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  • Emme ’85

    Arents Award Recipient for Excellence in Fashion and Women's Advocacy

    Emme ’85

    A leader in the fashion industry for more than two decades, Emme is an iconic and world-renowned supermodel. With the conviction that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, Emme has paved the way and given women a voice to feel beautiful and empowered.

    She is a television personality; brand spokesperson; model; consultant; author; creative director of her EMME, mebyEMME, and TrueBeautybyEMME clothing lines; cancer survivor; lecturer; former Revlon spokeswoman; and globally recognized women’s advocate for positive body image and self-esteem. And Emme’s message is clear—to awaken the inner magnificence inherent in each of us, to be whole.

    Emme was the first model invited to speak before a Congressional subcommittee in Washington, D.C., with a mission to increase public awareness of eating and body image disorders. She is also the founder of Fashion Without Limits: Changing The Face of Fashion, now in its fifth year with partner Syracuse University. The program is a first-of-its kind inclusive fashion design initiative teaching future fashion designers how to design for all women, from size 0 to size 24+. Emme earned a bachelor’s degree from the College of Visual and Performing Arts in 1985.

    A TEDx presenter, Emme has been named twice to People Magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People” and was cited by Ladies’ Home Journal as one of the “Most Important Women in America” and one of the “Most Fascinating Women of the Year.” She has also been honored as one of Glamour magazine’s “Women of the Year” and as one of Biography magazine’s “25 Most Influential Women.”

    Emme is an ambassador to The National Eating Disorders Association, board member of the Model Alliance, honorary board member of Project Heal, and donates her time to the Girl Scouts of America.