Tennis sensation led the glamorous arrivals at the last night as she wowed the crowd in a stunning black and white Chanel ensemble.
The 18-year-old British tennis star has quickly gone from taking her A Levels to brushing up against A-listers after she was launched to fame following a dramatic rise up the ranks in tennis.
She scored an invite to the prestigious fashion event hosted by Vogue’s Dame Anna Wintour after she won the US Open on Saturday and strutted the red carpet at the Metropolitan Museum of Art alongside some of the world’s biggest stars, including Jennifer Lopez, Megan Fox and Kendall Jenner.
Many fashionistas and A-list stars went all out with bold, beautiful and some truly bizarre looks as they reveled in the spotlight, including a balaclava-clad Kim Kardashian.
The theme for the evening was In America: A Lexicon of Fashion and the event featured a heavy-hitting contingent of celebrity co-chairs: actor Timothée Chalamet, musician Billie Eilish, poet Amanda Gorman and tennis star Naomi Osaka.
It was no wonder Emma nailed it at fashion’s biggest night of the year after already being dubbed a style icon with her tennis looks.
She arrived at the New York party days after claiming £1.8million cheque for her defeat of fellow teenager Leylah Fernandez, wearing a gorgeous Chanel handkerchief skirt paired with a stunning cropped camisole and oversized shirt in a matching floral print which stole the show.
While walking up the iconic steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art she showed off the gorgeous pearl body jewellery the French design house gave her for the evening.
Tennis sensation Emma Raducanu, 18, led the glamorous arrivals at the Met Gala last night as she wowed the crowd in a stunning black and white Chanel ensemble
Emma strutted the red carpet at the Metropolitan Museum of Art alongside some of the world’s biggest stars, including Kendall Jenner, Jennifer Lopez and Kim Kardashian (l-r)
Many fashionistas and A-list stars went all out with bold, beautiful and some truly bizarre looks as they reveled in the spotlight, including actress Megan Fox, who wore a revealing scarlet encrusted gown
Emma posed for snaps alongside a host of A-listers, including Lily-Rose Depp, Whitney Peak, Margaret Qualley, Kristen Stewart (pictured l-r)
She arrived at the New York party, known as the Oscars of fashion, wearing a gorgeous Chanel handkerchief skirt paired with a stunning cropped camisole and oversized shirt which stole the show
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Channel your inner champion like Emma Raducanu in Chanel
What a couple of days it's been for 18-year-old British tennis player Emma Raducanu
From winning the US Open on Saturday to walking the red carpet on Met Gala Monday, she's the name on everyone's lips at the moment. And she's wearing Chanel no less! We bet Anna Wintour's a big fan…
This masterclass in monochrome hails from the Cruise 2021/22 collection, and we love the criss cross print crop top teamed with the printed maxi skirt and matching kimono. Look closely and you'll notice Chanel's iconic Camelia, No. 5 perfume bottle and of course the double C logo within the retro-style print. Add in patent leather wedge boots and Tiffany jewellery, and Emma truly is a star.
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Rihanna arrived with boyfriend ASAP Rocky, who wore a quilted number that he laid onto the carpet a look by ERL
Princess moment: Met Gala Co-chair Billie Eilish looked absolutely beautiful in a peach corset gown with Marilyn Monroe inspired tresses
Timeless: Hailey Bieber donned a sleek black strapless Saint Laurent gown with crystal detailing along the bustline (left) while Kaia Gerber wore a black faille gown with a cut-out bodice and ivy vine embroidered detail, revealing a hint of her cleavage (right)
Royal arrival: Emily Blunt (L) chose a sheer silver and white Grecian inspired gown with an intricate head piece, as did a newly blonde Hailee Steinfeld (second from right) and Zoe Kravitz (right) while Sienna Miller wore a Gucci rose beige lace gown
British stars Sienna Miller and Emily Blunt were joined on the red carpet by European editor-at-large of American Vogue Hamish Bowles
Crimson: Emily Ratajkowski donned a Vera Wang lace red dress featuring nude panels and a statement voluminous neckline (left) while Karlie Kloss showed off her pins in a flowing gown with a lengthy train (right)
Shades of red: Eiza Gonzalez, Jennifer Hudson, Valentina Sampaio and Tessa Thompson chose crimson toned frocks for the red carpet
The next generation of stars walk the red carpet! Madonna’s daughter Lourdes Leon donned a fuscia pink two piece while Brooklyn Beckham and fiancee Nicola Peltz shared a PDA moment on the carpet
Silver and gold: NBA star Steph Curry and wife Ayesha Curry, model Imaan Hammam and actress Gabrielle Union
And while some opted for neutral colours at the event, others went all out in bright neons and bold designs (left, Ciara and right, Dan Levy)
Dramatic arrival: Kim Petras, Natalia Bryant and Lorde all chose statement looks, but still looked incredible
Singer Lorde wore an all white two piece with beaded detailing for the occasion, pairing the look with an extravagant headpiece
A series of chains and pearls wound their way around Emma’s stomach, meeting in the middle in the designer’s statement CC logo encrusted with pearls and crystals.
The brunette beauty wore a pare of black patent leather ankle boots to complete the classic black and white look.
And she added a gorgeous pair of statement crystal earrings to match her body chain.
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She joined stars including Jennifer Lopez at the event, who showcased her toned legs in a plunging brown embroidered gown with a faux fur shearling coat and a hat; she is in custom Ralph Lauren.
The 52-year-old singer/actress/dancer arrived back to the states after a trip to the Venice Film Festival with boyfriend Ben Affleck, who skipped the red carpet.
Meanwhile Kim Kardashian wore head to toe black in a gown and facemask by Balenciaga, a striking difference from her 2019 look.
Irina Shayk, 35, beamed ear-to-ear as she hit the red carpet in Manhattan on Monday in a stunning nude dress that was decorated with 3D floral designs
A vision in white! Supermodel Gigi Hadid lead the glamour in a stunning monochrome look, while Alicia Keys followed suit in a gorgeous tulle gown
Classic: Lily Aldridge, Margaret Qualley and Joan Smalls
Eye catching: Actress Carey Mulligan and singer Normani were among those who wowed in bright over-the-top gowns at the event (pictured left and right)
Racing driver Lewis Hamilton was joined on the red carpet by a host of friends including Law Roach and Kehlani (pictured)
Couple: Taika Waititi and Rita Ora seen at the Gala; Rita chose a silver crop top and matching skirt, both by Prada adding a coordinating black jacket, and coordinated the look with De Beers jewellery
The couple were joined on the red carpet by late night TV host Jimmy Fallon, who playfully joined them for a photograph (pictured)
Neutrals: Cynthia Erivo (L), Claire Danes (C) and Megan Thee Stallion, who was dressed by Coach, (R) wore neutral tones for the event
Blush: Kate Hudson, who announced earlier in the day about her engagement to longtime love Danny Fujikawa; Lily-Rose Depp
Fashion date night: Serena Williams donned a feathered black, pink and white jacket with a silver lace jumpsuit for the Met Gala; she arrived with her husband Alexis Ohanian
Hosts: Poet Amanda Gorman and tennis star Naomi Osaka were among those celebrities who were chosen by Vogue to co-chair the event this year (left and right)
Whimsical: Riverdale star Lili Reinhart donned a custom Christian Siriano gown featuring a corset as well as flower applique; the dress celebrated all 50 state flowers (left) while Camila Cabello showed off her figure in a glittering purple gown (right)
Show stopper: Iman wore custom Harris Reed X Dolce and Gabbana; the feathered look included a bold head piece as well
Designers Vera Wang, 72, and Donatella Versace, 66, wore sweeping monochrome gowns for the event in New York last night (pictured left and right)
Spooky: Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams’ look was incredibly ghoulish – and, like Osaka, she also modeled a bizarre sculptural hairstyle
Ab-solutely stunning: Singers Saweetie (L) and 릴게임 Teyana Taylor (R) flashed their rock hard midsection in revealing gowns
Dante de Blasio, Chirlane McCray, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio were also in attendance at the A-lister event
The TV personality’s half-sister Kendall Jenner glittered in a sheer gown with a nude bodysuit underneath; the stunning frock had a statement silver choker-style neckline; she is wearing custom Givenchy, with the look inspired by Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady.
Elsewhere Megan Fox wowed in a striking crimson custom Dundas embellished gown that featured lace up details along the chest and sides.
The actress, who did not attend with boyfriend Machine Gun Kelly, paired the thigh-revealing number with red Jimmy Choo heels and a blunt fringe, adding red lipstick.
Emma will feature in this month’s issue of British Vogue wearing a series of designer gowns as she plays tennis in front of the camera.
Simone Biles (left) and Hailee Seinfield (right) were among the stars who opted for a dramatic makeup look for the annual event in New York
Gymnast Simone, 24, opted for a glittering floor-length gown that had a lengthy train, stunning embellished beading, and a figure hugging black bodice that was covered with silver stars
Biles’ red carpet appearance was not quite as easy breezy as she made out – with the gymnast revealing after she made her way towards the venue’s doors that she was actually struggling to maneuver herself in her impressive beaded dress, because it weighed a staggering 88lbs
Statement: Lil Nas X had three different looks at the event, changing from a dramatic golden cape into a suit of armour before he wore a form fitted body suit
Wow! I May Destroy You star Michaela Coel wore a blue sequin all-in-one to the Met Gala 2021 last night. Singer Troye Sivan dropped jaws again by cloaking his sublime physique in a slinky black dress for the Met Gala in New York City
Sheer: Olivia Rodrigo, Sharon Stone, Taraji P. Henson and Kacey Musgraves
Golden: Suni Lee, Laura Harrier, Mary J. Blige and Rachel Zegler all donned gold hued gowns with busty necklines
Bold: Winnie Harlow slipped on a sheer zebra printed gown with pointed black boots (left), while British star Gemma Chan chose to wear a black mini dress (right)
Supermodel Winnie was joined on the foots of the Met by Normani and Pierpaolo Piccioli at the event
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez chose to make a statement at the event as she donned a white gown bearing the words ‘Tax the rich’ in huge red lettering across the back
Benjamin Bronfman, Aurora James, Alexandria and Riley Roberts beamed as they attended the 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America
Shades of pastel and jewel tones: Zoey Dutch and Taylor Hill opted for pastels while Mindy Kaling and Lupita Nyong’o chose deep jewel tones
Winnie and Taylor beamed for the camera as they snuggled up for a picture at the event in New York last night
Whoopi Goldberg’s enormous purple gown looked like it was inspired by Barney the Dinosaur
Actress Leslie Grace joined Kate Hudson in wearing a daring pink outfit for the occasion, while Ciara opted for a neon green garment
Ciara’s highlighter green dress perfectly contrasted with her friend Kate Hudson’s baby pink gown (left), while she wore her hair in a cascading pony tail down her back (right)
And the Met Gala is just the first in a long line of red carpet invitations that have been thrust upon the young tennis star in the wake of her success.
She is also believed to have been asked to attend the premiere of the James Bond film No Time to Die in London at the end of the month.
And sources from The Graham Norton Show on BBC1 and The Johnathan Ross Show on ITV confirmed they are contending for an interview slot with the teenage athlete, according to .
She won over the hearts of American television viewers yesterday after appearing on Good Morning America and The Today Show.
While walking up the iconic steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art she showed off the gorgeous pearl body jewellery the French design house gave her for the evening
A series of chains and pearls wound their way around Emma’s stomach, meeting in the middle in the designer’s statement CC logo encrusted with pearls and crystals
The brunette beauty wore a pare of black patent leather ankle boots to complete the classic black and white look
And she added a gorgeous pair of statement crystal earrings to match her body chain
Glittering goddess: 릴게임 Kendall Jenner glittered in a sheer gown with a nude bodysuit underneath; the stunning frock had a statement choker-style neckline; she is wearing custom Givenchy, with the look inspired by Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady
The stunning frock had a statement silver choker-style neckline
Dazzling: The skirt swept towards the floor, glittering with every movement the elder Jenner sister made
Arrivals: Megan Fox kicked off the glitz and the glamour as she glided down the red carpet in at The Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in New York City
Red hot: Megan wowed in the striking crimson Dundas gown that featured lace up details along the chest and sides; she paired the thigh-revealing number with red heels
Close up: The mother of three showcased her cleavage in the racy look, adding crimson lipstick and statement earrings
Kim Kardashian divided fashion fans after arriving at the 2021 Met Gala in an all-black outfit that covered her face
Dark side: Kim, 40, wore pointed boots for the unforgettable look by Balenciaga and boots
Queen: Jennifer Lopez showcased her toned legs in a plunging brown gown with a fur coat and a hat
Legs for days: The 52-year-old singer/actress/dancer arrived back to the states after a trip to the Venice Film Festival with boyfriend Ben Affleck, who skipped the red carpet; she is in custom Ralph Lauren
PDA session: Ben, 49, did not pose on the steps with Jennifer but was snapped soon after sharing kisses with her near the entrance – despite both of them wearing face masks
Marilyn moment! Billie Eilish delivered the ultimate Marilyn Monroe moment as she arrived to the star-studded 2021 Met Gala on Monday evening in New York City
Billie attends The 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion
The star’s outfit was a far cry from her usual fashion choices, with the singer usually opting for a more casual look for events
Volume: Her bright blonde hair was styled in voluminous curls, reminiscent of the ones worn by the late Monroe
Confidence: Speaking to the night’s red carpet hosts, actress Keke Palmer and comedian Ilana Glazer, Eilish gushed over finally having the confidence to show off her curves
Bling: As for jewelry, Billie had several several shiny silver rings on her fingers that coordinated with the bangles on her wrists
Fashionably late: Rihanna was fashionably late to the Met Gala on Monday night
Queen of the Met: Rihanna wore a dramatic black Balenciaga overcoat with matching hat and 267 carats of Bulgari jewels
Unveiling: Ditching his wrap, which was designed by ERL, the hitmaker unveiled his fashion-forward tuxedo
Last but not least: According to Vogue, Rihanna and A$AP Rocky were the final guests to arrive
Supermodel Karlie showcased her incredible figure at the event in a stunning floorlength gown with huge sleeve detailing
At one stage Karlie lay across the steps of the museum as she posed for the camera in her elegant scarlet gown and accessorised her look with De Beers jewellery
Stunning: Kaia kept up with the theme – which was In America: A Lexicon of Fashion – in the form of nostalgia as she sported an exquisite Oscar de la Renta number at the gala event held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Stunning: The piece of couture also clung to the model’s torso in the form of a fitted bodice as it flowed out into a voluminous full-length skirt
Details: Gigi Hadid added blue eye makeup and her striking red hair pulled slightly back
Besties: Longtime friends Kendall, 25, and Gigi, 26, sweetly greeted each other on the red carpet
Speechless: The model wowed in a black and white strapless Prada gown with tights adding blue eye makeup and her striking red hair pulled slightly back
The teen wore button-fly jeans, believed to be a pair from fashionable brand Mother costing around £300, along with a white cashmere cardigan and top set costing £228 from sustainable clothing brand Reformation.
Her white trainers were from Nike, with whom she has a shoe and clothing sponsorship.
Her NBC hosts couldn’t get over how fabulous she is in person after having her on their breakfast show, which is shown across America. After interviewing her Craig Melvin gushed: ‘She’s delightful.’ Co-host Savannah Guthrie agreed: ‘I know. A star is born.’
During an interview with ABC she revealed her parents could not be in New York to see her extraordinary journey through to the tournament’s final because of strict rules in the US which meant they would have needed a special exemption visa to travel.
Va-va-voom: Emily Ratajkowski’s gown had a lengthy floral lace train that cascaded down the Met Gala steps
Crimson: The model donned a Vera Wang lace red dress featuring nude panels and a statement voluminous neckline
Strike a pose: Emily struck a playful pose while working her best angles for photographers
Trim: The off-the-shoulder look featured a sharp plunging neckline emphasizing her bust, and sheer cutouts on her sides highlighted her astounding post-baby body. The Gone Girl actress’ dress had a long train spread out over the stairs that added to the look’s glamour
Flower power: Irina Shayk, 35, left little to the imagination when she walked the red carpet Monday at the Met Gala in Manhattan in a nude Moschino dress decorated with flowers
Sheer: The see-through number had a corset top and a thigh high split; posing with designer Jeremy Scot
It takes two: The American designer wore a double-breasted black suit with a pink-lined tail that complement Irina’s flowers
Wow: She never puts a foot wrong when it comes to fashion. So Emily Blunt looked sensational when she attended the Met Gala in New York on Sunday
Gorgeous: The floor length garment was artfully adorned with crystal embellishment to protect her modesty and featured a billowing white cape that attached to the bodice
Wacky: Tennis pro Naomi led the worst-dressed stars at this year’s Met Gala, missing the mark completely in her bizarre multi-colored ensemble
The 23-year-old’s gown featured an unflattering criss-cross hemline and enormous ruffle sleeves that completely dwarfed her
Osaka’s hair was coiffed into a bizarre pretzel-shaped updo with huge fan-shaped pieces jutting out from either side of her head, which left her looking more like the guest at a Halloween party than a glittering celebrity gala
The baffling updo was all the more intricate from behind, featuring several tightly-woven braids that were not doubt used to anchor the rest of the enormous style
Neither have yet been seen since her victory. Raducanu posted a photo on Instagram today in front of a picture of herself on a billboard in New York, saying: ‘Sightseeing in NY, never thought I would see this, coolest thing.’
And Raducanu told ABC’s Good Morning America today: ‘I think that from a young age I’ve always sort of been brought up to have mental strength. My parents, you know, they played a huge part of my upbringing.
‘They were pretty tough on me when I was young but it kind of shaped the way and I think now it’s helping on the biggest stages in the world and Arthur Ashe Stadium when you really need it and it was basically a full capacity – so it was very, very cool. ‘
She added: ‘It was really nice to talk to them after I won. They were just so happy and proud of me and my toughest critics and very, very hard to please but, yeah, I got them with this one. They couldn’t resist.’
Royal arrival: Yara Shahidi, who is half Persian, looked like a goddess as she arrived in a taupe embroidered custom Dior gown with matching sleeves, complete with a veil
Unique: Actor Dan Levy donned a look that featured maps of the United States, which was on point for this year’s them
Looking good: Tom Daley cut a dapper figure for the evening in a black blazer which he wore with matching trousers and a shirt with a deep v-neckline
Football wife: Ciara, who is married to NFL star Russell Wilson, donned a neon green jersey inspired number while carrying a football shaped handbag. She is wearing Dundas
A goddess: Keke Palmer exuded glamor in a glittery black dress that featured a low back, revealing her sculpted frame, as she kicked off this year’s Met Gala
Staying close: Kit Harington and wife Rose Leslie; Rose donned a citrine tulle gown by Oscar de la Renta from the Resort 2022 collection and Kit wore Saint Laurent
Wow! Gymnast Nia Dennis did a flip along the steps of the Met Gala while sporting a blue jumpsuit
Raducanu beat Leylah Fernandez in the US Open final, winning all 20 sets she played in qualifying and the main draw as she became the first British woman to win a grand slam singles title since 1977 on Saturday.
Romanian Ian and Renee, who is Chinese, were living in Toronto, Canada, when only child Raducanu was born, and the family moved to the UK when she was two.
Both work in finance and their home is in a cul-de-sac in Bromley, South East London, where Raducanu and her father would hit tennis balls together in the street while the coronavirus lockdowns were ongoing.
During her GMA interview today, Raducanu also thanked the Queen for sending her a message of congratulation following her victory on Saturday, saying: ‘It is absolutely insane to think – it’s incredible.
Mr. and Mrs. Bieber: Hailey was joined by husband Justin Bieber on the carpet; he is wearing La Maison Drew, an extension of his brand Drew House
Bold: Eva Chen, Instagram’s director of fashion partnerships, stood out in a neon patterned frock with checkered gloves and De Beers jewellery
Millennials: YouTuber Emma Chamberlain also got an invite to the event, arriving in a cut-out gold and silver froc
‘I was so honoured and grateful to receive a note from Her Majesty. I mean, it meant everything to me and I’ll probably frame that letter and keep it in my room or something.’
But she added: ‘Honestly, I haven’t checked my messages yet. I’ve just been trying to enjoy the moment. And with my team the night of the final, we just had a really nice night.
‘We all spent the night just reflecting and it was a really cool moment because it’s been such a long trip for us and everything has gone so fast.
‘We were taking care of every single day and before we know it three weeks had gone, but we just got to reflect and share a few stories and it was a really nice night to have with everyone. ‘
Neon: Diane Kruger paired a highlighter green caped dress with hot pink heels
Shimmering: Zoe showcased her incredible body in a see-through frock with a crystal thong and bikini top
Cheeky: The gown had chain detailing that featured tiny YSL logos
Handsome: Timothee Chalamet cut a dapper figure in a white jacket but paired it with sweats-style bottoms and Converse sneakers
After her win on Saturday, she told reporters that the first thing she was going to buy with her £1.8million prize money was a new pair of AirPod headphones after lost them.
And it seems the 18-year-old is taking it all in her stride, serving up a set of TV interviews and Instagram posts with ease, humility and (of course) that megawatt smile.
Since victory on Saturday, Emma has swapped hotels from the InterContinental – a plush-enough place which hosted her for free as arranged by US Open – to the Peninsula on New York’s exclusive Fifth Avenue, three times more expensive and the haunt of royalty, presidents and film stars.
Emma Raducanu is firmly on the path to being a global megastar – after waking up in New York yesterday to find the world clamouring to hear what she has to say about her incredible, faultless win at such a young age
From here she found herself at the centre of a media blitz yesterday, appearing live on two breakfast shows within one heady hour.
If that wasn’t enough, the day was due to be topped off by an appearance at the Met Gala, a fashion extravaganza chaired by American Vogue’s editor – and tennis superfan – Anna Wintour. The glittering event was postponed from its usual date in May due to the Covid-19 pandemic, meaning Emma could celebrate her success with a true Cinderella moment.
The freshly-minted millionaire (that phenomenal final victory earned her £1.8million in prize money) was set to emerge in a designer gown, sharing the red carpet with more established stars including Lewis Hamilton and Venus Williams. The teenager from Bromley, who has gone from 2,000 Instagram followers in June to 1.6million today, will have to get used to rubbing shoulders with the A-list.
Her NBC hosts couldn’t get over how fabulous she is in person after having her on their breakfast show, which is shown across America. After interviewing her Craig Melvin gushed: ‘She’s delightful.’ Co-host Savannah Guthrie agreed: ‘I know. A star is born.’
Emma Raducanu plays during the final of the US Open which she won on Saturday night
It had been an early start for Emma. At 7am, she and her team left The Peninsula. Coach Andrew Richardson, agent Chris Helliar and physio Will Herbert – who she calls ‘the mechanic’ – had spent Sunday night talking about the incredible victory over the 19-year-old Canadian Leylah Fernandez. It’s thought they did so at their hotel’s striking Salon de Ning rooftop terrace – with Tim Henman also in attendance.
‘We had a really nice night, you know, we all spent the night just reflecting,’ Emma said yesterday.
‘It was a really cool moment because it’s been such a long trip for us and everything has gone so fast. We were taking care of every single day and before we know it three weeks had gone, but we just got to reflect and share a few stories and it was a nice night to have with everyone.’
As she left the hotel to get into a car with Helliar, a fresh-faced Emma was wearing shorts and a £22 men’s Nike T-shirt featuring a cartoon of the Statue of Liberty holding a tennis racquet.
And it seems the 18-year-old is taking it all in her stride, serving up a set of TV interviews and Instagram posts with ease, humility and (of course) that megawatt smile
By 7.30am she had changed and was live on coast-to-coast television on ABC’s Good Morning America, filmed in the network’s studio in Times Square.
The teen wore button-fly jeans, believed to be a pair from fashionable brand Mother costing around £300, along with a white cashmere cardigan and top set costing £228 from sustainable clothing brand Reformation. Her white trainers were from Nike, with whom she has a shoe and clothing sponsorship.
Despite sporting a look familiar to so many teens (a similar cardigan can be bought at Zara for £15.99) she upped her bling factor with an £11,000 gold graduated link necklace from Tiffany, plus the £4,500 pearl and diamond earrings from the jeweller she wore when playing on Saturday night.
Emma seems to have signed a deal to be a Tiffany ambassador. The company changed hands earlier this year and is now a part of the giant LVMH luxury goods empire. The first brief for the new management team is to grow the brand outside America – particularly in the Asian market.
Emma Raducanu proudly holds the trophy for the US Open after winning the final on Saturday night
Emma, who was born in Canada to a Romanian father and Chinese mother, is ‘quite capable’ in Mandarin and couldn’t be a better fit for Tiffany. She’s in starry company – Beyonce and Jay-Z are also new ambassadors for the brand.
In her interview with ABC, Emma expressed delight over the letter she received from the Queen – and told all about the mystery of her lost Apple earphones.
After winning on Saturday night she’d told reporters that affording a new pair had become a running joke among her team. ‘Before my first round qualifying match I lost my AirPods and I was basically running around the changing room like three minutes before my call to go on trying to find it, but I lost it.’ Thankfully, she found them just before the semi-finals.
She also said she was happy to have managed to impress her ‘tough’ and ‘hard to please’ parents Ian and Renee, who watched their only child’s match at the family home in Bromley as they weren’t able to travel due to Covid restrictions.
The teen wore button-fly jeans, believed to be a pair from fashionable brand Mother costing around £300, along with a white cashmere cardigan and top set costing £228 from sustainable clothing brand Reformation
‘I think that from a young age I’ve always sort of been brought up to have mental strength,’ she said.
‘My parents… were pretty tough on me when I was young, but I think now it’s helping on the biggest stages in the world.
‘It was really nice to talk to them after I won. They were just so happy and proud of me… [they’re] my toughest critics and very, very hard to please but, yeah, I got them with this one. They couldn’t resist.’
She added that she had increased her endurance and mental strength during the tournament and described her exit from Wimbledon with breathing issues as ‘more of a physical issue’.
She concluded: ‘It’s like almost natural selection, you know… if you don’t [adapt], you lose so it was really fun to experience. I’m just super happy with the week, of course.’
By 7.40am Emma was on her way to another interview with NBC, posing en route for a short video for Instagram in front of a giant billboard featuring her face.
‘Sightseeing in New York,’ she wrote. ‘Never thought I would see this. Coolest thing.’
By 7.44am she was appearing via Zoom on NBC’s breakfast show Today. That programme is also filmed in New York, at the Rockefeller Centre, but Emma’s tight schedule meant she didn’t have time to make it there in person. She appeared instead from a small room nearby.
‘Three weeks ago, I did not think I would last the whole trip,’ she told the hosts.
‘I thought I would be home in a week after qualifying. But I’ve just been doing my best to take care of every single day individually and to the best of my abilities, and three weeks later the time has flown and I was holding the trophy at the end. But, yeah, it was the best time of my life.’
As for any jitters, she said: ‘I think before the match, there were a little bit of pre-match nerves in terms of something just didn’t feel quite 100 per cent, and I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. It’s just a weird feeling. But I think that’s part of the build-up and everything. As soon as I got out and was just doing what I’ve done 100 times before, playing and just focusing on the point and tactics and not trying to get caught up in the occasion, I felt completely normal and it was a great, level match.
‘Leylah played incredible tennis and we were literally throwing everything at each other. I’m just very proud to have come through some tough moments at the end, especially.’
Of the trophy she said: ‘That’s coming with me, right by my side. I’m not checking it in any sort of other luggage. I can’t believe I get to bring it home.’
After her busy morning there was some downtime. Sources in her camp said she and Helliar took a car around New York to see some sights, followed by a low-key lunch. The afternoon would bring preparation for the Met Gala.
This year the event has aimed to feature a far younger crowd. Its celebrity hosts are all aged 25 and under, with a host of Instagram and TikTok stars on the guest list. That list is also smaller this year, down from 600 to just 450, due to Covid restrictions.
The British editor-in-chief of Vogue, Dame Anna Wintour, is the honorary chair of the event and a huge tennis fan, who counts Roger Federer (who once posed with Emma on Instagram) as one of her close friends. She is a regular face in the crowds at Wimbledon and US Open – and speculation swept the city yesterday that she had personally wooed Emma to attend.
Others due to join them were Debbie Harry, Jennifer Lopez and Kim Kardashian, with Rihanna hosting the official after-party. But as far as New York – indeed, the world – is concerned right now, Emma is a brighter star than all of them.
Additional reporting from Daniel Bates in New York