The mule is back, and Ella Emhoff has one.
Emhoff, the designer, model and daughter-in-law of Vice President Kamala Harris, uses her new status as an idiosyncratic Gen-Z style icon to explain why she thinks the notoriously shaggy mullet haircut – “the business at the front, the party at the back “- is” cool “and” chic “in its particularly” ugly “way.
– Vogue Track (@VogueRunway) June 2, 2021
In the new issue of Vogue, Emhoff is shown doing a professional touch up for the mullet she gave herself during the COVID-19 lockdown at her New York apartment.
“I feel like in the past, the mullet was seen as unappealing and a bit odd, and I’m really drawn to this almost ugly-chic look,” said the 21-year-old design school graduate. years at Vogue.
The mullet is basically short hair on top, long hair on the back, with a number of variations. A “hair historian,” cited by Vogue, said the style has been around since ancient Rome and the Vikings: long hair kept soldiers warm on the battlefield, “while shorter hair in the front was less likely. to be drawn by an adversary “.
David Bowie pushed the mullet into mainstream fashion in the 1970s, with his spiky red brush cut for his alter ego Ziggy Stardust, and the hairstyle never really went away. Women adopted variations on the look with 1970s shag haircuts, as it became the go-to look for 1980s action stars Sylvester Stallone, Kurt Russell, Mel Gibson and Patrick Swayze. In the 1990s, mules appeared on Billy Ray Cyrus, who took his to the extreme, and Ewan McGregor in “The Phantom Menace”.
I find myself staring at the #Rambo movies for no good reason this long weekend (I’m as surprised as you are) and concluded that Stallone hit mullet in # Rambo3. It is the mule in its highest form. The mule to which all other mules aspire. Marvel at this mule pic.twitter.com/r4GAGYDkGZ
– #SHIFT (@TheGentYYC) May 24, 2021
A New York-based stylist told Vogue that the mullet is one of the only haircuts that can be worn by a man, woman or non-binary person. The magazine also reported that the mullet has returned to the center of fashion in recent months, with few “mullet-less” fall fashion shows. A new generation of pop stars are reinterpreting the look over the past year, including Rihanna, K-pop stars like BTS’s V, and Billy Ray’s daughter Miley Cyrus.
#BTSARMY remained thirsty #BTS member #V‘s’ mule’ looks like they’re convinced #Taehyung is the living embodiment of a Disney prince. And, we totally agree! 💜https://t.co/Sp9TVyh5pE # TaehyungYou’rePerfect @BTS_twt
– Pinkvilla (@pinkvilla) August 14, 2020
Like Emhoff, the “Prisoner” singer said her mullet was a product of the COVID-19 lockdown, with her mother giving her the only haircut she knew – the one she gave her father. “I had an option and I needed it”, Miley Cyrus joked in an interview.
Vogue warns that snatching a mule requires “a certain amount of momentum.” Los Angeles-based hairstylist Jared Henderson told Vogue that the “Swiss mullet, ‘I’m that confident being, and I really don’t care what people say, because I know I’m rocking. the hell of that hairstyle. ‘”
Emhoff has become someone with that confidence. America first met her when she attended the inauguration of her mother-in-law and President Joe Biden in January.
Even among all the style legends on the U.S. Capitol including Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, and Michelle Obama, Emhoff stood out, wearing a cinched-waist houndstooth Miu Miu coat with embellishments. sparkling shoulders and round John Lennon-style glasses.
At the time, Vogue said her outfit showed she would “not be attached to outdated notions about what a young woman adjacent to the White House should dress in.”
Emhoff is the daughter of former Los Angeles-based entertainment lawyer Doug Emhoff and his first wife, film producer Kerstin Mackin. He became America’s second gentleman when his second wife, Harris, was sworn in as vice president.
Prior to the inauguration, the fashion world was getting to know Emhoff as “Bushwick’s first daughter”, designing and making the brightly colored knitwear that she models and sells on Instagram. In an interview, she said her passion for knitting and designing was “inspired by years of watching ‘The Simpsons’ and being a bit of an emo kid.”
Emhoff also launched a modeling career, with IMG Models president Ivan Bart telling the New York Times that he signed her into his agency because she “communicates this moment in time.” There is an insolence and a joy that she exudes.
This insolence and joy is felt in the way Emhoff pulls a mule and loves its “shape-shifting potential,” Vogue said. Emhoff told the magazine, “The more you have this style, the more you want to push the boundaries of how you can achieve it.”