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Go Behind the Scenes of Emily Simpson’s Daughter Annabelle’s First Modeling Job

The Real Housewives of Orange County mom is feeling “really proud” after her daughter’s first professional photo shoot. 

By Abby Feiner

Annabelle Simpson’s modeling career is already taking off! After Emily Simpson revealed on Season 17 Episode 5 of The Real Housewives of Orange County that her daughter “signed with a modeling agency,” Annabelle, who was 9 years old at the time, had already booked an exciting job by Episode 6.

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“This all happened very quickly,” Emily explained in an interview during the episode, which aired on July 12. “I’m excited for Annabelle to have her first modeling job, but I’m afraid I’m going to get to the point where Annabelle tells me to have my people call her people. So that’s what my concern is.”

The episode gave a behind-the-scenes look at Annabelle’s shoot with clothing company Jo+Jax, during which she donned multiple adorable outfits and worked with another young model. 

“Annabelle is just very personable, and she’s very outgoing. Her career choices revolve around how she can be the center of attention,” Emily joked.

Throughout the shoot day, Emily was there encouraging her daughter, exclaiming, “Annabelle, you’re doing so good!” and taking photos on her phone. “As a mother, I feel like it is my job to make sure that my children are happy and they are able to pursue whatever their dreams are,” she explained in an interview. “It’s really rewarding, and it’s amazing.”

When it was time to wrap, Emily once again told Annabelle, “You did a great job… I’m really proud of you.” She went on to ask, “Do you want to do it again?” In response, Annabelle smiled and said, “Yeah.” 

Behind-the-Scenes Photos from Annabelle Simpson’s First Modeling Job

Annabelle modeling in a colorful top, a white skirt, and black sunglasses.
Emily taking photos of Annabelle modeling with her phone.
Annabelle modeling in a purple coordinated outfit in front of a purple backdrop.
Annabelle modeling in pink sunglasses and a purple vest in front of a purple backdrop.

How Annabelle Simpson Started Modeling

On Season 17 Episode 4 of RHOC, Emily opened up about her daughter’s desire to start modeling. “Annabelle just like came out of the womb with this huge personality,” she said. “She’s been interested in modeling for many years. I just wanted to make sure that she’s to the point where she would take it seriously, and I feel like we’re finally there.” Emily and Annabelle then went to LA Model Management for a meeting and test shots before she ultimately signed, as viewers saw on Episode 5. 

Details on Emily Simpson’s past modeling career

Emily modeling in a white shirt.
Emily modeling in a white button-down shirt.

Emily opened up about her own past modeling work during Episode 5. “When I was younger, I did a little bit of modeling,” she told her husband, Shane Simpson. “I made a little money. When I was in law school… I used to do weekly department store ads.” 

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