Emme ’85 is a supermodel, actress, television personality, author, lecturer, the creative director of her clothing line, and a nationally recognized advocate for a positive body image among women. Her newest business venture, EmmeNation.com, is an interactive lifestyle resource forum for women, and she is a spokesperson for Kemin Health’s FloraGLO brand lutein.
The first full-figured model to become a spokesperson for a major cosmetics company, Emme was also the first such model to have a high-fashion collectible doll sculpted in her likeness. She was named one of People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People” and one of the “Most Important Women in America” by Ladies’ Home Journal. Glamour magazine named her “Woman of the Year” and Biography magazine listed her among the “25 Most Influential Women.”
A graduate of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, Emme has appeared on numerous television and radio programs, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, The Today Show, The Early Show, American Morning, 20/20, Entertainment Tonight, The Insider, and served as a frequent guest host on WOR Radio’s Joan Hamburg Show. In May 2011, she joined the cast of Nora and Dalia Ephron’s off-Broadway play, Love, Loss and What I Wore. She has served as the host of the dating competition series More to Love and E! Entertainment Television’s Fashion Emergency.
A cancer survivor and vocal advocate of a healthy lifestyle, Emme was the first model to speak about women’s body issues before a congressional sub-committee. A past chair of the Ambassador’s Council of the National Eating Disorders Association, she is on the advisory boards of Ophelia’s Place, a Syracuse eating disorder resource, and Hearts of Gold, which serves underprivileged women and children in New York City. A sought-after keynote speaker, she has addressed numerous national business workshops, conferences and seminars, and presented at colleges and universities, including Syracuse University, Yale, Harvard, and NYU.
Her first book, True Beauty, chronicled her successful career. In her second book, Life’s Little Emergencies, Emme wrote of her perspective on life. With her then-husband, Philip Aronson, she explored their struggle with his depression in the book Morning Has Broken: A Couple’s Journey Through Depression. Her latest release is a book for children titled What Are You Hungry For? Her columns and blogs have been featured in MODE lifestyle magazine, on The Huffington Post, and at iVillage.
Emme attended Syracuse University on a full athletic scholarship, excelling academically and as a member of the crew team. She was inducted into the University’s Orange Plus Hall of Fame and honored as a Letterwinner of Distinction. After graduation, she worked as a reporter and morning anchor for the NBC affiliate KNAZ-TV in Flagstaff, Arizona.