Vice President Kamala Harris‘ stepdaughter Ella Emhoff quickly emerged as a breakout star of the inauguration this week, thanks in part to her stylish designer coat — and in part to an eyebrow wiggle caught by TV cameras.
While attending the ceremony on Wednesday, the 21-year-old Parsons School of Design art student attended the ceremony on Wednesday was captured on camera reacting as former Vice President Mike Pence walked out — and though most of her face was covered with a face mask, she still managed to be incredibly expressive.
As cameras panned to former President Barack Obama, Ella, standing behind him, could be seen dramatically wiggling her eyebrows, a move that has captured the attention of thousands of social media users.
Viral: Vice President Kamala Harris’ stepdaughter Ella Emhoff quickly emerged as a breakout star of the inauguration this week, thanks in part to an eyebrow wiggle caught by TV cameras
On camera: When former VP Pence walked by, cameras captured Ella wiggling her eyebrows, one at a time
Funny: The blink-and-you-missed-it-moment quickly became a viral clip from the inauguration, capturing the few seconds it took for Ella to wiggle her eyebrows above her glasses
Ella and her brother Cole call Vice President Harris ‘Momala’
The blink-and-you-missed-it-moment quickly became a viral clip from the inauguration, capturing the few seconds it took for Ella to wiggle her eyebrows, one at a time, above her glasses.
Twitter users have branded the moment ‘sassy’ and imaged they could read her thoughts as she reacted to Pence walking in front of her.
‘Lmaoooo Ella Emhoff’s eyebrow waggle this is amazing,’ wrote one.
‘You thought Ella Emhoff’s coat was cool, but what about these side eyebrows,’ said another.
‘I have very little interest in celebrity fawning, treating this kind of pomp and circumstance like it’s emotionally meaningful, or acting like these people are my buddies (or yours). But then Ella Emhoff waggled her eyebrows like Groucho and my frozen heart melted a little bit,’ opined a third.
Yet another wrote: ‘J.Lo was cool but its Ella Emhoff’s eyebrow for me.’
In love: Twitter users have branded the moment ‘sassy’ and imaged they could read her thoughts as she reacted to Pence walking in front of her
‘I hope Ella Emhoff’s eyebrows have got their own agent,’ quipped yet another, while one more wrote that the moment ‘gave me great joy.’
‘I could watch Ella Emhoff’s eyebrows at the inauguration all day. (Was this to Pence?) I’m so glad she’s part of this new crew,’ said another.
Several particularly loved that it was a reaction to Pence.
‘Ella Emhoff’s reaction to Pence most amusing inaugural moment. What spell was she casting? I think it was something to help him feel comfortable in his surroundings. And how cool is she for bringing The Monster Book of Monsters for Joe to be sworn in on,’ said one.
‘Catching Ella Emhoff wiggling her eyebrows when Mike Pence walked out actually just made my day, the kids are all right,’ tweeted another.
‘I am now an unabashed Ella Emhoff stan—not just for the iconic fashion, but for the sassy eyebrow raise when the Pences walked out,’ said one more.
They are calling the clip ‘amazing’ and saying it ‘gave me great joy’ and ‘made my day’
While there was plenty of head-turning fashion to behold at the event on Wednesday, Ella quickly emerged as one to watch when she stepped out with her brother Cole, 26.
Ella — who is the daughter of Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff and his ex-wife, Emmy award-winning film producer Kerstin Emhoff — turned heads in a mid-length wool Miu Miu coat, with a plaid pattern, a cinched waist, and pockets at the hips. At the top was a contrasting white collar and orange-gold crystal embellishments.
A similar coat in black costs $4,950.
Underneath, she later revealed she was wearing a burgundy tea dress from independent New York designer Batsheva Hay.
Speaking to Vogue, Ella, who is in her final year of college in New York, explained how she had the bespoke look made.
‘My mood board was very “little girl,” in a sense, a lot of scalloped collars and big silhouette shoulders and small buttons.
Glam! On inauguration day, social media users were also hailing Ella’s style and fawning over this Miu Miu coat
Hanging with dad: Ella, 21, seen posing with her father, Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff, wore an embellished Miu Miu coat for the ceremony
Head-turning moment! The 21-year-old walked out with her brother Cole, 26, and quickly drew attention with her quirky sense of style
Ella walks alongside her dad, her stepmother Kamala, Kamala’s niece Meena, and one of Meena’s daughters
‘I was going for something girlier, to embrace my feminine side — especially after that suit that I felt so great in — because, like, how many times do you prepare yourself to attend an inauguration? This momentous of an event deserves a momentous outfit,’ she said.
As for the burgundy dress by Batsheva Hay she wore underneath her coat, she added: ‘Something that’s really important for me, especially with people I wear, is: I want to be able to see them as an artist and as a designer, and work with people who I really respect.
‘I love New York for its fashion community, especially the parts that are created through Instagram, so working with a designer from that scene who was able to create something formal was perfect.’
Her looks have already caused a stir in the fashion world, with Teen Vogue calling her the ‘cool girl’ of the Biden-Harris administration, Vice branding her a ‘slow fashion king,’ and British Vogue saying the coat was the ‘first viral moment’ of the new presidency.
Twitter users flooded the social media platform with praise as well.
Under her statement-making coat was a burgundy dress by designer Batsheva Hay
Her dress seemed somewhat coordinated with a turquoise Ulla Johnson number that Kamala’s niece Meena wore
Hours before, Ella wowed in a preppy white shirt and tie tucked into a striped Thome Browne pleated skirt in the colors of the US flag as she posed with her mother and brother at the Lincoln Memorial on Instagram
‘I have to stan ella emhoff, style icon,’ wrote one.
‘I’m very excited for four years of Ella Emhoff,’ wrote another.
‘OBSESSED with Ella Emhoff’s coat,’ wrote a third, while a fourth tweeted: ‘Excited for Ella Emhoff to become a style icon over the next four years.’
‘Ella Emhoff did with one coat what Ivanka couldn’t get done in four years. Instant style icon,’ wrote Tom and Lorenzo.
‘Lots of great outfits but gotta go Ella Emhoff for the win,’ journalist Ashley Parker tweeted.
Writer Evan Ross Katz added: ‘The shoulder embellishments on Ella Emhoff’s coat? I smell a style icon in the making.’
Twitter users flooded the social media platform with praise for Ella’s style, and her Miu Miu coat in particular