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Ella Emhoff makes runway debut -- and yes, she's in a coat

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Posted at 1:35 PM, Feb 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-18 13:45:56-05

NEW YORK — For a first modeling gig, it's not too shabby: a spot on the Proenza Schouler runway for New York Fashion Week.

In a digital short released Thursday, Ella Emhoff, an art student, knitwear designer and stepdaughter of Vice President Kamala Harris, plays a starring role.

Proenza designers Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough said the 21-year-old art major at the Parsons School of Design, where they themselves were students, was “an ambassador of the new moment.”

Proenza Schouler from Fuse Technical Group on Vimeo.

Proenza, like many brands, is presenting their Fall-Winter 2021 collection digitally because of ongoing health and safety concerns around the spread of the coronavirus.

In a recorded interview for NYFW at Spring Studios in London, Emhoff admitted to having first-show jitters.

"I definitely lost a little sleep the night before," she said in conversation with Proenza Schouler designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez. "I mean I'm walking for the first time, I'm in a professional environment for the first time... It was a very epic first experience with the fashion world."

Emhoff recently signed with IMG Models, along with an even bigger breakout newsmaker of the inauguration: poet Amanda Gorman.