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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Kelly on

Lots of haters on here…wow. I’m sure that Bella will receive whatever schooling she needs to proceed with her career, as will Connor. I’m sure that just because they were home-schooled does not mean that they are not educated. I also believe that since we always see Suri without a coat, she is obviously just a very warm little person who probably ditches any attempt for someone to put a jacket on her. She certainly has never been reported to be sick in hospital with pneumonia or any such thing, so I’m sure you’re all getting worked up over nothing. On the idea that Katie may be pregnant again….possible. She is certainly hiding her midsection uite well, isn’t she?

Amy on

Since when is Katie Holmes a fashion designer?

J.NY on

I like how Katie has behaved towards Tom’s kids, since the beginning of their relationship she has taken sort of the role of a mother to Bella and Connor which is very noble. Her actions are kind and so is her heart. I heart Katie ; )

Shiz on

For some reason its still hard for me to believe and odd that Katie Holmes is married to Tom Cruise. That little Joey Potter from Dawson’s Creek is married to Cruise and has an 18 yr old step daughter. I havent gotten used to it, specially when we dont even see them together as a family.

tori on

What fashion icons. NOT! Smug and manipulative.

Deepetch on

WISHING BELLA GREAT SUCCESS, IN ALL HER ENDEAVORS from deepetch.com.

argis crane on

with all his money doesn’t tom think to invest in something worthwhile for his daughter that she can have forever – like a college education?? my kid would be enrolling in stanford for four years .. cmon tom wakeup!!

Emily on

I don’t know why I’m always surprised how mean and negative most of the posters are on here. It’s pretty sad really.

mick on

As pretty as she is, Bella will need to learn about fashion and fit for various body types, including her own. When you make a statement that you’re going to be a fashionista, you’ll need to dress like you know something about it!

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