Supermodel bares all: Risks career as Trump supporter

By Joe Kovacs

Elizabeth Pipko in a photoshoot for Vizcaya Swimwear (YouTube screenshot)
Elizabeth Pipko in a photoshoot for Vizcaya Swimwear (YouTube screenshot)

At just 23 years old, she’s been prominently featured in magazines such as Maxim and Esquire, and has taken part in photoshoots for Vizcaya Swimwear.

Not to mention she’s also majoring in law via the Harvard Extension School, has published two books and is an accomplished figure skater.

But Elizabeth Pipko has been hiding a secret from those in the modeling industry, which happens to lean left politically.

The secret is that she’s a fervent backer of President Trump and worked full-time on his 2016 presidential campaign.

Now, Pipko is coming out of the political closet, so to speak, going public with her support, knowing it could devastate her modeling career.

“Now that it’s been two years since the election, I don’t want to keep silent any longer. Even if that means saying goodbye to modeling forever,” Pipko, a native of Boca Raton, Florida, who now splits her time with New York City, told the New York Post.

“Not only am I proud of my work for Trump, but I also met amazing people – including my now husband, Darren Centinello, who is still part of the president’s campaign team. He works on digital and social media outreach/strategy for the 2020 race.”

Elizabeth Pipko, right, and Darren Centinello in front of the White House (Instagram)
Elizabeth Pipko, right, and Darren Centinello in front of the White House (Instagram)

But Pipko wasn’t always so fearless, as she described keeping her colleagues from discovering her clandestine work on behalf of the Donald.

“It was clear from the start that, if I wanted to survive in modeling, I couldn’t tell anyone about my new job,” Pipko explained.

She continued:

Once, after working a 10-hour-day on the Trump campaign, I went to meet with my manager (who was not affiliated with a modeling agency). He and a colleague were enraged, screaming about how much they hate Trump. My manager kept saying how evil the people who work for him must be and that he would never work with anyone who supported him.

I was terrified they would find out that I was one of the so-called evil people.

So I lied and told people I was coaching ice skating – I was a competitive figure skater for seven years – whenever I was really hard at work in Trump Tower. When I ran into a modeling friend on my way there one day, I immediately hid my badge and said I was running errands.

But at every modeling job or meeting, the talk inevitably turned to Trump, and it was always high-stress.

At one shoot, the photographer came in wearing a black T-shirt with a gigantic red slash over Trump’s face. I was so unnerved, I could barely concentrate on the job at hand.

Another time, in July 2016, Trump had said something controversial and it was all over the news. I was at Miami Swim Week for fashion shows, and the 15 other models were bashing him. I just sat in the corner and pretended to be on my phone. I didn’t want to be ostracized.

Once, when I was at Trump Tower, I ran into a big-time male model I knew from Wilhelmina, the agency that first signed me when I was 17. He was volunteering for the campaign, but he asked me not to tell anyone that I had seen him there – and I said the same.

Pipko told the paper she married her husband Darren at Mar-a-Lago, the president’s Palm Beach, Florida, home in December.

“We invited the president but, unfortunately, it was just before the federal shutdown began,” she said.

From right, Elizabeth Pipko, President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump and Darren Centinello (Instagram)
From right: Elizabeth Pipko, President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump and Darren Centinello (Instagram)

“Our invitations were red hats that read ‘Make Marriage Great Again,’ with a tag hanging off that listed all the wedding information. We weren’t worried about offending our guests – at this point, I’ve already lost so many friends because of my Trump affiliation, the ones left standing are here to stay.”

Pipko believes Trump is “great for women.”

“He’s always promoted women to leadership positions at his real estate company and at the White House. And as for the alleged pay-offs to various women – it’s none of my business. I care about what President Trump has done and will do for my country.

“I’m already hoping to take part in the re-election in some capacity. And this time, I’m not going to hide it.”

President Trump’s daughter-in-law Lara Trump commented to Pipko about Elizabeth’s disclosure, saying, “This is brave and incredible … Thank you.”

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