Ella Emhoff lands her first magazine cover just one day after debuting at New York Fashion Week

Ella Emhoff has debuted as a cover girl.

Emhoff, the stepdaughter of Vice President Kamala Harris, was featured on the cover of Dust Magazine’s Spring 2021 issue. 

The triumph came after Emhoff signed with IMG Models in January and only one day after she made her runway debut at New York Fashion Week.

In a photo unveiled Friday, the 21-year-old paired a patchwork knit sweater she designed with  a Gucci cotton shirt and a sleeveless turtleneck from The Row. Her notable curls were slicked back and her glasses absent. 

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Emhoff, who’s emerged as the White House’s style icon, is a New York City resident and currently focused on knitwear at Parsons School of Design. 

According to Women’s Wear Daily, Emhoff modeled several designers, including Prada and Balenciaga, as part of the photoshoot and was interviewed by artist Marina Abramović. She was photographed in a Brooklyn studio by Collier Schorr and styled by Brian Molloy. 

Emhoff revealed in the interview that her inauguration outfit, which fashion lovers lauded, was a “spur-of-the-moment” choice and represented her personal style well. 

“Personally, I like the cross between old and new,” she told Dust. “I love the doily-type collars, I obviously love knits, I love tartans, I love classic embroidery, and I wanted to make sure I stayed true to myself and keep that alive.”

While fashion has quickly encompassed Emhoff’s arrival on the national stage, she still plans to graduate school and continue knitwear. 

“I’m in my last semester, so it’s very, very close,” she said. 

“But after college, I’m obviously very excited about signing with IMG, modeling and developing that creative aspect, but also continuing with my knitwear — it’s really important to me. It’s almost a selfish act, a cathartic experience, my therapy,” she added. 

Emhoff was first labeled a “style icon” after she stunned during the 2021 inauguration

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Cole and Ella Emhoff at the Biden-Harris Inauguration.
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The Biden-Harris Inauguration was a highly stylized event, but Twitter collectively swooned when Emhoff strutted onto the Capitol steps. 

She donned a Miu Miu’s Shetland Pied De Poule coat designed with embellished shoulders, a cinched waistline, and an oversized peter pan collar. Emhoff wore the coat over a burgundy Batsheva dress. 

She later signed to IMG Models, which represents celebrities like Karlie Kloss, Gigi Hadid, and Justin Bieber. 

Emhoff is the daughter of Doug Emhoff, the first-ever second gentleman and husband to Harris. The couple met on a blind date in 2013 and married in 2014. 

Harris revealed in an Elle interview that neither Emhoff nor her brother, Cole Emhoff, liked the term “stepmom,” so they call her “momala” instead. 

“Our time as a family is Sunday dinner,” she said. “We come together, all of us around the table, and over time we’ve fallen into our roles. Cole sets the table and picks the music, Ella makes beautiful desserts, Doug acts as my sous-chef, and I cook.”

On Thursday, Proenza Schouler shared a video of its Fall/Winter 2021 fashion show, which featured Emhoff modeling three bold outfits and statement coats. 

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