The Washington Post recently reported that the ex-wife of President-elect, Donald Trump, Marla Maples and her daughter, Tiffany Trump, asked a Washington, D.C.-based freelance hairstylist to offer services in exchange for exposure. Tricia Kelly, who has worked with prominent political clients in the past, was referred to the Trumps by “a longtime client.” She says Marla Maples’ assistant expressed interest in hair and make-up services.
When Kelly explained her travel expenses and rates for services, Maples’ assistant immediately pointed out there was only a $300 budget available for both women to get their hair and make-up done. Kelly then negotiated and agreed to be $200 total for her services. The assistant then asked if Kelly would be willing to just do the services for free in exchange for exposure, meaning Maples would mention her on social media. Kelly immediately declined and decided to speak out about the incident, stating “I told them…I work for a fee, not for free,” writes The Post.
Ethics experts say this type of suggestion is not illegal and it’s typical for big name celebrities to accept loaned jewelry or garments in exchange for promotion and exposure. Obviously Kelly was not here for it.
Marla Maples’ net worth, according to GoNetWorth, is approximately $20 million.