Claudia Conway, the daughter of Kellyanne Conway, a prominent adviser to President Donald Trump, made headlines this week after announcing her intention to work as an online Playboy model.
The 18-year-old, who for years used social media to criticize Republicans and President Trump despite Kellyanne, her mother, having worked for Trump for a while, opened a subscription page on Playboy.com. She posted pictures of herself posing in bikinis, some of which can be viewed for free on the platform and others of which cost between $5 and $99 to view.
This week, Claudia issued a statement in which she explained her decision:
“The only comment i’ll provide: when i was 15-16, i was exploited by the media, preyed upon, and was forced into portraying myself as something i wasn’t. my body was taken from me. now, as a young adult, i am aiming to reclaim my womanhood and femininity in a way that is truly mine. i am putting myself out there in a way that is MY OWN and no one else’s. i have full control of my body and my voice. i believe in writing your own narrative, like i’ve said in the past, and taking back what was once unjustly taken from you. autonomy and freedom are two things everyone should have. don’t let someone capitalize off of your vulnerabilities— reclaim them.”
Here’s a clip from her update:
There was a wide variety of reactions to her message, with one of the most popular mocking her. One Twitter user said she was “owning the media who tried to turn you into a circus sideshow by turning yourself into a circus sideshow. This outcome is *exactly* what they wanted!”
Following the announcement of their divorce in March, Kellyanne and George Conway have now separated.
George is a Never-Trump lawyer who assisted in co-founding the Lincoln Project, an organization that is also opposed to Trump, and Kellyanne was a former adviser to the then-President Trump.
When Claudia, who identifies as a left-leaning political activist, used social media to criticize Trump and her own mother, who was then employed by the Trump administration, she frequently made headlines.
When the teen declared on social media in August 2020 that she was “officially pushing for emancipation” from her parents, the news was made.
The situation worsened in January 2021 when Claudia accused her mother of using Twitter’s now-defunct Fleets tool to upload a picture of her without a top.
Claudia said to Bustle in December 2022 that she didn’t think her mother purposely uploaded the picture, which Kellyanne found while looking through her phone.
“My mother helped me through it. She helped me clear it from the internet. So I wholeheartedly don’t think she posted it,” Claudia said, adding that she believed her mother’s phone was hacked. “But it was extremely traumatic.”
George and Kellyanne announced their separation in March.
“We married more than two decades ago, cherish the many happy years (and four corgis) we’ve shared, and above all else, our four incredible children, who remain the heartbeat of our family and our top priority,” the couple said.
“We remain united as parents to provide love, joy, comfort, and protection to our beautiful children,” it added.
Kellyanne has previously claimed that a major contributing reason in the breakdown of her marriage was her husband’s outspoken criticism of Trump when she was working for the president.
“Beltway insiders tell us that they’ve both lawyered up and that the two sides are hashing out the details of the split,” according to Page Six.