On Friday, John Travolta celebrated his daughter Ella Bleu Travolta for her work at the Karl Lagerfeld show during New York Fashion Week. It was the 22-year-old model’s debut and the proud father shared a photograph of Ella in her catwalk outfit standing against the show’s backdrop. She was wearing a tailored black suit over a corset top and over-sized black trousers, with her dark brown hair slicked back away from her face.
“So proud of Ella’s debut at fashion week in New York City!” he wrote in the caption.
Ella shared the same image, plus a couple of black-and-white snaps from behind the scenes in which she is riding in a car and standing out in the rain under an umbrella. She thanked Karl Lagerfeld in her caption and in the comments, the proud father expressed himself again, commenting, “I’m so proud of you,” adding a red heart emoji.
John had two children, Ella and 11-year-old Benjamin, with his late wife Kelly Preston. The father and daughter are very close and Ella has even described him as her “best friend” in a throwback photo post celebrating his birthday.
“Happy Birthday to my role model, my best friend, the person who has taught me one of the most valuable lessons in life, kindness,” she wrote. “I love you with all my heart, Daddy.”
The Grease actor in turn has been extremely supportive of Ella, appearing in an Instagram debut of her first single, “Dizzy.”
John had commented on an earlier sneak peek of the song, “I’m so very proud of you Ella, it’s amazing. Your thrilled Dad!”
A few weeks later, Ella wrote another tribute to John, sharing a picture of them together with her brother Benjamin.
“Happy Father’s Day, to the smartest, kindest, most generous man I know,” she wrote. “Just by being yourself, you have taught me the most important lessons in life. Thank you for everything you do and for being my friend. I love you Daddy.”
Aimée Lutkin is the weekend editor at ELLE.com. Her writing has appeared in Jezebel, Glamour, Marie Claire and more. Her first book, The Lonely Hunter, will be released by Dial Press in February 2022.