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.

karen on

Does that child ever wear a coat?

Sheila on

wow… Bella will be a “great help” to Katie’s fashion empire… look how fashionable she is in this pix??

LOL
LOL

give me a break..

who cares on

Please.. do you honestly think if her daddy was not Tom Cruise, she’d be let anywhere near a fashion design? NOPE…. nepitism at it’s finest.

Meems on

Geez Marion, Bella Cruise sure showed us, she’s becoming a designer for her STEP MOM’S company…

That sure had to be a hard job for her to get.

Snow11 on

Sorry, one more way for the Cruises to control Bella. I thought she was thinking of moving in with her Mother. Tom Cruise is such a dope too. Every statement he makes he sounds like he can’t form an intelligent sentence.

Marlina Miller on

So? is this such a shock. Good for her she is handed a job. woo hooo! big F-ing deal. Not impressed.

GoodTxGirl on

If you have ever seen an interview with the Cruise/Holmes – Suri choses her own clothes and is very INSISTENT on what she wears…..even if she NEEDED a jacket I suspect neither Tom NOR Katie will MAKE her do anything….they have said she is a very STRONG WILLED child :) But my goodness she is CUTE!

Amelia on

Amazing that BOTH adults HAVE COATS ON and Suri is SLEEVELESS on a cold day…..and niether Bella nor Kate look happy to be with each other…Just another way for Tom to control his woman…PUT A COAT ON THE KID

LAURA on

I wish Bella (and Conor) the very best! I imagine it’s difficult to be in the shadow Tom, Nicole, and now Katie. It very odd that Tom is so excited for Bella but can’t talk about what she’s doing. That shows that he’s probably not too involved with his kids. I used to be the biggest Tom Cruise fan but he got way too weird for me. Kate seems like a beaten wife and they better stop babying Suri. It’s rare that Kate doesn’t carry her. Tom will be with Katie until his next movie with a hot girl. These actors and actresses jump around with their co-stars like there is no tomorrow!

Jon on

That’s nice to hear, good luck to her on that!

Kim on

As usual, both Bella and Katie have on jackets, and Suri has bare arms. Can’t they buy this kid a coat?

Belinda on

Has anyone noticed pics of Katie lately? I saw a pic yesterday of her in a shoe store and she really looked as though she is expecting. It could have been the way she was standing, but it sure looked like she had a pregnant belly and not just too much she ate that day! LOL.

Jean on

It does seem rather odd that Suri is sleeveless and her mom and sister have on jackets ! Go figure?

Beth Hill on

Put Bella on a diet right away!

Laura on

to Observant – look closely – her feet are not on the ground!

Barbara on

Why in the world would her mother and sister wear warm jackets, with shirts underneath, and they let this child go out in a sleeveless dress. The absurdity of this mother/chlld relationship amazes me.

I’m also shocked that they let Suri walk…

Catherine on

Oh no, she was supposed to get out!
Run Bella while you still can!

marcia proch on

that is the way families SHOULD be! working together
and learning from each other! the support and team
feeling they all share is a wonderful example to
the rest of the world! congrats to all of you!

dee on

why is Suri wearing short sleeves and the adults coats? Oh wait, she is Suri.

GTC on

It’s about time to hear about Tom Cruise’s other kids. It’s all about Suri. Where are the other ones. Same deal with Nicole (x-wife). All she talks about is Sunday Rose. I realize the kids are just about grown, but we would like to know what they are doing as well! Good for Bella!

Kelly on

I am starting to think Katie may be pregnant again…the pic from a couple days ago shopping and now the big coat and handbag across her front. Anyway…Bella is beautiful..as her name suggests..lots of luck in her design aspirations!

Mrs. D. on

Olsen twins and fashion? Not for my taste.

ruth on

what ever happened to the children of celebrities going to university? bella and conner have been home schooled since day 1. they have never attended a public school and it’s about time that these two got an education. conner is busy starting to make movies (he started when he was really young) and now, when she should be going away and learning how to function on her own and get an education (in design if she wants), what is she doing…………..joining her step mom’s company and being taken care of once again by her rich parents.

Lulu on

Nothing against Bella. I think Bella should go to design school, learn the trade and join the business. She needs to learn some foundation/basics if she wants to be really serious.

rocket on

That little girl needs a jacket!!

4Mom4Nana on

I’m with you MYSELF. Everytime I see pictures of the so called “fashionista” Suri, she doesn’t have a coat on but everyone else is bundled up. What a fasionista…rain boots and a dress. I don’t want Katie Holmes designing anything for me anytime soon.

Erica on

I thought Katie always claimed that Suri was the genius designer?

melissa C. on

Maybe Suri gets hot easily. My 4 year old never wears a jacket. It doesn’t get super cold here in San Diego but when i’m cold i put a jacket on him and everytime i turn around its on the floor. After fighting with him to put it on 4 or 5 times i give up and let him be.

sandy on

Observant – I wouldn’t let my children walk either if we were surrounded by a bunch of strange men all about to crush us. Just try and imagine what the picture would be like if the camera was pointing back at the photographers – and then consider why Katie might be carrying her daughter.

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!

existentialpenguin on

As the mom of a 4-year-old I’ve got to say they seem to run hot. My daughter puts a coat on when she’s cold and takes it off if she’s hot. I see nothing wrong with letting a person decide what temperature they want to be.

Also, being chilled doesn’t make you get sick.

lisa Ruezga on

What a joke , Tom is just happy she is doing something in her life .

Barb on

Good for Katie to include Tom’s stepdaughter…you never see or hear Nicole doing anything with her stepchildren, only Tom and now Katie….Very sweet :)

Anne on

GAH! NOWHERE does it claim that she won’t be going to college. It says that she is an APPRENTICE at Katie’s company, so it’s entirely possible that she’s just getting her feet wet & learning the ropes before going to design school. A true apprenticeship tries to link education to a career.

Also, I worked with my Dad for almost 15 years; and it was an honor to work with him. Maybe Bella asked to be involved in the family business, just like I did. And maybe she will continue her education while working, just like I did.

jaime on

why does it look like suri is walking on air in this picture

heather on

yeah, GoodTxGirl, what a great idea to let your 5 year old kid tell you what to do…

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