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Monday's Connector of the Day: Emme

January 22nd, 2010
06:39 PM ET

There has been a long ongoing debate over what particular size female fashion models should be - whether it's better to show the average woman's figure, or whether it's better to be super skinny.

Emme is the world's first plus-sized super model.

Emme is the world's first plus-sized super model.

For better or for worse, it's the super skinny figure which has become the norm for high profile fashion models around the world.

Whether they are a size zero or a size two, it's a measurement that most women would find difficult to be.

Even noted designer Karl Lagerfeld said that "no one wants to see curvy women".

However, those kinds of words only make model Emme more determined.

She's a plus-sized model and body image advocate known as the world's first full-figured supermodel.

Emme has a large following among women around the world and uses her profile to change traditional standards of beauty.

We'd like to take your questions for Emme.

Do you think that she'll change how things are or is it a lost cause? Do you want to see more plus-sized models on the runways or are you happy with the current flock of catwalk models?

Please leave your comments below.

and read more about emme at http://www.emmestyle.com

soundoff (101 Responses)
  1. Erin Nau

    I have had the opportunity to work with EMME and found her an amazing, motivating, inspiring woman who does wonderful work in advocacy and charity. I can't wait to hear what's next for EMME.

    January 22, 2010 at 10:06 pm | Reply
  2. David

    I've long held that too few of the breed that pass for supermodels possess that attributes that many heterosexual men would find attractive. One possible reason may be that few heterosexual men are actually in the model scouting field. Wouldn't that be ironic?

    January 23, 2010 at 2:09 am | Reply
  3. BMI Normal

    Featuring more models with a BMI between 18.5-24.9 will be a start. Many of them are severely underweight.

    January 23, 2010 at 2:51 am | Reply
  4. Sarah

    First of all let me say YOU ROCK! It is about time the world sees women who are curvy women as beautiful (if not more than) skinny models. I am curvy too love myself.......

    If I may ask what size do you wear (jeans/pants shirt)
    How tall are you?

    What are your goals and how did you get to where you are now?

    Thank you

    January 23, 2010 at 3:02 am | Reply
  5. mamay

    I believe women were designed to be curvy. Karl Lagerfeld said that "no one wants to see curvy women". Really? Seriously? Marilyn Monroe definately had curves and I think lots of men wanted to see her!

    I do not think she should be called 'full figured', 'large' , 'plus-sized' or any other size description. She is a model and a beautiful one.

    More Power to you Emme!!

    January 23, 2010 at 3:13 am | Reply
  6. Sarah McConnell

    When will the day come when Karl Lagerfeld goes away, who cares what he thinks...and Emme, who cares about any of this..do you really? Plus size 0 size, why doesn't hollywood just go away. You have made your millions, move on and call it a day.

    January 23, 2010 at 3:38 am | Reply
  7. judi

    I so hope that we will see the Average Woman begin to show up
    in ads, t.v., etc. There is nothing healthy about being a size 2 or 0!

    January 23, 2010 at 3:50 am | Reply
  8. John Daum

    Hooray for Emme! When I was 19, I had a friend who, in her late 20s, was a model and she would smile all the way up the catwalk... it was refreshing to see. This is the next level of refreshing. We need more of this.

    January 23, 2010 at 4:00 am | Reply
  9. terry niedzialek

    Balance is the key; either extream–too thin, too fat– is totally unhealthy. Our culture is becoming obese, a true disease of modern times. It does not feel good and causes illness and death. Being skin and bones can be unhealthy too. Why promote either of these? Why not promote balance and health?

    January 23, 2010 at 4:23 am | Reply
  10. brommer

    supper skinny is ugly sexuay not....disired..I watched fore more than 20 years those ugly pieces takeing the floore

    January 23, 2010 at 5:11 am | Reply
  11. brommer

    supper skinny is ugly sexuay not....disired..I watched fore more than 20 years those ugly pieces takeing the floore...............
    I am trying to submit my coment ,,twice i failed hell to cnn coment policy.............manupolation

    January 23, 2010 at 5:20 am | Reply
  12. Thomas Mathew

    If Karl Lagerfeld is right, something is wrong with the present fashion sensibilities. Slim or not, a curvy woman is a thing of beauty for ever.

    January 23, 2010 at 5:29 am | Reply
  13. Sara

    I would like to see more normal looking women modeling clothes on the catwalk. I am not a woman who reads fashion magazines or takes much notice of the fashion catwalk except for a glance here and there, and that is because it is a very warped world. It warps the beauty of real women. To be a tall women and a size zero is not normal and everyone in the fashion world knows it. However, they would rather save a buck and use less fabric then spend a bit more for more fabric and a real figure and real beauty. Women of the world must take a stand and not allow these warped standards to define what is beautiful and the only way that will work is with the all mighty buck. The buck stops with the women who demand more of the fashion industry and of the western fashion world. To be truly beautiful is to be real.

    January 23, 2010 at 5:35 am | Reply
  14. mohamed tawfik

    Love what emme is doing and as i man i love curvey women and i hate skinny models and i think they should ban them from run way and replace them with women that wear at least size 4 or 6

    the more the curve the better

    January 23, 2010 at 5:40 am | Reply
  15. John F.

    Karl Lagerfeld may be a successful fashion designer, but his statement in the story is wrong, wrong, WRONG.

    What he should have said is "Those of us who are insiders in the fashion industry don't want to see curvy women".

    The vast majority of the PUBLIC (both male and female public), DO. Women are SUPPOSED to have curves. That's what makes them so appealing.

    January 23, 2010 at 8:12 am | Reply
  16. Miss Karie

    Emme how do you plan on changing the status quo? It seems such an uphill battle.

    I have a BA in Sociology and MPH from CAL Berkeley and I truly believe that the fashion world will fight tooth and nail if not for the fact that they want to remain separated from society and continue to sell the dream. You know, of being thin, and gorgeous.

    From there the diet folks jump on the bandwagon etc. It's a business and like the Pharmaceutical Giants it's money and no one gives that up w/o a fight!!

    January 23, 2010 at 8:18 am | Reply
  17. DINA HANANIA

    OF COURSE, I WOULD LIKE TO SEE MORE FULL-FIGURED MODELS. IN FACT, I AM NOT SLIM AND I CANNOT WEAR THE CLOTHES THAT CLAUDIA SHEAFFER OR NAOMI PROMOTE! BUT I MIGHT BE ABLE TO WEAR THE CLOTHES THAT EMME PROMOTES. ACTUALLY, I LIVE IN A PART OF THE WORLD WHERE MORE THAN HALF OF THE WOMEN ARE FULL! THANK YOU EMME. WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU.

    January 23, 2010 at 8:52 am | Reply
  18. Pam

    I think skinny and couture go well together, they are both improbable to see on the everyday....the problem is that skinny is now being sold with hair care products, makeup, perfume, non-couture brands that are targeted at young people. I think the 'everyday' advertisement needs to be rethought.

    January 23, 2010 at 9:34 am | Reply
  19. Chris

    ' Even noted designer Karl Lagerfeld said that "no one wants to see curvy women". '

    That statement speaks for itself in terms of establishing how ridiculous the fashion world has become. By ridiculous I mean unrealistic! Women are meant to be curvy..they always were. They are not meant to look like under developed teens! If you do a poll surely you will find that women like Eva Longoria, Salma Hayek, Jennifer Lopez, Eva Mendes, Kate Hudson etc...are all women that are highly regarded for their figures and they are curvy! Society is paying a huge price due to this ridiculous image of skinny models and the influences it has created! How is it possible that people find those horribly ugly models a 'model' figure? They are 'models' thus examples of what you SHOULD NEVER attempt to be!

    January 23, 2010 at 10:00 am | Reply
  20. rene

    Plus-sized, curvy, full figured,
    Did anybody else notice how in the whole article the word FAT does not appear once.
    Didn't Heidi Klum recently state that models have an expiry date?
    Im sure this lady Emma is a wonderful person but honestly i wouldn't want to see her walking down a catwalk in a Bikini, even if the bikini is from D&G.
    They mention the norm is for supper skinny models, but what country does this norm come from? The USA?.
    What is considered normal in France or Japan is considered skinny in the USA, and what is considered normal in The USA is mostly called obese by the standards of the rest of the world.
    Fashion is about marketing, and marketing is about selling a dream, and thats fine because people need something to look up to and strive for if they are in for these things.
    Its a little bit like cars, you drive a Ford but the poster in your sons bedroom is of a Ferrari.

    January 23, 2010 at 10:31 am | Reply
  21. Ana

    Perhaps super-sized models are a bit too much for the catwalk, however many of the actual models look extremely unhealthy, emaciated. Nothing is more attractive, and ftattering than a lean, athletic body. Maybe this should be the norm, healthier, strong, beautiful bodies to display fashion as effectively as possible.

    January 23, 2010 at 11:05 am | Reply
  22. Myles

    I, unlike most of the fashion industry, am a straight man. I DO want to see curvy models. Skinny waifs that look like boys do not interest me. Sorry Karl, but Emme is in and nothing to hold onto is out.

    January 23, 2010 at 11:09 am | Reply
  23. Jeff Helgeson

    Skinny models with no curves are no good. Skinny models with curves are good. Plus size models are just not fun to look at.

    January 23, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Reply
  24. Ann

    Hi, Emme, another fan here. Two questions:

    1. I always shied away from modeling–and acting, as well–because of what I feared it would do to my soul and mind. It seems like a very damaging career. I think unfortunately many gorgeous women and men make this same choice, and a lot of radiant talent is lost. ... What are your thoughts on this? Could you still recommend, after what you've experienced and seen, for say, your own daughter to go into modeling? Or would you steer her away? And are there ways to be active in modeling and to stay spiritually and mentally healthy?

    2. Do you think it's really true that a person's face and affect really reflect their inner qualities ("inner beauty"), especially after a certain age? Or are there many "Dorian Grays" out there whose outer appearance reflects nothing of their inner beauty?

    January 23, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Reply
  25. selder

    she's a sensible model skillful the dress is so feated

    January 23, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Reply
  26. selder

    she's a sensible model skillful the dress is so feated shes pretty and lovin

    January 23, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Reply
  27. james

    It is up to each individuals taste, but I must admit a full figure woman is a better sight than most of these emaciated refugee types you see on the runways.

    January 23, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Reply
  28. Thera

    I recently saw Some Like It Hot again. There is not an A-list actress in Hollywood today who could pull off wearing Marilyn Monroe's costumes in that movie. If she came up for roles now producers would think she had a pretty face but would want her to go on a drastic diet to get rid of all those curves. The sad thing is, she'd probably do it. There was a time when she was the ideal.

    January 23, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Reply
  29. JoyceElaine

    I personally think Emme is a much more beautiful model than the emaciated women on magazines and in Hollywood. I applaud her, and hope to see more healthy-looking models.

    January 23, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Reply
  30. SaiAupito

    Bony-skinny is not healthy and, for most, not attractive.

    However, I fear that people are becoming too accepting of being overweight. Fat is not healthy, nor at least for me, is it attractive. In my opinion, fat is a product of laziness. Thin and athletic will always be attractive.

    January 23, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Reply
  31. keithypoo

    all women should be skinny but they dont have the willpower. skinny is healthy! halth care reform? try getting to a normal BMI and quit whining! skinny is hot!

    January 23, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Reply
  32. JZ

    Homosexual men who are in the fashion business,find super skinny models, whose bodies resemble young males very attractive. Heterosexual men don'y buy fashion magazines. Men go for the voluptuous, curvey, sexy models in Play Boy. Women find clothes look better on the super skinny and most women are looking at the clothes. The fashion business could save millions if they used manicans or drawings to display their clothing line. No heterosexual man would have any desire to see super skinny models nude, look at Penthouse, Play Boy, go to Hooters... shapely, curvey women are a total turn on to men.

    January 23, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Reply
  33. Louise

    So....now we'll be seeing more of obese women than we already see? I personnally enjoy seeing men and women who are active in sports on a daily basis. That's what we need. Neither fat nor skinny models would be able to survive in a less-than-perfect world, one that we're facing.

    January 23, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Reply
  34. ldbonda

    what a hypocrisy – fat is fat. we want to teach children and adults to be attentive to their health and well-being, but we don't have the collective will to be truthful about it. Emma is fat. Plus-model is a politically correct term for 'fat'. Call it what it is, don't encourage it or glamorize it. I modeled for years, and the vast majority of the models were 'normal' in build; the waif model was only encouraged and supported by high-end fashion designers; most fashion, catalog,print and film – are 'normal/average build women. The problem is that since most of the society is to some extent fat, they don't want to admit the 'normal' is not what they are; sadly, most American are women over their 'target' weight, like Emma – any many far worse.
    The problem isn't the model, it's the fatness and obesity of the viewer.

    January 23, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Reply
  35. natali

    I do support the idea of having models, having ideals to which young girls can aspire, which aren't impossibly skinny (and obviously malnourished at least). Yet asking for models to be 'average' is another story altogether – with the average size of women (at least in the US) a size 16 and overweight, this is not something which we should support. How about just a healthy model?

    January 23, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Reply
  36. Louise

    Hi Emme,

    I heard about you many years ago. I am trying to think when exactly. Could it have been 20 years ago?

    -What types of things have you been doing over this period of time (work, marriage, family, travel)?

    -What type of modelling do you do? Catwalk, vogue, catalogue, tv?

    -Can I ask what size of clothing you wear (and is the size you wear a fashion industry size or a size a North American woman would wear)?

    -Normally this is not a question I would ask someone, however since you are in the industry and associating yourself with this article I feel like I can ask it. Are you considered overweight (according to your BMI) or are you a full figured healthy woman? Do you exercise?

    -What do you think would happen to you and your career if you lost weight and could not be considered plus size but not enough to be a size 0.?

    -What are your thoughts on the fashion industry? Would you recommend to young people for a career?

    -Do you watch Project runway, Models of the Runway and American's next top model?

    -Where do you live (New York?). Where do you do most of your work?

    -Who do you admire in the fashion industry and why?

    Thanks for you time.

    January 23, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Reply
  37. brandon

    this thread is full of fat people. Everyone knows that modeling is about representing, as best they can, a manequin with a pulse. the people wearing the clothes are supposed to be unlike people on the streets. I don't find full figured women attractive. I like my girls nice and thin.

    January 23, 2010 at 5:27 pm | Reply
  38. Alexandra

    Why is it that all of a sudden a "real" woman has to be extra curvy? Some women just happen to have smaller frames and are naturally thin. As a woman who has a naturally thin frame, I find that we are sending the message that only women who have large breasts and hips are "real" and the rest who are thin, and may not possess curves somehow are anorexic or are less feminine. Curves and body frame are somewhat influenced by genetics. If a woman does not have large breasts, a butt, and wide hips is she any less of a woman? I am a strong believer in healthy body image, and I feel that in this case, the examples are being taken to an extreme. A size 0 who is starving herself is not healthy, however, neither is a size 14 who has excess weight around her stomach.

    January 23, 2010 at 5:51 pm | Reply
  39. Troll

    Models aren't the only component of defining what the public sees as beauty. Having more "plus size super models" won't change what the average man finds attractive so it's basically just a pseudo-political / fashion statement. Emme's main support won't come from men who find her beautiful, but from mostly from women who support her message or related to her body type.

    "Emme has a large following among women around the world and uses her profile to change traditional standards of beauty."

    But since this is all dealing with averages, stereotypes and generics, it's pointless. Just from this forum you see men who "want something to hold onto" and those repulsed by fat chicks.

    January 23, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Reply
  40. SomeGuyFromFinland

    Models aren’t supposed be attractive just to please men or to set some standard for how humans should look. Their main function is to make the clothes look good, which skinny models pull off much better than bulky ones.

    January 23, 2010 at 7:17 pm | Reply
  41. Nikki

    Not full figured and not thin but a healthy weight with a toned body shoul be the goal

    January 23, 2010 at 7:20 pm | Reply
  42. Tanya

    Some people are seriously confused about what models are...they are simply living clothes hangers. Not a profession that any model should be proud of and nothing that any woman in her right mind should equate with 'sexy'. They look the way they do because the clothes they wear are more valuable and important than they are. If anything, we should feel sorry for them...

    January 23, 2010 at 7:31 pm | Reply
  43. Eugene FRANK MD

    Hey David, you miss the point: these anorectic women models are not that way to entice the heterosexual male, they are intended to be ego-ideals for the women these designers are seducing to buy an unachievable image. A ballet dancer has that body to create awe inspiring movement, emotion and art: these poor models are enslaved, starved, depressed and often suicidal because they themselves have bought that crazy image of a live mannequin. The billion dollar fashion industry needs live puppets to sell garments unwearable off the runway, just as the bound feet of Chinese aristocratic women were not made to be used for walking.

    If a woman is so desperate for that image, one has to ask what is it she doesn't have that a real woman is proud of?

    January 23, 2010 at 7:38 pm | Reply
  44. Géraldine

    I think people don't understand the difference between thin, curvy and fat. Being thin is not a bad thing if you eat correctly and exercise. To be curvy is also a good thing, as long as you eat correctly as well and exercise. However, what this article, and what people here are saying, is that it's ok to be overweight or fat. It's not. It causes many diseases (diabetes, cholesterol, heart problems, and much more...). Who would want that? As someone mentioned earlier, what is considered normal in France (where i'm from) is considered skinny in the US. What is considered normal in the US IS considered fat in France. I'm French, and have been raised to eat health and balanced meals and to exercise regularly. I'm a size 2, i definitely don't consider myself to be anorexic or to have an eating disorder. I just eat normally, and don't spend every lunch hour at McDonald's. I don't do this to fit into a particular standard ; i do it to feel good about myself, and because ultimately at the end of the day my health is important to me. Instead of promoting fast-food joints, eating pizzas all the time or microwavable food, if Americans took the time to cook correctly and watch what they're eating, and EXERCISE at least 3 times a day (instead of taking your cars everywhere, try walking once in a while), they'd feel a whole lot better and would have a longer life – expectancy. But that's just my point of view....

    January 23, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Reply
  45. Artofwar

    The answer is quite simple actually....

    Would you enter a Clydesdale in the Kentucky Derby?

    Would you enter a Thoroughbred into Vaulting event?

    The answer to both of these questions, if of course you have at least half a brain is no.

    Plus size models if you want to call them models, should have their on events, while the zero to two size models will continue with theirs.

    On a side note, what would be the incentive in paying some of these supermodels the enormous salaries that some of them take in every year, if they looked like your everyday run of the mill woman.

    Supermodels are not supposed to look like your wife, or your mother in law, or the cashier at your local Wal-Mart.
    This is why they are referred to as supermodels, thus the large paychecks.

    If the fat women of the world want to have their day in the sun let them, but it will be in their own appropriate arenas and venues.

    Supermodels are not supposed to look like your wife or the average woman, what would be the purpose?.......Artofwar

    January 23, 2010 at 7:52 pm | Reply
  46. Patricia Mifsud

    Skinny or fat both are bad. Come on now everybody knows that's it's impossible to keep a size 0 or 2 forever. Now in my time a size 8 woman was considered a woman with a great figure. She had breast and a derriere. Isn't that what a woman should have? Don't men have muscles or are they suppose to be skin and bones too. Wake up and smell the roses and stop reaching for something that is impossible. Like roses some are perfect and some are not but they all look beautiful in the garden.

    January 23, 2010 at 8:43 pm | Reply
  47. Amazed

    So for the last 30 years of super skinny models on the catwalk, sorry, make that more than 40 including Twiggy and The Shrimp, what has been happening to the average woman in America and Europe? They have grown, like Topsy. Maybe they saw the models look as unattainable, so in the absence of hope just let themselves go. Maybe if more models like Emme get up there, real women will have something to aspire to, that is NOT an impossible dream. Then, Bye Bye Macdonalds, Bye Bye KFC and not before time.

    January 23, 2010 at 9:00 pm | Reply
  48. Brian Clark

    As an Alpha red blooded male I do not think skinny women are in the least attractive, quite the opposite,,,,,,,,,,,,who wants to cuddle a bag of bones ??

    Give me a woman with curves anytime !!

    January 23, 2010 at 10:00 pm | Reply
  49. Miss Karie

    For all the people stuck on leaving negative comments- go get a life! Can we have a positive discourse supported by evidence? And the evidence is most American women are as some of you are calling "fat"!

    I am so over that term. It does nothing for this discussion.....

    Thanx Emme & CNN

    January 23, 2010 at 10:03 pm | Reply
  50. Jackie

    I think we should promote truly average- not super skinny, but we shouldn't glamorize being significantly overweight, either. Both are unhealthy.

    Also, while I am in awe of Karl Lagerfeld's designs and prolific portfolio, I have no idea what he was thinking. I find it far more unpleasant to look at scarily thin arms and a ribcage than to look at a girl with hips.

    January 23, 2010 at 10:51 pm | Reply
  51. Tracy (uk)

    Emme...Do you think you are a good role model to young people??? I do not think being FAT or SKINNY is..! Lean, athletic and curvy is healthier and much more attractive.!

    January 23, 2010 at 11:29 pm | Reply
  52. Chic

    The average women doesn't even come close to those, "what a women should look like". I have been on this earth some 75 years and the best female are those that enjoy eating, exercise, have a hobby and don't try to be some else but rather be honest to the world around them and have an attitude, "what you see is what is what you get!"

    January 23, 2010 at 11:32 pm | Reply
  53. Greg

    Wow! I wish you wouldn't have that strap in the middle of your dress, but somewhere to the side, so more would be visible! Not necessarily much, but a bit! I was thin and then fat when I was a kid, now I'm thin. So weight doesn't bother me much, of course, not counting the greatly overweight because that's plainly not healthy. The fashion industry, I think shouldn't be sending a message that everybody should be ultra-thin, but rather that too thin or too fat isn't very healthy.

    January 23, 2010 at 11:48 pm | Reply
  54. Marc

    Normal size to super size... A woman is most physically attractive when she looks healthy. My wife is well above skinny and I find her very attractive.

    January 24, 2010 at 12:02 am | Reply
  55. Chad

    Do you even know WHY designers prefer skinny models? So that the clothes hang on them like a coathanger.. Designers don't want the clothes bunched up and awkward when they are "advertising" them. Its all about the clothes, not the model.

    January 24, 2010 at 12:16 am | Reply
  56. Greg

    I'm a 51 yo carpenter. Idon't think chubby people should expose thier unhealthy habbits to our young. I smoke, drink beer, stay up late. But I eat good food get plenty exersise. I always out do the young guys in production. Even at the expence of beeing very sore. The big guys are my favorite. They can out pound me easly, but tire just as fast. A "pluse sised woman is like a pluse sized guy. If you had to wrestle one, they might kill you in 2 min. But after that time they need to rest, or pass out.
    It's not sexy. I'm 6ft. and untill 2 years ago when work stopped here was 165lb. Fast, exact in my work, made good money. I could look in the mirror, what looked back was almost as trim as I was 2 yrs. after I started at 16yrs. 6-pack front & back, cut. That is sexy. 6-Pack is gone, That's not.

    January 24, 2010 at 12:48 am | Reply
  57. Martin

    Let's show average. And next: 5 star restaurants to serve Big Mac; tone deaf people topping the billboard chart; museums filled with children's drawings; and, abolishing the super bowl, allow all to play and hand out participation ribbons.

    January 24, 2010 at 1:00 am | Reply
  58. Greg

    My goal is to go to the beach and look good to set an example to our young. To help make up for the whales of the U.S. the most over weight people on this planet. We call it the Carolina Wide Glide.

    January 24, 2010 at 1:04 am | Reply
  59. Athletic and Skinny from Utah

    I think that models who were a bit more curvy would be good for the self esteem and body image of girls and women. However, all the insults and that people have about skinny women who are size 0, 1 or 2 is not good for the self esteem of women who fit into those categories. We as a society should strive to be healthy and encourage women and girls to be a healthy weight. I am a size 2, I eat well, I run 30 miles a week, and I am a healthy weight, according to the guidelines set fourth by the CDC and according to my physician. I understand that not everyone is attracted to women as thin as I am, however, it is hurtful when people call me a 'bag of bones' or other names. Insulting thin women is just as bad as insulting women that are bigger. It is true that we in the USA have a problem with obesity, but we shouldn't glorify that by plastering a whole bunch of images of obese women everywhere the way images of super-thin women are plastered everywhere. I would like to see women who are of all shapes and sizes modeling, especially those who have 18.5-25% body fat, in order to set a good example for young women and help the rest of us see the beauty in health.

    January 24, 2010 at 1:14 am | Reply
  60. Chris

    No one should aspire to be plus sized. Health people. Health.

    January 24, 2010 at 2:25 am | Reply
  61. Alice

    Stop focusing on sizes and focus on health instead. My entire family is skinny naturally and I am sick to death of hearing comments like "there is nothing healthy about a size 2 or a size 0." I have been the same body shape since I was 15 years old and I am now 28. I am extremely healthy and although I can eat what I want and barely gain any weight (again, genetics), I prefer not to. I can still fit into my prom dress and it is all down to genetics.

    January 24, 2010 at 2:25 am | Reply
  62. I'm a boy.

    I'm a boy but I mean...I am not so keen on girls who are always super skinny. I don't like to judge on appearance. LOL, It hink Amazed is really true, BB Mcdonalds...

    January 24, 2010 at 2:41 am | Reply
  63. skinny

    I've seen pictures of Emme and she's a beautiful woman but she isn't exactly a plus sized woman by dress size. Using a larger "curvy" woman doesn't necessarily level the playing field or make fashion more interesting. I won't suddenly feel like I'm included or accepted just because a bigger body is being represented. I'm more like the current models but much shorter. A bigger woman wouldn't inspire me because I just don't own all that flesh. What will be the next complaint...pictures of bigger woman are making everyone obese and binge eat? If I could just gain 5 more pounds I could have bigger saddle bags or back rolls and my life would be better and I'd be more accepted? There are real woman who are long and lean and have the model type build without having an eating disorder. They are healthy and beautiful and look beautiful in print and on the runway. Get over it!

    January 24, 2010 at 2:49 am | Reply
  64. SkinnyScottishBloke

    Okies, I think it's wrong to take prejudice to over weight people, Just because I'm skinny doesn't mean it's all good. Sometimes skinny people aren't as good as the slightly plus people.
    I think Emme is beautiful, she has the courage to say all this and noone should have negative comments on this topic.
    It's a touchy topic and if I was a little plus I don't think I would be happy if someone called me names like fatty or fat boy. It hurts.
    I used to be a little over weight but I lost weight and I LIKED it when I was overweight.

    January 24, 2010 at 2:51 am | Reply
  65. jasper chong

    she is fat, but so are 9 out of 10 Americans, you guys really need to watch what you eat, the american diet is the root cause of it all.

    January 24, 2010 at 3:59 am | Reply
  66. Leviathan

    I agree 100% with Mr. Lagerfeld

    January 24, 2010 at 4:34 am | Reply
  67. BMI Normal

    I thought men's ideal body type is size 0 or 2 girls with C/D cups.

    Until they get to date what they wanted. Though there are exceptions, this body type is found in naturally thin women with fake boobs or naturally curvy women who maintain a strict diet.

    January 24, 2010 at 4:58 am | Reply
  68. rene

    What is next?
    Curvy fat woman in ballet?
    Fat plus sized woman at the 100m hurdles during the olympics?
    stop being politically correct.

    January 24, 2010 at 5:01 am | Reply
  69. Quake

    Being obese is unhealthy and makes you a (literal) burden on the healthcare system. Overweight models should not exist, because people should not be encouraged to think that being overweight is normal. (Statistically speaking, it may have become 'normal' in countries like the USA where more than 50% of adults are overweight, but that does not make it normal, desirable or healthy.) Those who believe it's OK to be fat or even celebrate it as a positive thing are in DENIAL. They need to seek help, for the good of their own health, and to avoid being a burden on the system, because Obama will make every taxpayer foot the bill for the weak will of the obese.

    January 24, 2010 at 5:43 am | Reply
  70. Sandra

    I find the fashion industry a complete farce!!! Skinny kids slinking around in bizarre make-up wearing ridiculous clothes–these "parades" are totally divorced from what women of all ages and sizes want to see. It is very refreshing to see Emme, a lovely natural lady dressing normally

    January 24, 2010 at 6:02 am | Reply
  71. Skinny women R the Best!

    I would much rather date, marry, or be with a super skinny woman, than 'average' size. Why? Because,then when you eat dinner with them, you do not need to order anything 'extra' – you just eat what the skinny woman does not eat! Save money, and come out feeling full et great & don't forget dessert!

    January 24, 2010 at 8:20 am | Reply
  72. rick

    there is a big difference between curvy and fat, i just hope we dont start seeing obese models on the covers of magazines.

    January 24, 2010 at 8:32 am | Reply
  73. Gon Frank

    What is interesting is that gay men are determining the "ideal" woman for women and straight men. Ridiculous!

    What they are doing is designing a woman's clothes for a man's figure which they find attractive. Men do not have curves, women do. Gay men do not find women sexually alluring, thus they do not design for them, but again, for the man of their dreams.

    This is not bashing gay men as they have as good or better taste in many things than straight men and women do. My point is that I do not feel that gay man has the best viewpoint when it comes to what staight men, or women want on a daily basis when their world is mostly male focused.

    January 24, 2010 at 10:09 am | Reply
  74. Brian

    'Nobody wants to see curves' is wrong, but not completely wrong. I personally don't like the current trend of skinny models. But I also wouldn't want to see plus sive models either. Can't we just have healthy looking models?

    January 24, 2010 at 10:11 am | Reply
  75. Jero

    I think it's a question of exclusivity and distinction. As long as it's cheaper and more convenient to get fat than to become and stay skinny, skinny will be the upper ten thousands' fashion ideal.

    There were times in history when a well-defined, curvy body with some fat here and there was considered the beauty ideal and showed off wealth and well-nourishment. Look at the paintings from the 16th and 17th century, or pictures from the Industrial Revolution, when body fat was a way to show one's wealth.

    Average is not exclusive enough. Haute Couture is not made for the average person, there isn't even produced enough of it for a general, average audience. So they take what's rare and expensive and hard to achieve, and make that *their* standard, just to make sure the few remain The Few.

    If they allow for normal-sized models I'd be guessing they have trouble selling their stuff. Maybe there aren't enough skinny, unhealthy rich people anymore.

    I for my part welcome models who look like I do, modeling the clothes I'm interested in buying. I want to see what they'd look like on me, and not some skeleton with eyes. What's the point of modeling then? They might as well save the money for the model and put the clothes on a hat stand.

    January 24, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Reply
  76. Adam

    "No one wants to see curvy women."

    Huh?!? What a knob!

    Every heterosexual man I know likes curvy women.

    January 24, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Reply
  77. Julie

    You quoted Karl Lagerfeld as saying "no one wants to see curvy women" Who is he referring to when he says "no one". If its gay men or other insecure women, I would agree, but if he is referring to average male population, then we would be wrong. Why do you think there aren't any skinny women in porno movies? Because men like to see curvy women!!! Clearly the fashion industry is not for straight men.

    January 24, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Reply
  78. Ann

    I cannot believe all the ignorant people posting on here calling Emme fat and saying she should exercise more. Are you guys idiots? The woman is VERY athletic! She qualified for Olympic trials and had a full athletic scholarship to college (that's already far more athletic than you jerks posting quips, I bet), and has remained athletic and active. She is simply built like a big and strong Viking woman at 5'11" tall, and her large frame is the main reason she wears such a large size.

    If you want to pick on really fat models, that's fine, but Emme is not the one to go after with the "you're not fit, you should exercise more" rants. She is simply a strong, tall, active Viking lady with a bit of cushioning–and nowhere near too much! Exercise and sport has ALWAYS been a BIG part of her life.

    If you don't want to sound stupid, know a little bit about the person you're getting ready to criticize.

    January 24, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Reply
  79. JE

    I myself am a teenager approximately 5 ft 5.5 and about 128 lbs. I wear an American size 7 or 8 womens, so I'm about the average size of an American female. I think it's stupid to have all these stick skinny waifs. We need models that don't look like Kate Moss on a crack binge.

    January 24, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Reply
  80. Momof2

    I would like to see a better representation of ALL that is out there. I'm glad Emme is out there working for a better body image. We do need that because of people like Karl L. Today's fashions are designed and displayed to flatter the freakishly skinny models that walk the catwalk today. When you make those sizes bigger for the average person it can be very unflattering. I think it's ok to have some of those designs, there are girls and women whose natural body type is freakishly skinny. But the fashion shows should have the majority of the models who are of average size with a few models that are skinny and a few models that are size 18 or larger. In other words, a representation of all sizes. The clothes should also be designed for the different body TYPES within the sizes. I think that is one issue that is not raised enough, we are all concerned with size 0 or size 14 but what about the design within those sizes? I would like to see more discussion and variations of designs that would flatter women no matter their size.

    January 24, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Reply
  81. w.g.

    as long as she´s good in the kitchen and the bedroom
    size should´nt be a problem

    January 24, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Reply
  82. Peter Singer

    Full-sized women much better

    January 24, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Reply
  83. john Binford

    OK, Emme is attractive, but she's still a porker. Karl Lagerfeld is wrong, of course we want to see curvy women, just look at the girls in every month of Playboy. Anna Nicole Smith comes to mind....and Emme is no Anna Nicole Smith.

    January 24, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Reply
  84. Elizabeth

    I have stopped buying designer clothes, perfumes, makeup anything related to "fashion designers". I will continue to boycott all such products especially Lagerfeld.
    Until all women do the same the industry will not change

    January 24, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Reply
  85. nell cobbold

    I think she totally sucks. Just let the young skinny girls look GREAT, and
    when their time comes to look average, well ok! Mean while let us not
    forget, what makes you look great is your youth+ slim, and I mean
    GREAT,

    January 24, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Reply
  86. Erica

    I'm an average sized woman in my mid-20's, but because of the fashion industry I have been labeled "extra large" in all the stores and styles I like. This has gone a long way toward warping my self perception and self esteem.

    Am I really that big? My husband fervently insists I'm not, but all the stores and clothes and media say I am!

    I would champion models who look more like me. Please, get more of them out there, show me clothes that would look good on MY figure and not only on the immature teenage mannequins!

    Women are supposed to have curves. It's what makes us beautiful, and we sure could use some reminding.

    January 24, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Reply
  87. Darnville Nelson

    When did you get the calling to be different?

    January 24, 2010 at 10:25 pm | Reply
  88. BMI Normal

    Food for thought from a local weekly column on hot and healthy body types.

    http://www.asiaone.com/Health/Fitness/Story/A1Story20090713-154524.html

    I happen to come from a country where both men and women think that the "normal sized" women should be clinically underweight and make sure "nothing jiggles".

    With an ideal Asian BMI of 21 and a waist to hip ratio of 0.7, the numbers tell me I am just fine but the message ingrained in my mind since adolescence says otherwise.

    Hence I do agree with the main point of the CNN article: the media and cultural norms have an undue influence on what is deemed to be "normal sized".

    Having said so, America seems to have a different problem. I honestly think the average American eats twice as much as their European or Asian counterparts. Hence I am wary of being too lax with fat on models either.

    Since the world still takes their cue from America's runways and movies on beauty, how about featuring clinically healthy women on catwalks? If the average model is 5 foot 9 inches tall, she should weigh about 150 pounds.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:19 am | Reply
  89. Gbemiga Oresanya

    1. Is there a regulatory body checking the activities of modeling outfits/firms in the US? If yes, it should apply to other countries in the world. It is quite embarrasing seeing bony and skinny figures all in the name of modelling. We all knew what Oluchi looked like when she waon Face of Africa few years ago and what she looks like presently. Its an abuse to this women as they are placed on some outrageaous diets all in the name of modelling.

    January 25, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Reply
  90. Edet Edet Effiom

    Emme,how were you brought up and why did you choose to become a super model instead of something else. Respect.

    January 25, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Reply
  91. Edwin

    i don't know why any girl that see me must fall in love with me

    January 25, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Reply
  92. Ibrahim garba

    That's graet

    January 25, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Reply
  93. Chris Edward

    Why do clothes have different sizes?
    For a simple reason that, having only 'Size M' will not be profitable!!

    Its a similar scenario here: Size 'zero' models alone cannot represent WOMEN!
    If you (desiner) want to reach out to everyone, its only logical to have +sized and curvy women featured!

    Also, Size 'zero' is now a thing of the past, the world has moved on!
    Now that this topic has become debatable, its a positive sign that the world wants a 'change' or rather a shift from Size 0 to + sizes.
    Change is slow, Emme is the first of many more to come!

    January 25, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Reply
  94. Krobert

    Emme watzup wat make u think model is the right way 4 u. u choose a nice business keep it up

    January 25, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Reply
  95. Sophie

    I think it’s great that Emme is challenging the idea that to be considered successful in the fashion industry you must be a size zero. I really hope she succeeds!

    I think the problem with society is that there is such a huge focus on the extreme – either being a size zero or being obese. What about all those sizes that fall in between? We need a greater representation of ALL sizes in the fashion industry, not just a size zero or size two. This would help women like myself not to feel so pressured about body issues, dieting etc. And perhaps this would gradually allow teenage girls to accept their body shape for what it is.

    I wonder, how long does Emme believe it will be before super skinny is no longer seen as the norm for high profile fashion models?

    January 25, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Reply
  96. LAgal

    People often use "curvy" as a euphemism for FAT.
    A curvy woman is supposed to be fit and have a nice figure, with curves...that is what men are referring to when they say they like curves. Very important distinction.

    January 25, 2010 at 7:23 pm | Reply
  97. Craig Eyles

    G'day Becky
    While there's absolutely noting wrong with the plus sized models, my concern is really from the "neck up".
    It seems the model iindustry, no matter what size, is still for the "beautiful people".

    January 25, 2010 at 11:37 pm | Reply
  98. Keis

    Emme you are the bomb and symbol of plus size body to all the fat women

    January 26, 2010 at 7:35 am | Reply
  99. rene

    So at the end of the day,
    Size doest matter

    January 27, 2010 at 3:31 am | Reply
  100. Shell.

    Hello Emme,

    Let's suppose we can turn back the clock, so that the modeling industry is to start from scratch. You are the person setting the gold standard for fashion models and celebrities.

    Would you hire any beautiful woman in any shape and sizes, or would you hire just those who have healthy and athletic bodies? The former encourages women to accept themselves for who they are; the latter encourages women to work out and eat healthily.

    January 28, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Reply
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