11 Throwback Photos Of The First Plus Size Supermodel — PHOTOS
Taking a walk down memory lane is usually fun, especially when it involves following the career of influential folks who are trying to change the world. Often recognized as the first plus size supermodel, Emme definitely fits into this category. Melissa Aronson (known as her professional name, Emme), has had a whirlwind career — and one that has arguably helped change the face of the fashion industry at large.
According to Refinery29, Emme started her professional life as an reporter. But after spotting an article about plus size modeling, she decided to visit an agency. Emme told the publication, "I loved my job, but I took the agency's address and walked into the office on my lunch time (with a black-and-white polyester Liz Claiborne jumpsuit and thick, black patent-leather belt, unibrow, and red lipstick) where I met and was signed right on the spot by agent Susan Georget!"
The rest, as they say, is history. She's been nominated as People Magazine's "50 Of The Most Beautiful People" twice in her career and received a plethora of awards since, including being named one of Glamour Magazine's Women of the Year. Emme has also written books, hosted a TV show, released her own sportswear line, and has even had an EMME doll made in her likeness.
This is just the tip of the iceberg of the career of an incredible woman who raises awareness about the importance of representation for different types of bodies and body positivity in the sartorial kingdom. So let's look back at some of her most fabulous moments.
1. The Time She Was A Spokesperson For Revlon
In the late '90s, PRNewswire reported on the collaboration between Emme and Revlon. Kathy Dwyer, the president of Revlon Consumer Products USA said of the collab, "Our consumers tell us that Emme's classic beauty, intelligence, and self-confidence is refreshing. Her message of accepting yourself and enhancing your natural assets makes her a perfect fit for our company." Emme told PRNewsWire, "It's important for women to have a variety of role models, with different personalities, body types, and attitudes. Women asked for this and Revlon responded. I am proud to be representing them." What a babe.
2. The Time She Looked Sumptuous In Satin
Here she wore an entirely satin (or silk) outfit, proving that none of us should live by fashion "rules," including plus size women.
3. When She Got A Pixie Cut
Emme threw out the "plus size women can't have short hair" rule out the window when she chopped her locks into a pixie. The look was totally delightful.
4. The Vision In Gold
Ms. Aronson opted for a golden gown for this special event and she stunned. She kept her look classic with the addition of a ruffled skirt on this floor-length dress. The tight bodice is also everything.
5. The All Black Ensemble
Emme knows how to work an all black outfit: By mixing it up with different textures, of course. As you can see here, she adds an edge to her look with a cool, seemingly sequin and velvet jacket.
6. The Beautiful Print Coat
Exuding decadence, Emme sure knows how to work a statement piece like this luxe animal print coat.
7. The Time She Took To The Ice For Charity
Writing, reporting, modelling, ice-skating: Is there anything Emme can't do? Here she is looking super cute and cozy at the DISHES On Ice HIV AIDS Benefit.
8. The Time She Slayed In A More Gender Neutral Ensemble
Pulling off an androgynous look can be tricky, but Emme makes it look easy in a suave tuxedo style blazer.
9. The Beautiful Blue Dress
This gorgeous Grecian style number looks enchanting on the blonde bombshell.
10. The Metallic Pencil Skirt
I love to see plus size babes rock it in tight-fitted metallics, and Emme is showing us why.
11. The Ballerina Twirl At The Dress For Success Benefit
This super pretty, ballerina-inspired outfit sported by a twirling Emme shows that society shouldn't put people in boxes and even makes a nod toward plus size ballerinas.
Emme has always been proof that it's OK to go against the grain, and that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. She's an inspiration for everyone.