Since winning the US Open 10 days ago, tennis sensation Emma Raducanu has embraced her rapid rise onto the A-list.
After becoming the first British woman to win a grand slam title for 44 years earlier this month, the 18-year-old has had a meteoric soaring of fame in the last few weeks.
Last night she showed off her epic star power as she attended an exclusive the British Vogue and Tiffany & Co. bash at The Londoner Hotel for a London Fashion Week event.
The teenager showcased sparkling Tiffany & Co. diamonds at the intimate party as she was named the brand’s newest ambassador in a deal estimated to be worth more than £2million.
Meanwhile she donned a cream and white Erdem ensemble as she snuggled up to new celebrity friends including Edward Enninful and Malala, revealing the results of her new celebrity stylist Nicky Yates.
Here FEMAIL reveals how Emma has risen to the top of the A-list in less than two weeks…
From sitting her A-levels in Bromley earlier this summer to becoming the first British woman to win a grand slam title for 44 years when she won the US Open earlier this month, Emma Raducanu has had meteoric rise to fame in the last two weeks
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Last night, Emma showcased sparkling Tiffany & Co. diamonds at a London Fashion Week event.
The teenager appeared relaxed as she walked the white carpet at the intimate dinner and party, which was hosted by Vogue in association with Tiffany.
And it’s far from the first major event the teenager has nabbed an invite to in the last few weeks.
Last week, Emma had her Cinderella moment at New York’s Met Gala, where she took her place among the A-list on the biggest night in fashion.
Success: Emma, 18, is the first British woman to win the US Open in singles since Virginia Wade in 1968 and is currently the top ranked British player (pictured in September 2021)
The 18-year-old burst into the fashion spotlight in a dazzling, midriff-baring, monochrome Chanel outfit designed by Virginie Viard – with a rope of pearls encircling her waist and more Tiffany diamonds sparkling in her ears at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Personally invited by Vogue chief Dame Anna Wintour, 71, she was seated on the $500,000 Chanel table with its celebrity ambassadors.
While it is unknown what party Emma will receive an invite to next, she’s sure to be rubbing shoulders with A-listers at events for years to come.
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Emma rubbed shoulders with A-listers including Kristen Stewart and Lily-Rose Depp at the Met Gala
And Anna Wintour is far from the only celebrity that the tennis sensation appears to have befriended in recent weeks since her meteoric rise to fame.
While attending the A-list Met Gala, Emma posed for snaps alongside a host of other global stars.
Ahead of walking the red carpet at the Met, the 18-year-old struck a pose next to Lily-Rose Depp, Whitney Peak, Margaret Qualley and Kristen Stewart.
She later strutted the red carpet at the Metropolitan Museum of Art alongside some of the world’s biggest stars, including Jennifer Lopez, Megan Fox and Kendall Jenner.
And at last night’s Vogue event, the teen appeared to be the belle of the ball, with many stars coming up her to pose for a snap.
She was seen chatting with fellow athlete Dina Asher-Smith, an alumni of her school, as well as activist Malala Yousafzai.
The 18-year-old proved she could be quite the social butterfly as she spoke to fashion heavyweights including Edward Enninful, Geraldine Arnault and American actress Laura Bailey.
Centre of attention: And last night, Emma posed with guests including British sprinter Dina Asher-Smith (pictured left) and American artist Daniel Arsham (pictured right)
Group shot: (L to R) Daniel Arsham, Emma Raducanu, Editor-In-Chief of British Vogue Edward Enninful, Geraldine Arnault, Alexandre Arnault, Tiffany & Co EVP of Products and Communication, Editor-In-Chief of American Vogue and Chief Content Officer of Conde Nast Dame Anna Wintour and Chairman of Conde Nast Jonathan Newhouse
Icons: Malala Yousafzai greeted Emma at the intimate dinner in London on Monday evening
In recent weeks, Emma has dazzled in broadcast interviews and on red carpets across the globe.
At last night’s event Radacanu looked chic in head-to-toe Erdem, donning a halterneck sequin crop-top which she paired with a trendy white pleated midi skirt for the occasion.
The teen swept her hair into a bun, opting to wear a collection of glittering jewellery for the event.
Meanwhile she stole the spotlight at the Met after wearing a dazzling, midriff-baring, monochrome Chanel outfit designed by Virginie Viard – with a rope of pearls encircling her waist and more Tiffany diamonds sparkling in her ears.
But not it seems Emma has been having a little guidance with her looks to help her navigate her newfound world of celebrity.
The teenager is working with stylist for the stars Nicky Yates, whose other clients include Alexa Chung, Claire Foy and Carey Mulligan (pictureed right, with Jessie Ware and Laura Jackson)
The stylist, who is also the style editor-at-large for the ES magazine, also works with stars who have burst onto the scene in the last 18 months, including Phoebe Dynevor (left) and Daisy Edgar-Jones (right)
The teenager is working with stylist for the stars Nicky Yates, whose other clients include Alexa Chung, Claire Foy and Carey Mulligan.
The stylist, who is also the style editor-at-large for the ES magazine, also works with stars who have burst onto the scene in the last 18 months, including Phoebe Dynevor and Daisy Edgar-Jones.
In addition, she has worked with global brands including Chanel, Tiffany & Co, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, Jimmy Choo, Christian Louboutin, and Maybelline.
In 2018 she was included in the Hollywood Reporter’s list of ‘The 25 most powerful stylists in Hollywood’.
BILLBOARDS IN TIMES SQUARE
The teenager appeared in disbelief when, days after her US Open win, she was on an enormous billboard in New York
Following her victory at the Arthur Ashe Stadium, Miss Raducanu, 18, posed with her old pal for a photo beneath a Manhattan billboard celebrating the city’s new Grand Slam star
Emma’s name was up in lights in New York mere hours after her stunning debut triumph at the US Open.
She shared snaps online as she stood in disbelief staring up at a huge billboard adorned with her own face in the city.
She wrote: ‘Sightseeing in NY. Never thought I would see this… coolest thing.’
And it wasn’t the only billboard Emma found featuring her image during her trip in the Big Apple.
Following her victory at the Arthur Ashe Stadium, she posed with her old pal Benjamin Heynold for a photo beneath a Manhattan billboard celebrating the city’s new Grand Slam star.
Mr Heynold posted the image on social media along with a heartwarming picture of the pair as young children holding tennis medals.
The caption? ‘History.’
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Since winning the US Open 10 days ago, tennis sensation Emma Raducanu has embraced her rapid rise onto the A-list, from signing brand deals with Tiffany to staying in some of the world’s most luxurious hotels (pictured left and right)
Upon leaving New York after her whirlwind few weeks in the city, Emma posted a tribute to the luxury hotel chain which had housed her for the break.
Tagging the Peninsula New York hotel, she penned: ‘NY 2021… a wrap. Thank you so much to this incredible team for the perfect stay… a beautiful place & everyone feels like one big family!’
Rooms at the five star hotel cost from $695 per night to over $5,000, with the hotel offering a multitude of suites with your every need catered for.
In the snaps posted to Emma’s Instagram, the teenager could be seen looking out the window, posing ahead of the Met Gala and enjoying the view of central park from her bedroom.
The tennis sensation paired her Erdem ensemble with Tiffany jewels at a British Vogue and Tiffany & Co. bash at The Londoner Hotel.
She announced on Instagram that she had been named House Ambassador for Tiffany & Co., meaning she will support the brand by wearing its pieces.
She wrote: ‘Very excited to join the iconic @tiffanyandco family as a House Ambassador. Being able to wear these special jewellery pieces over the past few weeks has been an honour!’
And according to popular culture and brand expert Nick Ede, Emma’s Tiffany deal is likely to be worth over £2million.
Last night, Emma announced on Instagram that she had been named House Ambassador for Tiffany & Co., meaning she will support the brand by wearing its pieces
Radacanu has been heralded as a ‘sponsor’s dream’, and is on course to become the highest earning female sports star of all time (pictured in Vogue)
‘As LVMH have taken over the brand they are looking to attract a new audience and Emma is the perfect person for this,’ he added.
‘She exudes elegance and style but has an edge that will appeal to a new demographic, while not alienating the existing one.’
Radacanu has been heralded as a ‘sponsor’s dream’, and is on course to become the highest earning female sports star of all time. It was also reported that she laid the groundwork for her potential earnings aged 17, registering Harbour 6 Limited to manage her finances.
Emma trademarked her name within hours of her US Open win in her first steps to becoming the ‘first billion-dollar sports woman’. UK-based lawyer Anthony Brierley applied to safeguard the words ‘Emma Raducanu’, ‘Emma’ and ‘Raducanu’ shortly after the 18-year-old’s victory, reports The Sun.
according to popular culture and brand expert Nick Ede, Emma’s Tiffany deal is likely to be worth over £2million
Jonathan Shalit, who landed lucrative deals for Olympic boxer Nicola Adams and singer and TV host Myleene Klass, says Emma could become the first billion dollar female sports star.
The chairman of InterTalent predicts Emma’s off court earnings will swiftly surpass those of Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka and US legend Serena Williams – the world’s two highest paid female athletes last year.
She is already managed by Max Eisenbud, vice-president of tennis at entertainment giant IMG and one of the most powerful agents in sport.
And Emma’s multi-cultural background, being half-Chinese and fluent in Mandarin, is seen as a big part of her landing some huge deals.
Mr Shalit said: ‘In the space of a week, Emma has become a global phenomenon. I already have her down to become the first US$100 million British female sports star. And if she continues on her current trajectory, she will be worth US$1 billion and be the biggest female sports star in the world.’
Emma was two years old when her Romanian father Ian and Chinese mother Renee moved the family to the UK.
Mr Shalit said: ‘Emma is a sponsor’s dream. She is a mix of Romania, China, Britain and Canada. She is 18 and she is a gorgeous young woman. She is in a gladiatorial individual sport, where she goes in armed only with a tennis racquet. She was a qualifier in the US and had to get through two competitions. It is quite staggering.’
Mr Shalit added that Emma’s tearful fourth round summer exit from Wimbledon after suffering breathing difficulties only adds to her public appeal.
He said: ‘She has had to overcome adversity after her stumble at Wimbledon. She has the perfect human interest story. Everything about Emma is the perfect storm.
‘Emma comes along at a unique time in our history during the pandemic when people want to feel positivity and happiness. She represents that positivity and is someone we can all celebrate.’
Emma already has a clothing and shoe deal with Nike, a racquet tie-up with Wilson and she appears in the current edition of Vogue magazine.
Her Instagram followers have trebled to 1.2million since she started out as a US Open qualifier three weeks ago.