Amy Lemons

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Amy Lemons
Born Doswell, Virginia, U.S.
Occupation Model
Years active 1995–present
Parent(s) Donald W. Lemons
Modeling information
Height 5'11"; 180 cm
Hair color Blonde
Eye color Green/Blue
Measurements (US) 36C-28-40
Dress size (US) 8/10; (EU) 38/40
Shoe size (US) 9; (EU) 40

Amy Lemons is an American fashion model and model advocate. As a straight sized (sizes typically used in editorial fashion) model, she rose to fame quickly, by landing the cover of Italian Vogue at age 14. Her ascent in the modeling industry included shooting the covers of Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Elle and Marie Claire. She also landed campaigns for Abercrombie and Fitch, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Jil Sander and Louis Vuitton. After a brief hiatus to earn her college degree from UCLA, Amy came back to the modeling industry as a mid-size model and began speaking out about the industry's "zero-sized standard" and healthy self-esteem for young women. She has recently been involved in advocating for ethical standards in the industry through the organization Model Alliance, which she co-founded.[1]


Amy Lemons was born in Doswell, Virginia. Her father is Donald W. Lemons, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia. Amy began her career as a fashion model at the age of 12 after being discovered in her dentist's office. At the age of 14 she landed the cover of Italian Vogue. In 2009, Amy Lemons graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in History. She has been campaigning with the Model Alliance to advocate for the health and well being of models in the industry.

Career and projects[edit]

Amy Lemons is currently represented by Wilhelmina Models and is an avid spokesperson about both the perils of the Fashion modeling industry and the honest portrayals of the Fashion modeling business. She is an advocate for positive body image around the world. In September 2009, Amy was featured in Glamour Magazine [2][3][4] along with 6 other fashion models (Crystal Renn, Ashley Graham, Kate Dillon Levin, Anansa Sims, and Jennie Runk) who are larger than standard sample size.

In 2010, Amy appeared in New York Magazine as part of Sara Ziff's "Picture Me" documentary on the often hidden side of fashion modeling.[5][6]

Amy spoke about the issue of positive body image on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.[7] Amy Lemons is involved with the "Let's Talk About it Campaign"[8] which is part of the NOW Foundation's Love Your Body Campaign. "For more than a decade, NOW Foundation's Love Your Body Campaign has been calling out the fashion, cosmetics and advertising industries for promoting unrealistic images of women. The campaign encourages women and girls to celebrate their bodies and reject the narrow beauty ideals endorsed in the media." Amy Lemons has appeared on VogueTV,[9] did a segment for The Oprah Winfrey Show[10][11] and was featured in Maxim Magazine.[12]

Today, Amy is currently involved with her new non-profit Model Alliance,[1][13][14][15][16] which she founded with Sara Ziff and Coco Rocha.[17][18]


Lemons has worked with many top brands and publications including Abercrombie and Fitch, Calvin Klein, Elena Miro, Elle Magazine, Glamour Magazine, Louis Vuitton, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hillfiger, Valentino, and Versace.


  • Johnny Benson's Adventures in the Blogosphere (2005)
  • The Gymnast (2006)


  1. ^ a b Lemons, Amy. "Navigating The Industry’s Size-Zero Standard". Model Alliance. 
  2. ^ Field, Genevieve (2009-09-21). "These Bodies are Beautiful at Every Size". Glamour Magazine. 
  3. ^ Fields, Genevieve (2009-09-21). "Supermodels Who Aren’t Superthin: Meet the Women Who Proudly Bared it All". Glamour Magazine. 
  4. ^ Carmon, Irin. "Spot The Plus-Size Model In Glamour". Jezebel. 
  5. ^ Moss, Hilary (2010-09-23). "Sara Ziff's 'Picture Me' Mini-Series: Models Told To Eat Half A Rice Cake, Cotton Balls". Huffington Post. 
  6. ^ Black, Rosemary (2010-09-24). "'I saw models eating cotton balls': 'Picture Me' filmmakers reveal stark side of fashion". NY Daily News. 
  7. ^ DeGeneres, Ellen. "Video of the Day: Glamour Magazine's Normal-Sized Models". The Ellen DeGeneres Show. 
  8. ^ Lemons, Amy. "Let's Talk About It". NOW Foundation. 
  9. ^ Lemons, Amy. "Glam and Curvy". Italian Vogue. 
  10. ^ Winfrey, Oprah. "Oprah's Favorite Jeans". Oprah Winfrey Show. 
  11. ^ Winfrey, Oprah. "Adam's Jean-ius Picks". Oprah Winfrey Show. 
  12. ^ Lemons, Amy. "Amy Lemons". Maxim. 
  13. ^ Model Alliance
  14. ^ Siva, Lisa (2012-02-14). "The Model Alliance". Tribeza. 
  15. ^ "We are allied". Hollow's End. 
  16. ^ Hill, Dianna. "Is size 12 really plus-sized?". 
  17. ^ Moss, Hilary (2010-12-22). "Sara Ziff Working To Form A Model Alliance". Huffington Post. 
  18. ^ Feitelberg, Rosemary (2010-12-21). "New Alliance Aims to Protect Models". WWD. 

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