Emme (model)

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Melissa Aronson
Emme for Chromat.jpg
Emme advertising for Chromat in 2018
Melissa Miller

(1963-06-30) June 30, 1963 (age 59)
Other names
  • Emme
  • Melissa Entwistle
  • Melissa Julian (On-Air TV Reporter)
Alma materKent School
Syracuse University (BS)
OccupationTV Reporter (1986–1988)
Model, Activist (1989–present)
TV Personality (1994–present)
Years active1989–present
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Spouse(s)Phillip Aronson
(m. 1989–2008; divorced)
Social Media: @SupermodelEmme

Emme (born Melissa Owens Miller; June 30, 1963) is an American plus-size model, social reformer and body image advocate. Emme gained worldwide fame as the first full-figured model chosen for People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People, first in 1994, then for a second time in 1999. Emme is largely recognized in the 1990s as the leading model in the profession, as well as its highest earner.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Born Melissa Miller in New York City, Emme was raised in Saudi Arabia, and returned to the United States as a teenager to attend Kent School in northwest Connecticut.[1] When Emme was in high-school, her family moved back to the States, settling in Houston. She later attended the Kent School in Connecticut, where she joined the rowing team.

In her book, she tells the story of her stepfather instructing her at age 12 to strip down to her underwear while he took a black marker and drew circles on her outer thighs, hips, stomach and arms to highlight where she needed to lose weight.[1]

Syracuse University awarded Emme a full athletic scholarship and she became a member of the crew team; she is also a member of the Syracuse University Orange Plus Hall of Fame, where she was inducted for her significant contribution to women's athletics and to the sport of rowing[3] In addition, Emme was invited to the U.S. Olympic Team trials, as well as several U.S. National Team trials.

After graduating in 1985,[4] she spent two years in Flagstaff, Arizona where she was a reporter and morning anchor for the NBC affiliate KNAZ-TV.

Personal life[edit]

Emme's sister Melanie is also a model.[5] Emme married Phillip Aronson in 1989 and moved to New Jersey. In 2001, Emme's daughter Toby was born. She separated from her husband in 2007, and later finalized her divorced in 2008.[2][6] Emme's daughter Toby Cole was recently in Teen Vogue and is signed at IMG Models.[7]


In May 2007 Emme was diagnosed with Stage 2a Hodgkin's lymphoma – a type of lymphoma that is often curable with radiation and chemotherapy. She had surgery and in November 2007 doctors declared that she was "cancer-free".[8]

Professional life[edit]

Emme for Chromat in 2018

In 1998, she was the first plus-size model to be a spokesperson for Revlon.[9] Emme had a sportswear line of sized 2–26 women's clothing sold at QVC under the me BY EMME label and the Emme Collection sportswear line manufactured by Kellwood and sold to department stores. A 16" collectable doll bearing Emme's name and likeness generates money to benefit body image and self-esteem organizations.[10]


Award Organization Year
Hall of Fame [11] Syracuse University Orange Plus 1994
Woman of Distinction – New York[citation needed] Girl Scouts of the USA 1997
S.A.R.A. Award [12] Syracuse University 2006
Letterwinner of Distinction [12] Syracuse University 2008
Hall of Fame [12] Syracuse Alumni Rowing Association 2013
Inspiration and Visionary Award [13] Women & Fashion FilmFest (WFF) 2015
Fashioning Futures for Women Award [14] Career Wardrobe 2015


  1. ^ a b c Witchel, Alex. "Size 14, 190 Pounds: A Model Figure", The New York Times, March 12, 1997. Retrieved October 11, 2007. When Emme was in high school, her family moved back to the States, settling in Houston, where she attended Kent School in Connecticut. At Kent School Emme joined the rowing team, sealing a life's passion for strenuous exercise.... In her book, she tells the story of Sam's instructing her at age 12 to strip down to her underwear while he took a black marker and drew circles on her outer thighs, hips, stomach and arms to highlight where she needed to lose weight."
  2. ^ a b Pedota, Chris. "One couple's climb to hope Supermodel and husband tell their sides of coming back from his depression", The Kansas City Star, April 2, 2002. Retrieved June 2, 2007. "Emme and Phillip Aronson at home in Closter, New Jersey."
  3. ^ cuse.com. "'Night of Distinction' to Honor SU Athletics Alumni", Syracuse University Sports, Syracuse, NY, October 15, 2008. Retrieved April 7, 2015.
  4. ^ "Supermodel Emme '85 to Support Women's Heart Health in Central New York". College of Visual and Performing Arts. October 22, 2019. Retrieved March 20, 2021.
  5. ^ "Beauty at Large". Retrieved July 13, 2011.
  6. ^ "Emme's Cancer Battle: 'I Needed to Be Strong'". Retrieved July 12, 2011.
  7. ^ Toby Cole Signed to IMG
  8. ^ Emme's Cancer Battle: I need to be strong (interview in People magazine, Jan 2008)
  9. ^ Refinery 29, Channing Hargrove (October 9, 2018). "Seven plus-size models who paved the way for today's biggest names". CNN Style. Retrieved October 29, 2019.
  10. ^ "Emme Doll Aims for Healthy Body Image". Retrieved July 12, 2011.
  11. ^ Emme: Syracuse Hall of Fame
  12. ^ a b c Night of Distinction To Honor SU Athletics Alumni
  13. ^ Women & Fashion FilmFest Launches Online WEBFest featuring Panel Discussions with Fashion & Entertainment Leaders, Films & Webseries on Womenfashfilm.com
  14. ^ Career Wardrobe Gala: Fashioning Futures for Women Award

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