Everything You Need to Know About Ella Emhoff, Kamala Harris’ Model Stepdaughter
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Ella Emhoff is making strides in the fashion industry, both on and off the runway.
While her father Douglas Emhoff is a lawyer and her stepmother Kamala Harris is the 49th Vice President of the United States, Emhoff has avoided politics and embraced her fashion profile as a model, artist and designer.
She first rose to prominence in the style world when she donned a jeweled coat by Miu Miu at the presidential inauguration in January 2021. Since then, Emhoff has signed a major modeling contract, graced famous fashion week shows and landed prestigious magazine covers.
Almost a year after stepping professionally into the sartorial scene, she has established herself as a style “icon” due to her eccentric style and comfort in her own body. Moreover, she has attracted attention as a designer with her original knitwear creations.
From his political family background to his many fashion accomplishments, here’s everything to know about Emhoff.
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She is a member of America’s second family
Vice President Kamala Harris’ Twitter
Emhoff was born to American second gentleman Doug Emhoff and film producer Kerstin Emhoff on May 29, 1999. After her parents divorced in 2008, her father married Kamala Harris in 2014.
At the time, Harris served as California’s attorney general. When Harris became Vice President of the United States, Emhoff became an official member of America’s Second Family.
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She has modeled and paraded for major fashion brands
After catching the attention of fashion-forward viewers at the presidential inauguration in January 2021, Emhoff was signed to IMG Models Worldwide later that month. Emhoff joined the agency’s A-list of Gigi Hadid, Bella Hadid and Hailey Baldwin.
Since signing, she has modeled for brands such as Balenciaga, posed for renowned fashion magazines such as vanity loungeand performed in shows for Miu Miu, Proenza and more.
In September 2021, she became the face of the Adidas by Stella McCartney campaign in tandem with the designer’s Adidas Earth Explorer collection. “I think Stella McCartney is the future of fashion,” Emhoff said. vogue of co-operation.
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She attended the Met Gala
Before becoming the face of Adidas by Stella McCartney, Emhoff donned the designer during her Met Gala debut in May 2021.
She graced the famous Met steps in an Adidas by Stella McCartney red diamond mesh bodysuit with matching pants, walking hand-in-hand with actress Julia Garner on the red carpet.
She’s a fashion designer in her own right
Ella Emhoff Instagram
Not only has Emhoff worked with some of the top fashion designers in the industry, but she’s also a fashion designer! The designer attended the prestigious Parsons School of Design in New York and graduated in May 2021.
Harris posted a festive tribute to her stepdaughter on Twitter writing, “Congratulations to our daughter Ella on her graduation. I’m so proud of you. Keep dreaming with ambition and there’s nothing you can’t achieve.” She concluded the post, “Love, Momala.”
Emhoff studied fine art with a focus on clothing and textiles. In the spring of 2021, she is launching a limited collection of knitwear, with Batsheva Hay, and tells vanity lounge there are designs for an eponymous collection at some point.
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She was named “Icon of the Year” by Harper’s Bazaar
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Harper’s Bazaar named Emhoff one of their “icons” of the year for his impact on the world through his ideas and art. She spoke with PEOPLE at 2022 Harper’s Bazaar Icons & Bloomingdale’s 150th Anniversary about the honor.
“It’s kind of shocking,” she said. “It’s an incredible honor and as someone who doesn’t really think of themselves like that, it’s a good comfort. And it makes me check myself and the way I view myself, so exciting.”
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She embraces her natural beauty
Emhoff has established herself as a trendsetter in the fashion industry due to her low maintenance beauty routine, in addition to being an advocate for natural beauty.
“When I was younger I waxed my mid brow area but I recently quit and it’s amazing,” she said in a video for Hello Vogue as she geared up for Balenciaga’s Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2022 show. “I think everyone should just embrace their little unibrows.”
Pioneering an aberrant new normal, the model also doesn’t cover up her tattoos or shave her armpits. In September 2021, she notably paraded during Prabal Gurung’s New York Fashion Week show in a stripped look.
She goes out QG editor Sam Hine
In August 2021, Emhoff confirmed her relationship with QG editor Sam Hine during an interview with vanity lounge. While the pair have made appearances on a number of red carpets and fashion events, the model describes the perfect date as “a stop at the market, picking up the wackiest produce and figuring out what to cook with”.
Hine is also supportive of Emhoff, his career and his philosophy. “She’s making herself and that’s the message,” Hine told PEOPLE Harper’s Bazaar to party. “She’s a real person. And that’s the most important thing. That’s being an icon.”