Vice President Kamala Harris’ stepdaughter Ella Emhoff has signed a contract with IMG Models. The contract with the modelling agency comes a week after the 21-year-old made headlines for her attire on the Inauguration Day of President Joe Biden and VP Harris. The coat outfit that Emhoff wore on January 20 went viral online.
IMG announced the news and tweeted, “NOW REPRESENTING: #EllaEmhoff!”
Emhoff now joins a league of superstars who have been signed by the prestigious international agency. According to news reports, IMG Models represents Gigi Hadid, Bella Hadid, Karlie Kloss, Miranda Kerr and Gisele Bündchen, among others.
Who is Ella Emhoff?
21-year-old Ella Emhoff, who is currently studying fine arts with a focus on textiles at Parsons School of Design in New York City, is the daughter of Harris’ husband and second gentleman Doug Emhoff and his first wife Kerstin, who is a film producer.
“I was pretty surprised when everything with IMG was happening because when I was younger, I never saw that as being part of my timeline. As someone who, like a lot of young girls out there, had self-confidence issues, it is intimidating and scary to go into this world that is hyper-focused on you and the body,” Emhoff told the New York Times.
Excited for Ella Emhoff to become a style icon over the next four years pic.twitter.com/aE6UVTk9oh— Meghan Smith (@meghansmith55) January 20, 2021
“I pick and choose the times I want to show my style,” she said about her viral Miu Miu coat and eyebrow-wiggling video, that went viral after the inauguration. She further pledged to be “part of that change” as someone with “really weird tattoos and kind of a funky haircut.”
Iconic eyebrow action from Ella Emhoff here when she sees Mike Pence pic.twitter.com/GBPeqndDco— Jono Read (@jonoread) January 20, 2021
Before inauguration day she had boasted about 50,000 followers on Instagram, and a week later the total had surpassed 300,000.
Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman has also signed a deal with the same agency.
“It’s not really about shape, size or gender any more,” said Ivan Bart, the president of IMG Models adding, Ella communicates this moment in time. There’s a cheekiness and a joy she exudes.”