Katie Holmes Enlists a New Apprentice: Stepdaughter Bella Cruise

05/10/2011 at 10:30 AM ET

Katie Holmes and Bella Cruise
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Tom Cruise‘s oldest daughter is joining the family business. While Isabella “Bella” Cruise won’t be lighting up the silver screen anytime soon, she’s recently taken on the role of apprentice at stepmom Katie Holmes‘s fashion label Holmes & Yang. “Kate’s designing and [Bella] is just working her way up,” a beaming Tom Cruise told PEOPLE at the Simon Wiesenthal Center and Museum of Tolerance National Tribute Dinner in Beverly Hills Thursday, where he was joined by Holmes and son Connor. “She’s an artist, Bella, so it’s really great that she gets to work with it,” he added. “She’s loving it.” While her family gathered at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel to support Cruise, who was honored with the Humanitarian Award, 18-year-old Bella was on a flight back from New York City where she’s been learning about the burgeoning Holmes & Yang line. “This is my wife’s company, so you talk about movie sets with me, I can tell you [about] that,” Cruise joked while attempting to explain what exactly his daughter is doing with her step-mom’s brand. “You’ve got to go to all these different factories and verify and make sure you get the correct clothes,” he said. And is the father of three proud of his daughter’s new design aspirations? “I am,” he confirmed. “It’s wonderful!” –Jessica Wedemeyer

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marion on

OMG this makes me SO happy!! take that haters. Show the world and make your mark Bella.

STORMIE on

WISHING BELLA GREAT SUCCESS, IN ALL HER ENDEAVORS. JUST FROM BEING AROUND TOM, AND
KATIE ALONE, WILL INSPIRE HER WITH SUCH A
DEFINITE SENSE OF FASHION, STYLE, INTEGRITY.

SIMPLY SINCE, I REALISE, THAT THE TWO OF THEM
DO POSSESS THAT FULL MEASURE………………

STORMIE on

WISHING BELLA GREAT SUCCESS, IN ALL HER ENDEAVORS. JUST FROM BRING AROUND TOM, AND KATIE,AS WELL, WILL INSPIRE HER FROM THE SENSE
OF FASHION, STYLE, AND INTEGRITY AS WELL.

SIMPLY SINCE, I REALISE THAT THE TWO OF THEM
POSSESS THE FULL MEASURE.

wow on

poor nicole kidman. i guess she should have thought of this idea first.

Bippy on

Congrats to Bella and the rest of the Cruise family…

myself on

Ok, what I see wrong in this picture…2 people wearing jackets…a little 4/5yr old girl wearing a sleevless dress….Seems a bit strange to me…but whatever.

juju on

Good for Bella!! Beautiful girl will do great! Much happiness and luck in your new endeavor.

maya on

@myself You got that right, but she’s also the most stylish in the photo. Katie is hit and miss – sometimes fab and other times blegh. Bella looks great for casual, but will need to step it up if she’s going to work in the fashion industry. No matter what people think about the Olsen twins, the girls take fashion risks and look the part of fashion mavens.

Lexi on

@maya: yeah, she is a very stylish little girl, thanks to her mom. But as a mom of a 3 year old girl myself, I’d rather she was dressed warm this time of year than getting sick for the sake of a fashion statement. And Bella (who I think looks fine just the way she is) doesn’t need to step anything up – her dad will make sure she succeeds at whatever she chooses to do.

Observant on

It looks like little Suri has finally learned how to walk. I’ve never seen this little girl’s feet on the ground in any picture.

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