Hope Hicks has officially been named the new White House Communications Director. President Donald Trump’s longtime aide had taken on the role in the interim after Anthony Scaramucci was fired in July, 10 days after he was hired, and was officially given the job on Tuesday.
The 28-year-old is the third Communications Director of the Trump administration, following Mike Dubke and Scaramucci. But Hicks isn’t new to the team: She’s been with Trump since he launched his presidential campaign in June 2015.
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Here are five things to know about the former model turned presidential aide.
1. She didn’t intend on going into politics.
Hicks was working for Ivanka Trump’s fashion line when she was pulled aside by Donald. “Mr. Trump looked at me and said, ‘I’m thinking about running for president, and you’re going to be my press secretary,’” Hicks told New York magazine. “I think it’s ‘the year of the outsider.’ It helps to have people with outsider perspective.”
2. She played college lacrosse.
Hicks was on the varsity lacrosse team for all four years of college at Southern Methodist University. “She is highly intelligent and brought that to the field in every game … When needed, she carried the team and would score, but preferred to have assists,” former lacrosse coach Liz Holmes told the Washington Post.
3. She helped Trump tweet.
As the presidential candidate’s press secretary, she took dictation from Trump for his tweets, according to The Washington Post.
4. She’s a former model.
Hicks was a Ralph Lauren model, once served as a model for Ivanka’s collection, and even appeared on the book cover for a Gossip Girl spinoff, The It Girl.
5. Public relations runs in the family.
Her father, Paul B. Hicks III, served as executive vice president of communications at the NFL. Her grandfather was the general manager of public relations for Texaco. Hicks, it seems, was destined for PR.