Kamala Harris‘ stepdaughter Ella Emhoff has quickly taken to the jet-set model lifestyle, taking time to soak up the sun on a yacht in St. Tropez with her beau Sam Hine just days after the fashion-forward couple attended a star-studded style event in Paris.
The 22-year-old, who signed with Gigi Hadid‘s modeling agency IMG in January, was pictured kicking back with her GQ editor boyfriend aboard the charter boat on Tuesday, when they were seen kissing, cuddling, snapping selfies and toasting drinks on the bow of their yacht.
Ella donned a skimpy lime-green bikini for her day on the water, pairing the vibrant swimwear with a blue baseball cap, a pair of sunglasses, and several necklaces, flashing several tattoos on her arms, legs and torso while spending time in the sunshine.
Her beau Sam, 27, who is a senior associate editor at GQ, donned red-and-purple patterned swim shorts and a pair of shades with blue lenses.
Rock on! Kamala Harris’ model stepdaughter Ella Emhoff spent a fun day out aboard a charter yacht in St. Tropez on Tuesday, when she was pictured soaking up the sun in a lime-green bikini
Love boat: The 22-year-old second daughter was joined by her beau Sam Hine, 27, and the happy couple were seen toasting drinks and kissing while aboard the boat
Relaxation: Ella, who is the daughter of Kamala’s husband Doug Emhoff and his ex-wife Kerstin, and Sam lounged on the bow of the yacht, taking in the view and enjoying some drinks
Strike a pose: The model, who signed with Gigi Hadid’s agency IMG in January, also snapped some selfies with her boyfriend
Summer style: Ella donned a vibrant bikini for her day in the sun, pairing the swimwear with a blue baseball cap, sunglasses and several necklaces
Fun in the sun: The couple spent several hours aboard the yacht, which met them at celebrity hotspot Club 55 – where Ella appears to have got her baseball cap
The happy couple looked to be in their element aboard the small charter yacht, which can be rented for $2,400 a day, and were seen laying back and relaxing together, enjoying some drinks, and taking plenty of pictures.
Ella and Sam were first photographed together in February of this year, just weeks after the budding model earned viral fashion fame with the quirky look she sported at President Joe Biden’s inauguration.
In the months since the inauguration, Ella has become a regular fixture on the fashion circuit, signing a contract with modeling agency IMG, making her debut at New York Fashion Week, and celebrating her graduation from Parsons School of Design.
The stylish second daughter also released a debut knitwear collection in February, which sold out in minutes, and follwed that up by unveiling a collaboration with popular brand Batsheva – the same company that designed the dress that she wore to the inauguration under a Miu Miu coat.
But after a busy few months, it seems Ella is now content to spend some time relaxing with her beau, with whom she shared several smooches while on-board their charter boat.
Ink: The budding model flashed several tattoos on her arms, legs, and torso while soaking up the sun
Cheers! It has been a busy few months for Ella, who earned viral fame at President Joe Biden’s inauguration, where she stepped out in a quirky fashion-forward ensemble
Pucker up: Ella and Sam, who were first pictured together in February, kissed and cuddled during their time on the yacht
R&R: The couple attended a fashion event in Paris together on Saturday night, before traveling down to St. Tropez where they enjoyed some time off
Selfie time: The couple took multiple photographs on their phones, with Ella seen snapping a selfie alongside her beau while he drank some water
A toast! Their trip to St. Tropez comes just weeks after Ella celebrated her graduation from Parsons School of Design in New York City, where she studied textile design
Lounging around: The model seemed to be enjoying a well-deserved break after finishing her time at school
Although the couple appear to have spent most of their time soaking up the sunshine on the cushioned bow of the boat, there were plenty other luxury amenities for them to enjoy aboard the yacht.
According to its rental website, the Sunseeker – named Papakeecha – comes complete with a spacious seating area below deck, as well as a comfortable bedroom, and even its own bar, which is perhaps where the couple’s drinks were prepared.
There were several staff seen on-board the boat with Ella and Sam – including one man who served the couple beverages as they enjoyed the sunshine.
The couple boarded the boat from celebrity St. Tropez hotspot Club 55, which has previously been frequented by the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L Jackson, and Princess Diana’s niece Kitty Spencer.
Ella happily promoted the A-list-approved restaurant by sporting its logo on her blue baseball cap, which shielded her eyes from the bright sunshine.
Chit chat: The fashionable duo were also seen chatting away happily
Comfy: The cushioned area on the bow of their boat – which can be rented for $2,400 a day – provided the perfect place for the couple to relax in the sunshine
What do you think? Ella showed off her model pout as she took a photo of herself
Ideal conditions: The duo took full advantage of the balmy weather by spending plenty of time in the sun
Helping hands: Ella and Sam were joined on the boat by several staff members, who remained under cover while the couple sunbathed and snapped photos
Refill! Their drinks were served by a helpful man who left Ella and Sam in peace after bringing out their beverages
Chin chin: Ella and Sam appeared completely relaxed as they enjoyed their beverages, which were served in white goblets
The up-and-coming designer and her boyfriend were seen strolling along the dock at the beachfront venue before boarding a dinghy that ferried them out to their yacht, and then brought them back to the restaurant at the end of the day.
Family: Ella (far right) earned viral fame at the inauguration with her fashion-forward ensemble
In true model fashion, Ella managed an outfit change before returning to Club 55, putting on a figure-hugging black dress over her bikini, and donning a yellow headscarf in place of her baseball cap.
She also carried a large leather tote bag from popular brand Telfar over her shoulder, and sported a pair of black Birkenstock sandals on her feet.
Sam also covered up in a patterned short-sleeve button-up, and wore a pair of sandals from Proenza Schouler’s collaboration with Birkenstock as the couple strolled towards Club 55.
It is no surprise that the couple chose the celebrity haunt, particularly as they have quickly achieved star status themselves in recent months – and were seen rubbing shoulders with several A-listers at a fashion party in Paris on Saturday night.
The duo attended a party to celebrate fashion brand Casablanca’s new collection film Masao San, and they were joined at the event by the likes of Bella Hadid, Emily in Paris star Ashley Park, and Camile Rowe.
Having a whale of a time! The model flashed her armpits as she waved her hands in the air in a gesture of excitement
On the move: Ella showed off her very toned figure while strolling around the side of the boat to reach the bow
All eyes on her: Sam happily lounged alongside his partner as she took photos on her phone
Luxury: According to its website, the charter yacht features a spacious indoor seating area, ample space for lounging in the sun, and its own bar area
Lookout: The couple enjoyed the sights and sounds around them while sunning themselves on the boat
Happy as a clam: Ella couldn’t wipe the smile off her face as she spent time with her partner
Summer sip: Ella and Sam both clutched drinks as they enjoyed their day on the water
Romantic: They were not shy about showing their affection for one another
Ella shared several candid snaps from the couple’s France trip on her Instagram on Wednesday, including one photo that shows her capturing a picture of the ocean while traveling in the back of a car.
The model also posted an image with her mother, Kerstin, who appears to have joined the couple on their trip to France and was seen wearing a pretty floral frock in the photo, while strolling towards the beach with Sam.
However Kerstin did not join Ella and Sam for their yacht adventure, allowing the couple to enjoy some private time together, which they took full advantage of.
Kerstin recently opened up about her cordial relationship with her ex-husband Doug and the Vice President in an interview with Politico – in which she also insisted that she doesn’t want to be known simply as the Second Gentleman’s ex-wife, but rather recognized in her own right for her professional accomplishments.
‘I went from building a company from scratch and just trying to get attention to my company, my partners, my directors, the work that we’re doing non-stop to you Google me and it’s like crazy websites of “5 things you don’t know about Doug Emhoff’s ex-wife” or “Kamala Harris’s Husband’s ex-wife,”‘ she lamented.
However, her struggle with the title of ‘Doug Emhoff’s ex-wife’ has not stopped her from enjoying a friendship with him and Kamala, and she revealed that the trio used to attend spin classes at SoulCyle together – although she noted that this hasn’t happened since the couple moved to D.C. and became the Vice President and Second Gentleman.
Model status: Ella proved herself to be more than comfortable in front of the camera while snapping photos of herself
Hurrah! She was also seen cheering at something in the distance
Service with a smile: The couple beamed with delight as they were handed beverages
Your turn: As well as snapping photos of herself, Ella also turned the camera on her beau
Getting in on the action: Sam also snagged a few photos on his phone
She’s a natural! The model, who is part of IMG’s Development talent, has already appeared in her first shoot for Vogue, in which she showcased a mullet hairstyle while celebrating its resurgence
Getting comfortable: The couple settled in happily on the cushioned area, where they remained for the majority of their boat trip
Hydration is key! Sam kept a bottle of water handy while the pair lay in the sunshine
‘We’ve talked about that but I think it would torture Secret Service,’ she joked.
Kerstin, who is based in California, while her daughter lives on the East Coast in New York City, is the CEO of production company Prettybird, through which she has worked on several music videos for big-name artists like Beyonce and Nine Inch Nails.
Ella is understood to have a close bond with her mom, her dad, and her stepmother Kamala, who publicly congratulated the 22-year-old on her graduation from Parsons last month in a sweet Instagram tribute.
The Vice President posted an image of herself smiling proudly while posing alongside Ella, writing: ‘Congratulations to our daughter Ella on her graduation. I am so proud of you. Keep dreaming with ambition and there is nothing you cannot achieve.’
She signed off the note with the words ‘Love, Momala’ – the affectionate name that Ella and her older brother, Cole, call their stepmom.
Ella and her sibling became step-children to Kamala in 2014 when the then-Attorney General of California tied the knot with Doug in an intimate courthouse wedding in Santa Barbara.
Back to shore: Ella covered up her bikini in a form-fitting black dress as she and Sam made their way into Club 55
Strutting their stuff: The couple turned the pier into their own personal catwalk, with both donning Birkenstock sandals, while Sam sported a patterned button-up over his swim shorts
Support: Ella was given a helping hand as she left the charter yacht and boarded a dinghy, which returned the couple to shore
Done and dusted! Both Sam and Ella looked relaxed and refreshed as they made their way into the celebrity-approved Club 55