Emme: supermodel, television host, best-selling author, lecturer and clothing designer. No wonder People magazine selected her twice as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People. The accolades don't stop there. Ladies Home Journal chose her as one of the Most Important Women in America and one of the Most Fascinating Women of the Year. In addition, she was honored as Glamour magazine's Woman of the Year.
You may know Emme from her days as the host of Fashion Emergency which still lives on E! Entertainment Television and the STYLE network. Always starting trends, Emme, who was signed by Revlon, was the first full-figured model ever awarded a cosmetics contract. Emme is also the first and only full-figured woman to have a doll sculpted in her likeness.
Emme's views set a new standard of beauty both here and abroad. Emme proved that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes when she penned her first book TRUE BEAUTY (Putnam/Perigee) in 1997. Emme's second book entitled, LIFE'S LITTLE EMERGENCIES (St. Martin's Press) was released in 2003.
Emme is a vocal advocate for women and men of all ages to be fit and healthy. Her message is aimed at increasing awareness and raising funds to help treat eating and body image disorders. She was the first model to speak to these issues before a congressional sub-committee in Washington, D.C. Says Emme, We live in a society that is based upon the attainment of unrealistic beauty. I want women to know their self-esteem is not contingent upon their dress size. Emme is the Chair Ambassador of the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) and is a national ambassador for the Multiple Sclerosis Society, serving as the honorary chairperson for the MS Society's cycling series.
Emme continues to lecture at prestigious universities including Yale and Harvard as well as middle and high schools around the country about body image and self-esteem. A graduate of Syracuse University, with a degree in speech communications, Emme speaks on behalf of women who until now have had no voice. Emme asks, Did you know that 67% of American women are a size 12 and over?
Born in New York City, Emme was raised in Saudi Arabia, returning to the US as a teenager. Syracuse University awarded Emme a full athletic scholarship and she became a member of the crew team. Emme is also a member of the Syracuse University Orange Plus Hall of Fame, where she was inducted for her significant contribution to women's athletics and to the sport of rowing. Emme was invited to the US Olympic Team trials, as well as several US National Team trials. After graduation, she spent two years in Flagstaff, Arizona where she was a reporter and morning anchor for the NBC affiliate KNAZ-TV.
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