New York | Wednesday, August 8th, 2012
Linda Cifuentes, 15, came prepared for a meet and greet with Ivanka Trump at the Trump Soho hotel over the weekend, and her due diligence paid off in spades…and emeralds. Trump was promoting her own jewelry at the hotel her family owns when Cifuentes, who was recently diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, stopped by Trump’s boutiques and the two got to chatting about gemology.
The heiress was floored by the budding designer’s precocity. “She’s really, really very good,” Trump said. “She asked a ton of incredibly knowledgeable and informed questions. I was really amazed by the seriousness she had, and the professionalism.” Trump showed her appreciation by giving Cifuentes a fine jewelery piece from her collection and three emeralds and adding that she’ll keep her eye on the talented newcomer.