Ella Emhoff, Kamala Harris’ stepdaughter, is a new kind of style icon

America got to know Ella Emhoff, the 21-year-old fashion student, when she attended the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, who is her stepmother.

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris applauds with husband Doug Emhoff, left, and her stepdaughter Ella Emhoff as President-elect Joe Biden arrives for the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) 

Even among all the style legends at the U.S. Capitol, including Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and Michelle Obama, Emhoff stood out, wearing a cinched-waist houndstooth Miu Miu coat with sparkling shoulder embellishments and John Lennon-style round glasses. Vogue said her outfit showed she wouldn’t be “hewing to any outdated notions of what a White House-adjacent young woman should dress like.”

Fashionistas got to know her more in the past couple days when she made her surprise modeling debut at New York Fashion Week, wearing the clothes of fashion label Proenza Schouler.

“It was my first ever fashion experience and I have to say I was a little nervous,” Emhoff told the label’s designers, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, during a conversation reported by Vogue. “I definitely lost a little sleep the night before … I’m walking for the first time. I’m in a professional environment like that for the first time, I’m meeting you guys for the first time … the anticipation was really high.”

Look who it is in the @proenzaschouler show. Hello, Ella Emhoff! pic.twitter.com/ojjYRgXml5

— Vanessa Friedman (@VVFriedman) February 18, 2021

After the inauguration, IMG Models announced that it had signed Emhoff to work with its agency. President Ivan Bart told the New York Times that “Ella communicates this moment in time. There’s a cheekiness and a joy she exudes.”

Even before the inauguration, the fashion world was getting acquainted with Emhoff. Vogue said the New York City resident had been dubbed “The First Daughter of Bushwick,” in part because of “her extremely Gen-Z fondness for knitting and stick-and-poke tattoos.”

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 15: Ella Emhoff speak at NYFW The Talks during New York Fashion Week: The Shows February 2021 at Spring Studios on February 15, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows) 

Emhoff is the daughter of former Los Angeles-based entertainment lawyer Doug Emhoff and his first wife, film producer Kerstin Mackin. He became the second gentleman of the United States when his second wife, Harris, was sworn in as vice president.

A profile for Garage in November also mentioned Ella Emhoff’s fondness for tattoos. Emhoff, who is finishing up a degree in fine art from the Parsons School of Design, creates brightly colored knitwear “inspired by tween years spent being watching ‘The Simpsons’ and being a bit of an emo kid.” She models her own knitwear on Instagram, where she also sells it.

“In the past, she’s also worked in painting and ceramics, painting pictures of Pop Tarts and making the occasional tiny cowboy hat or Hello Kitty bowl,” the profile said. “Emhoff is an art school kid; someone you could see yourself running into at a DIY punk show or at a zine fair.”

The profile also emphasized how Emhoff is an advocate for “slow fashion,” the idea that people should buy better-quality garments that last longer, and should make fashion choices based on a brand’s commitment to the environment and to the ethical treatment of people and animals.

Emhoff acknowledged to Garage how weird her life has gotten since Harris was elected vice president in November, but she said she was trying to focus on finishing up school, with the ultimate goal of launching a knitwear line.

“I think honestly being in this city has allowed me to really focus on school because I would say my first job right now is to be a student and to finish that, and then worry about those other things,” Emhoff said.

Knitting has become Emhoff’s passion, she explained in her conversation with McCollough and Hernandez. During COVID-19 lockdowns, she said she got a lot of knitting done, up to 12 hours a day. She also consumed a lot of media. In November, she said she had started watching “Naruto,” the anime series. Before that she watched “The Walking Dead” and “Mad Men.”

“I watch a lot of TV when I knit, so I have to stick to these shows that are a little mindless in a sense, that I can just passively watch,” she told Garage. “In terms of music, I’ve been listening to a lot of disco and funk.”

While Emhoff said she likes being a “one-women show” in producing her knitwear, she said she realizes that may not be possible if more and more people want to buy her brand.

“As stuff has started ramping up with my knitwear, it’s been harder,” she said.  “I can only make so many commissions while I’m also trying to just enjoy life.”

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