Do models come in all shapes and
sizes? While the world is fascinated by designer
clothing on rail-thin models, 5-foot, 11-inch
plus-size supermodel Emme is here to prove that
her 187 pounds is just as stunning to the public.
In fact, Emme was the first plus-size
supermodel and was chosen twice by People magazine
as one of their 50 Most Beautiful People.
Her down-to-earth style and outspoken
self-assurance has made her a cottage industry
unto herself: TV personality (MSNBC, ABC, QVC,
CBS), best-selling author ("Morning Has Broken,"
"Life's Little Emergencies,""What
Are You Hungry For?"), clothing designer
and motivational speaker.
Born in New York City and raised
in Saudi Arabia, Emme now makes her home in Bergen
County, N.J., with daughter Toby and husband Philip
Aronson, a former advertising executive. Since
June, Emme has reluctantly slowed down a bit after
being diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma and has
been receiving regular chemotherapy treatments
for her cancer. But she remains upbeat and optimistic
about her future health, even letting her fans
know of her toxic health and home makeover to
help her in her fight against cancer.
Emme has proven that size doesn't
matter, at least when it comes to her successful
career and financial status. Her "me by Emme"
collection is still very successful both on her
own Web site and through QVC. Though she has lost
some weight due to her cancer treatments, Emme
still refuses to measure her self-esteem by any
scale and even looks at her cancer diagnosis on
the positive side, revealing, "I am one lucky
woman to have the kind of cancer I have."
Bankrate: Would you say you made your first financial gains during your modeling days?
Emme: Yes. Modeling gave me such a wonderful opportunity to travel the world and make great money in a relatively easy profession. It also was a great stepping stone for me to get where I am today.
Bankrate: In 1998, you signed a six-figure deal with Revlon.
Emme: Yes. I was the first plus-size model under contract to a cosmetic company at that time. Now full-figured models is a huge, huge business.
You have branched out considerably since then
and bought a beautiful large home in New Jersey.
Is there anything you do that would be considered
Sure. I make my own holiday gifts, actually. I
have a whole area of my backyard where I planted
lavender because I love it. It really helps me
sleep because the oils from it help calm me down.
I cut down the flowers, dry them and then put
them in little silk satchels. I usually make my
gifts in the holistic approach and send to family
and friends. We also play tennis at the community
tennis courts, rather than a private tennis club,
and I swim laps at the community pool.