Biden's gravy train may be stalled on the tracks until federal
authorities conclude their investigation into
his finances, but that doesn't mean other Biden-Harris family members
can't cash in on their proximity to power.
Emhoff, the 21-year-old stepdaughter of Vice President Kamala Harris,
recently scored a
major modeling contract with IMG Models, a firm with deep ties to the
to signing with IMG, the Brooklyn-based "artist" was best known for
wearing a weird coat to the inauguration ceremony, and for the inability
of journalists to contain their excitement in response to said coat. For
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how the New
York Times described the
Second Stepdaughter's alternative appeal in an article announcing her
new modeling gig:
Emhoff throws a crocheted grenade at the image of typical D.C.
political offspring, with a style that could be termed Wes Anderson
chic. In her selfies, she doesn’t wear much makeup and doesn’t
carefully blow-dry her naturally curly hair. She shows off her armpit
hair and cartoonish tattoos, which include eggs and bacon in the shape
of a smiley face and a cow.
Ivan Bart, president of IMG Models, explained in an interview with the Times,
being a model is "not really about shape, size or gender anymore."
Emhoff was a perfect fit for the organization, Bart said, because she
exudes "cheekiness" and "joy," and "communicates this moment in time."
most journalists seemed to agree with that assessment, there were a few
exceptions. Slate published
an article expressing
frustration with "the way Emhoff’s deal has been conveyed and
celebrated" as a norm-destroying coup, pointing out that there isn't
anything particularly revolutionary or diverse about being a rich,
white, tall, thin, female Brooklynite with tattoos and armpit hair.
was an early max donor to Harris's failed presidential campaign,
according to federal election records. He reportedly met Emhoff at the
fundraiser where he presumably wrote the check for $2,700.
the summer of 2020, around the time Joe Biden picked Harris as his
running mate, Bart and Emhoff began discussing the possibility of a
modeling contract with IMG. It would seem, however, that a final
decision wasn't made until Harris was sworn in as vice president.
is part of an entertainment conglomerate run by Ari Emanuel, brother of
Rahm Emanuel, the former Obama chief of staff, and Patrick Whitesell, a
prolific Democratic donor who contributed more than $150,000 to
Democratic candidates and committees in the 2020 election cycle.
isn't the only member of Harris's family cashing in on the success of
the Biden-Harris ticket.
niece, Meena Harris, published a Kamala-themed children's book in 2020,
and a second book released on the eve of the inauguration. She also
started her own apparel
company specializing in #Resistance swag,
including this $52
Anthony Fauci mug. Lawyers for the Biden-Harris transition team were
concerned enough to warn the
ambitious niece against profiting off her aunt's image.
Biden's ongoing legal challenges haven't stopped other members of the
Biden family from blatantly exploiting their ties to the president
for financial gain. Joe Biden's younger brother, Frank Biden, promoted his
relationship with the president in an ad published on Inauguration Day
in a Florida business journal.
brother is a model for how to go about doing this work," Frank Biden
says in the ad for the Florida-based litigation firm where he works as a
non-attorney senior adviser. The younger Biden has previously bragged about
his success in lobbying his brother on behalf of moneyed interests
during the Obama administration.