Elisa Johnson is Magic and Cookie’s adopted daughter. She was born on Dec. 21, 1994, and joined the Johnson family just days after being born. “I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. My parents adopted me when I was three days old, but I never felt out of place growing up,” Elisa told CR Fashion Book in 2016.
Although she’s been in the spotlight all of her life due to her father, she didn’t let that stop her from having a “normal” childhood. As a kid, Elisa said that she experienced the typical “LA lifestyle” by eating on Sunset Boulevard and visiting Malibu. “The only difference was that people would come up to us a lot and ask for photos, or we would need security for certain trips,” she said. “As a young girl, I was proud because I thought my dad was a superhero, but as I got older I started to realize who he really was and it made me gain an even greater appreciation for him.”
In 2021, Elisa launched her very own eyewear brand, Elisa Johnson Co. In an interview with Paper Magazine that July, Elisa said she became interested in fashion due to not being able to fully express herself in high school due to wearing uniforms. “I always wanted to be unique and different, and through fashion and accessories I was able to express myself in the ways that I wanted,” she said.
Elisa landed her first internship with the Italian eyewear conglomerate, Luxottica, in high school, and then went on to study fashion business management at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Elisa admitted she had some “anxiety” about starting her own business, however, her desire to make a name for herself outside of her family pushed her to pursue her passion. “I don’t want to be just Magic Johnson’s daughter. I didn’t want to be EJ’s sister,” she said. “I felt like I was always that person. And so to do this, Elisa Johnson Co. is my own thing.”
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