Emma Kathleen Hepburn Ferrer was born in 1994 in Morges, Switzerland. At the age of 4 she moved with her family to Los Angeles, where she lived for the next 10 years. At the age of 14, Emma moved with her family to Florence, Italy. She graduated from the International School of Florence in 2012 as valedictorian and received top marks on the International Baccalaureate Diploma. She is fluent in Italian, Spanish, French, and English.
Emma was featured on the cover of the September 2014 issue of Harper’s Bazaar. Inside the edition is an article presenting Emma, accompanied by photographs taken by Michael Avedon, grandson of the legendary Richard Avedon, to whom Emma’s grandmother Audrey Hepburn was an artistic muse. The feature was received by the world with open arms, generating a whopping 500 million media impressions and 6 million page views. Since then, Emma has been featured in a number of other fashion magazines and sources. She has signed with the leading modeling agency Storm Models and Elite Model Management and has even received the celebrated annual Intouch Magazine Award for Model in the Shooting Category for her iconic photos in Harper’s Bazaar. Her latest campaign for the Japanese luxury cosmetic firm ‘Kose’ was launched across the Far East in 2015. After a summer-long apprenticeship in Granada with Spain’s national treasure sculptor Miguel Moreno, Emma just relocated to New York City.
Emma is a classically trained painter, and in 2016 Emma graduated from the Florence Academy of Art, specializing in classical figurative painting. There her subject matter focused on the human figure and form in the second and third dimension, portraits, and ‘natura morta’. She continues pursuit in a career as a professional artist and, deeply moved by the issues that delineate our society today, is discovering her own ‘voice’ in the visual arts and written word.
Emma has a strong philanthropic nature that has led her to volunteer with important organizations such as UNICEF, Hollygrove Foundation for Children, the Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund, and other small Italian non-for-profits. Some of the work she has delved into includes one-on-one artistic therapy and guidance for underprivileged children, thus combining her love and appreciation for the arts and education. Art therapy continues to be an area of extreme interest for Emma.
More recently, she has had the honour of becoming an international spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR. The humanitarian refugee crisis of today is an issue that Emma is deeply moved and motivated by. During the summer of 2016 she embarked on her first field visit with the organization, working one-on-one in refugee camps in Greece. She continues to spread awareness of this issue whenever possible and, in hopes of redefining her generation today, encourages others to explore and become active in the range of issues that determine our world. At present, Emma lives in New York City and has commenced a career as an actress and visual artist.