Ella Emhoff: “I never saw myself as elegant”
When Ella Emhoff wore this dazzled the Miu Miu coat on inauguration day earlier this year, she watched her style star launch overnight.
Vice President’s 22-year-old daughter-in-law Kamala Harris signed a contract with IMG models a week later, made her runway debut at New York Fashion Week in February, and even launched her own collection of knits in March.
Most recently, Emhoff spent her September attending the Met Gala, shows at Paris Fashion Week and signed on to be the face of the adidas by Stella McCartney line – and no one is more surprised than she is. by its status as a style icon.
“Growing up, I never saw myself as elegant, at all! Obviously, I loved fashion and was very attached to it. But I really liked doing my own thing and being really comfortable in my own body, you know? Emhoff tells She.
“I never saw myself as a ‘fashion person’. And I don’t know if my classmates either!
Being able to stick to your ‘real instincts’ when it comes to styling is something that made Emhoff feel ‘really good’.
“If I had to describe my style right now, it’s not even a way of dressing. It’s just to wear clothes that you feel good in, without being really influenced by what other people want you to wear, ”she explains.
“Also, don’t get carried away by what you were wearing or what people think you would wear. Because it’s not the clothes you wear. It is the confidence that you have and the ability to live your life in these clothes.
Like many Gen Zers, sustainability is at the forefront of Emhoff’s mind, which is part of why she decided to sign with McCartney.
” She is [Stella McCartney’s] one of the biggest leaders in this push for sustainability. She was in the field for the first time, and she’s not just creating sustainable products, but new materials, ”Emhoff explains.
“She’s not just focusing on her own brand, but also on the industry itself… I think for real change to happen, it’s not just one person or a small group of people. It’s getting everyone to do it.
Emhoff adds that being a model is different from what it was ten years ago. “I think modeling is not just about modeling, it’s about creating space for people who do other things, be it art, activism, writing, any type of creation.
“I get really excited when I’m able to do things and work with brands that not only allow me to be the role model but also to share my own thoughts and to have [conversations] like this one where I can talk about sustainability and activism in general. This is what makes me so excited about the whole industry.