It was announced on Monday that presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump named Omarosa Manigault as his campaign’s new African-American outreach director.
Upon confirming her new position, Omarosa, a former combative reality-TV star, said that she was “happy to take up that cause for Donald Trump.”
Omarosa, who has her work cut-out for her since Trump’s polling numbers with blacks are almost non-existent, is oddly similar to her new boss.
Here are seven things you need to know about Omarosa.
1. Omarosa became a public figure by branding herself as a reality-TV villain.
Omarosa became a household name after appearing on her future boss’ reality-TV show The Apprentice. The unforgettable contestant appeared on the first season, and again on an all-star season.
The Apprentice is also where Mr. Trump, a successful business man in his own right, became a household name.
Branding herself as a villain, Omarosa quickly became one of the most despised people on American television. In 2008, Omarosa topped TV Guide’s list greatest reality-TV villains.
Her villain persona also appeared on other reality shows, such as VH1’s The Surreal Life, NBC’s Fear Factor and Oxygen’s Girls Behaving Badly.
2. Before The Apprentice, Omarosa was a political consultant for the Clinton Administration–where she was transferred from four different positions in two years.
Omarosa reportedly worked as a political consultant for then-Democratic Vice President Al Gore during the Clinton Administration. She was first named Deputy Associate Director of Presidential Personnel before reportedly being transferred a whopping four times in just two years due in part to her disruptive behavior.
3. Omarosa has a Ph.D in communications.
Omarosa, originally from Youngstown, Ohio, earned a broadcast journalism degree from Central State University in 1996. She then attended Howard University where she earned a Ph.D. at Howard University in communications.
4. Much like her boss, Omarosa lacks a filter.
When the former reality star began stumping for Trump in 2016, The Apprentice version of the filter-free Omarosa showed up on the political airwaves.
It’s no secret that Trump is also known for his filter-free ways.
Omarosa once attacked a Fox News panelist over her “big boobs” on live television while stumping for Trump.
During an appearance on Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo, the reality star ripped into Fox panelist Tamara Holder for her large beasts.
After Omarosa, rather rudely, corrected Bartiromo’s mispronunciation of her name, Holder corrected Omarosa for mispronouncing her first name, Tamara.
Apparently, this was Omarosa’s cue to attack Holder for having “big boobs.”
“It’s Tamara,” said Holder.
“It’s the same difference boo, you want to come on with big boobs, then you deal with the pronunciation of your name,” replied Omarosa.
In 2013, Omarosa also told business woman and former reality star Bethenny Frankel that white women can be “mediocre” and succeed, whereas black women have to be “exceptional.”
“It’s different for you and I,” Omarosa told Frankel. “I’m and African American woman, you get to walk around and be mediocre and you still are rewarded for things. We have to be exceptional to get anything in this businsess.”
5. Within six months, Omarosa lost her fiancé and her brother.
In July of 2012, Omarosa’s then-fiancé, The Green Mile actor Michael Clarke Duncan, suffered from a heart attack in Los Angeles. Two months later, he tragically passed away.
Omarosa lost her own brother just six months prior to Duncan’s death. Jack Manigault was murdered in a “lover’s quarrel.”
6. Omarosa was named assistant pastor of her church.
This one is pretty shocking, especially after noting how aggressive, and downright nasty Omarosa has been publicly: In 2011, Omarosa received her preacher’s license and was named assistant pastor at Weller Street Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles.
“Sunday was a very special day for me in terms of my ministry and spiritual growth,” she told Black Voices. “God is in control and I’m moving in divine direction!”
7. Omarosa branded her name and cashed in on it.
After making a brand out of her name, Omarosa cashed in: according to Celerity Net Worth, the former reality-TV star is worth $3.5 million.
Again, this is not entirely dissimilar to Trump, who branded his name and then cashed-in through various business adventures all boasting his iconic name.