Advisor to the president Ivanka Trump speaks onstage at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit on October 9, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Fortune)
Ivanka Trump and White House advisor husband Jared Kushner arrive before US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump take part in a moment of silence for the victims of the Las Vegas shootings, on the South Lawn of the White House on October 2, 2017 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump and White House advisor husband Jared Kushner arrive before US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump take part in a moment of silence for the victims of the Las Vegas shootings, on the South Lawn of the White House on October 2, 2017 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump arrives with White House staff before US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump take part in a moment of silence for the victims of the Las Vegas shootings, on the South Lawn of the White House on October 2, 2017 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 19: Ivanka Trump on September 19, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 19: Ivanka Trump on September 19, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
Jared Kushner (L), Ivanka Trump (2R) and their son Theodore James Kushner arrive to watch US President Donald Trump speak at Joint Andrews Airforce base, Maryland on September 15, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner step off Air Force One with their children on September 15, 2017 in Morristown, New Jersey. US President Donal Trump, advisors and family are spending the weekend at Trump's Bedminster, New Jersey golf club. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner step off Air Force One with their child on September 15, 2017 in Morristown, New Jersey. US President Donal Trump, advisors and family are spending the weekend at Trump's Bedminster, New Jersey golf club. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump steps from Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, U.S., August 30, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 30: Ivanka Trump, advisor and daughter of U.S. President Donald Trump, steps off Marine One on the South Lawn after returning to the White House August 30, 2017 in Washington, DC. Trump traveled with her father to Springfield, Missouri, to participate in a tax reform kickoff event, according to the White House. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump speaks next to his daughter Ivanka during an event with small businesses at the White House in Washington, DC, on August 1, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump speaks during an event with small businesses at the White House in Washington, DC, on August 1, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
HAMBURG, GERMANY - JULY 08: Daughter and advisor to US President Trump, Ivanka Trump attends a panel discussion titled 'Launch Event Women's Entrepreneur Finance Initiative' on the second day of the G20 summit on July 8, 2017 in Hamburg, Germany. Leaders of the G20 group of nations are meeting for the July 7-8 summit. Topics high on the agenda for the summit include climate policy and development programs for African economies. (Photo by Ukas Michael - Pool/Getty Images)
HAMBURG, GERMANY - JULY 08: Daughter and advisor to US President Trump, Ivanka Trump attends a panel discussion titled 'Launch Event Women's Entrepreneur Finance Initiative' on the second day of the G20 summit on July 8, 2017 in Hamburg, Germany. Leaders of the G20 group of nations are meeting for the July 7-8 summit. Topics high on the agenda for the summit include climate policy and development programs for African economies. (Photo by Ukas Michael - Pool/Getty Images)
the daughter of US President Donald Trump Ivanka Trump takes her seat at the beginning of the third working session of the G20 meeting in Hamburg, northern Germany, on July 8, 2017. ?The G20 summit wraps up, with world leaders seeking to reach an agreement on a final joint statement despite divisions with US President Donald Trump over trade and climate change. / AFP PHOTO / AFP PHOTO AND POOL / LUDOVIC MARIN / SOLELY FOR REUTERS AND EPA (Photo credit should read LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 27: Ivanka Trump delivers remarks at the U.S. State Department during the 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report ceremony June 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The ceremony honored eight men and women from around the world whose efforts have made a lasting impact on the fight against modern slavery. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 27: Ivanka Trump concludes her remarks at the U.S. State Department during the 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report ceremony June 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The ceremony honored eight men and women from around the world whose efforts have made a lasting impact on the fight against modern slavery. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump (2nd R), daughter and adviser of US President Donald Trump, listens to her father speak during the launch of the Apprenticeship and Workforce of Tomorrow initiatives in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, DC, on June 15, 2017. From L to R, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Trump and Small Business Administration administrator Linda McMahon. / AFP PHOTO / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump walks with his daughter Ivanka to board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on June 13, 2017 en route to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. / AFP PHOTO / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - MAY 24: Ivanka Trump arrives with the delegation of President of United States of America Donald Trump and Wife Melania Trump for a meeting with Pope Francis, on May 22, 2017 in Vatican City, Vatican. (Photo by (Photo by Vatican Pool - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - MAY 23: U.S President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump (Top R) arrives at Fiumicino airport in Rome, Italy on May 23, 2017. (Photo by Alvaro Padilla/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump, daughter of US President Donald Trump, her husband Jared Kushner, senior adviser to Trump step off Air Force One upon arrival at Rome's Fiumicino Airport on May 23, 2017. Donald Trump arrived in Rome for a high-profile meeting with Pope Francis in what was his first official trip to Europe since becoming US President. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump make their way across the South Lawn to board Marine One at the White House in Washington, DC on May 4, 2017. The two are travelling with US President Donald Trump to New York, NY. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Daughter of US President Ivanka Trump is pictured during the Woman 20 Summit in Berlin, Germany on April 25, 2017. The event, which is connected to the G20 under the German leadership is dedicated to Women's Economic Empowerment and Entrepreneurship. (Photo by Emmanuele Contini/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 25: First Daughter and Advisor to the US President Ivanka Trump and Queen Maxima of The Netherlands attend the W20 conference on April 25, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. The conference, part of a series of events in connection with Germany's leadership of the G20 group of nations this year, focuses on women's empowerment, especially through entrepreneurship and the digital economy. (Photo by Patrick van Katwijk/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 25: First Daughter and Advisor to the US President Ivanka Trump and Queen Maxima of The Netherlands attend the W20 conference on April 25, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. The conference, part of a series of events in connection with Germany's leadership of the G20 group of nations this year, focuses on women's empowerment, especially through entrepreneurship and the digital economy. (Photo by Patrick van Katwijk/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 25: Ivanka Trump, daughter of U.S. President Donald Trump, arrives at a Gala Dinner at Deutsche Bank within the framework of the W20 summit on April 25, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. Ivanka Trump attended the W20 conference on empowerment for women and is visiting the Siemens training center and the Holocaust Memorial before attending an evening gala sponsored by Deutsche Bank. (Photo by Clemens Bilan - Pool /Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 25: First Daughter and Advisor to the US President Ivanka Trump attends the W20 conference on April 25, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. The conference, part of a series of events in connection with Germany's leadership of the G20 group of nations this year, focuses on women's empowerment, especially through entrepreneurship and the digital economy. (Photo by Patrick van Katwijk/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 25: First Daughter and Advisor to the US President, Ivanka Trump, attends the W20 conference on April 25, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. The conference, part of a series of events in connection with Germany's leadership of the G20 group of nations this year, focuses on women's empowerment, especially through entrepreneurship and the digital economy. (Photo by Patrick van Katwijk/Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner applaud as US President Donald Trump speaks during a joint session of Congress at the US Capitol in Washington, DC on February 28, 2017. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner arrive prior to US President Donald Trump's address before joint session of Congress at the US Capitol in Washington, DC on February 28, 2017. / AFP / ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 17: Ivanka Trump walks with her husband, White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner, toward Marine One while departing with her father President Donald Trump on February 17, 2017 in Washington, DC. President Trump is traveling to South Carolina to visit the Boeing plant. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump and her husband White House senior advisor Jared Kushner arrive for a joint press conference between US President Donald Trump and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC on February 10, 2017. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
(FILES) Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner arrive for a joint press conference by US President Donald Trump and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the East Room of the White House on February 15, 2017 in Washington, DC. While the new US president has shown a capacity to change, both his tone and his positions, he has been unable to show the world a 'new' Trump, with a steady presidential style and a clearly articulated worldview. As the symbolic milestone of his 100th day in power, which falls on April 29, 2017, draws near, a cold, hard reality is setting in for the billionaire businessman who promised Americans he would 'win, win, win' for them. At this stage of his presidency, he is the least popular US leader in modern history (even if his core supporters are still totally behind him.) / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN / TO GO WITH AFP STORY, US-politics-Trump-100days (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Jared Kushner (L), White House senior adviser, and his wife Ivanka Trump arrive for a joint press conference by US President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on February 10, 2017, at the White House in Washington, DC. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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The former model has now taken on on a completely different role -- first daughter -- but her love for fashion is still apparent in every flawless outfit she rocks as she leaves her Washington D.C. abode every morning. 

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