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Dating and getting married can be tricky. However, when you have to deal with less than kind in-laws –things can become even more troublesome. After six years of dating, supermodel Karlie Kloss and businessman Josh Kushner finally tied the knot in a stunning fall ceremony in Oct. 2018. The couple seemed like a match from the beginning. They are both liberal-minded who have advocated for things like gun control, and ending world hunger. However, the path forward in their relationship was extremely rocky because of the Kushner family.

Josh Kushner is the younger brother of Ivanka Trump’s husband Jared Kushner. The Kushner brothers come from an affluent Jewish family. However, Josh has always walked to the beat of his own drum when it comes to his views and how he lives his life. In fact –though he and Karlie Kloss have been madly in love from nearly the moment they met seven years ago –his family refused to even meet her.

Inside the Kushner family empire

The Kushner family empire is almost something like you would hear about on TV. We know more about them now since Jared Kushner is a senior advisor to his father-in-law, President Donald Trump. However, they already had quite a lot of drama before Trump stepped into the White House. The Kushner family patriarch–Charles Kushner is the son of Holocaust survivors. He built his real estate empire in New Jersey. However, things haven’t always been on the up and up.

In 2004 –Charles Kushner was convicted of 18 counts of tax evasion, making illegal campaign contributions, and witness tampering. He served 14 months in Federal prison.

Why did the Kushner family hate Karlie Kloss?

According to biographer Vicky Ward’s book, Kushner, Inc.: Greed. Ambition, Corruption –when Josh first began dating Kloss –the Kushner family was disgusted because she was not Jewish and they didn’t think she was very smart calling her a “lingerie model.” Aaron Gell, then-editor of The New York Observer, told Ward, “Jared said something like, ‘Don’t worry. The family is going to take care of that. We’re not very happy about him dating a shiksa. We’re hoping he’ll move on.’ He also said ‘She’s not that smart,’ which I don’t think is true.”

According to Ward, the Kushner family was so nasty to Kloss that they talked behind her back constantly and Josh was not allowed her to bring her to family gatherings. The Kushners did not even formally meet Kloss until 2018 shortly before she and Josh got engaged.

Why did the Kushners favor Ivanka Trump over Karlie Kloss?

Like Kloss –Ivanka Trump only converted to Jusidam before marrying Jared Kushner, but the family still had no issue witrh her. Ward writes,

Ivanka, they explained, was different. She was a Trump. She was also, like Jared, real estate royalty. And she’d attended an Ivy League school, the University of Pennsylvania. Kloss grew up in Webster Groves, Missouri, a suburb of St Louis, and hadn’t even been to college when she and Josh began dating.

Does Karlie Kloss care what the Kushner family thinks of her?

Despite the Kushner family’s feelings toward her –Karlie Kloss seems unbothered. In addition to being a model, and liberal advocate Kloss owns Kode with Klossy –a business that encourages women, in particular, to learn to code. She has also featured pioneering women in STEM on her YouTube channel..

Ward also notes that despite her husband’s family’s connections the Trumps and the Republican party –Kloss has not been afraid to speak her mind. She explained, “While Ivanka postured on social media, Kloss was authentic and passionate. Who she was now related to wasn’t going to change that.”

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