Kamala Harris‘ stepdaughter Ella Emhoff couldn’t keep her hands off her GQ editor boyfriend Sam Hines as they soaked up the sun at the $5,600-a-night Eden Roc D’Antibes hotel on the French Riviera.
Ella, 22, who signed with Gigi Hadid‘s modeling agency IMG in January, was pictured tousling the 27-year-old’s auburn locks as they kicked back on a raft before diving into the cool waters of the Cote D’Azur.
The model donned a scarlet bathing suit for her day on the water, flashing several tattoos on her arms, legs and torso while enjoying time in the sunshine.
Later on Thursday, they were spotted enjoying a drink under parasols at a beachside bar in the popular celebrity haunt.
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.
Ella, 22, who signed with Gigi Hadid ‘s modeling agency IMG in January, was pictured tousling the 27-year-old’s auburn locks as they kicked back on a raft at the $5,600-a-night Eden Roc D’Antibes hotel
The model donned a scarlet bathing suit for her day on the water, flashing several tattoos on her arms, legs and torso while spending time in the sunshine
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 New York’s Parsons School of Design.
The stylish second daughter also released a debut knitwear collection in February, which sold out in minutes, and followed 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 was pictured last week relaxing on a charter boat.
Earlier this week, 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.
Ella shared several candid snaps from the couple’s French 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.
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
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
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.
‘We’ve talked about that but I think it would torture Secret Service,’ she joked.
Following their jaunt on the water (pictured), the were spotted enjoying a drink under parasols at a beachside bar in the popular celebrity haunt.
Hipster couple: Ella and the 27-year-old Chicago native – who’s senior associate editor of GQ and GQ Style – were first pictured dining on Hokkaido cuisine at Dr. Clark in Chinatown four months ago (pictured May 15)
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.
‘I am so proud of you!’ On May 15, the Bushwick tastemaker’s famous 56-year-old ‘Momala’ (R) congratulated her on receiving a bachelor of fine arts from The New School’s Parsons School of Design
‘Our baby girl Ella!’ Ella is one of two children the Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff (R) fathered during his 16-year marriage to Kerstin Mackin (L), which ended in 2008 (posted May 15)