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.
In 2014, Emma was featured on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar’s ‘September Issue’. 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 publications and campaigns. She has signed with the leading modeling agencies ‘Storm Models’ and ‘Elite Model Management’, and has even received the celebrated annual Intouch Magazine Award Model in the Shooting Category. Her latest campaign for the Japanese luxury cosmetic firm ‘Kosé’ was launched across the Far East in 2015. After a summer-long apprenticeship in Granada with Spain’s national treasure sculptor Miguel Moreno, Emma relocated to New York City.
Emma is also a classically trained painter, having graduated from the Florence Academy of Art in 2016. There her subject matter focused on the human figure and form in painting and sculpture, portraits, and ‘natura morta’. She continues to develop her own artistic practice and pursuit in a career as a professional artist, while discovers her own ‘voice’ both 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.
In 2016 Emma had the honor of becoming an international spokesperson for USA for UNHCR, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. 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 with refugees one-on-one in both refugee camps and ‘real-home’ situations. Accompanied by UNHCR officials in Greece, she gathered research and conducted personal interviews with refugees, leading her to write a series of articles that were published both on UNHCR’s personal platforms, as well as on platforms such as VICE. 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 they feel moved by.
At present, Emma lives in New York City and has commenced a career as an actress, a visual artist, an art curator, and an international artist Liaison to a New York City-based contemporary gallery. Her first published book, a joint effort with her father to uncover the reasons why her grandmother Audrey Hepburn is seen as the fashion icon of the 20th century, and how her philosophies as a humanitarian, mother and independent women were at the crux, is due to release in the Summer of 2019.