Emme, the world’s leading plus size model, advocates fitness and health for women of all ages. She is the first model invited to speak before a Congressional subcommittee in Washington, D.C. Her message: Increase public awareness of eating and body image disorders—and raise funds for treatment. Emme also lectures youth on body image and self-esteem issues and is on the board of various eating disorder groups.
Born in New York City, Emme was raised in Saudi Arabia and returned to the United States as a teenager. In college, Emme became a member of the Syracuse crew team. She was invited to the U.S. Olympic Team trials, as well as several U.S. National Team trials.
Emme has received much recognition: She’s a member of the Orange Plus Hall of Fame, where she was inducted for her significant contribution to Women’s Athletics at Syracuse University and to the sport of rowing. People Magazine selected Emme twice as one of the “50 Most Beautiful People” of 1994 and 1999. Revlon added her to its lineup of celebrity spokeswomen. Glamour selected her as “Woman of the Year.”
Today, millions of viewers eagerly await Emme’s fashion advice as host of Fashion Emergency on E! Entertainment Television. Her conviction that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes also is the subject of her first book, True Beauty: Positive Attitudes and Practical Tips from the World’s Leading Plus Size Model (Putnam/Perigee).
Emme, whose biological father had MS, has accepted another very important public role: ambassador for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. She has also served as honorary chair of Bike MS.