Next month, on March 30, we will be hosting a unique event. We’re calling it “A Woman’s Guide to a Fierce, Fearless and Fabulous Life.” This luncheon (12 noon – 3 pm) at Space in Englewood will star a panel discussion with four truly fierce, fearless and fabulous women and feature a book signing of two new releases: Supermodel Emme’s Chicken Soup for the Soul: Curvy & Confident, and Susan Moses’ The Art of Dressing Curves.
Here is a brief excerpt from the introduction of Emme’s new wonderful book:
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Curvy & Confident
As one of the world’s first plus-size supermodels in the early 1900’s, I fought to combat negative perception and narrow-minded thinking about women’s bodies. I talked until my voice was hoarse, trying to convince people that even if you are larger, curvier, or fleshier, you are still beautiful. The birth of MODE magazine in 1997 was a big turning point for millions of women above size 12, and for my career as a model, too. For the first time we got to see ourselves on the cover of a better fashion magazine in photos created by top stylists, make-up artists, and photographers.
But few retailers understood how to change their mindset from “fat” to “curvy” and this beautiful magazine folded in 2001. We’d been exposed to so many negative messages for so long – in the media, from our families, and even from our own thoughts – that a new, healthier attitude was still difficult to establish.
As a long-time Ambassador for the National Eating Disorders Association, I’ve seen firsthand how destructive the old way of thinking can be for women of all sizes – large, medium, and small. They can suffer from low self- esteem, which narrows their lives, and eating disorders, which can end them.
Today, I’m happy to see that the world, and our thinking is progressing – and this book is part of that change.
In early 2016, we saw Mattel issue new versions of Barbie, with different body types, including “curvy.” We saw the first plus-size model, Ashley Graham, appear in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. She looked gorgeous! Curvy women everywhere felt better about themselves; it gave them hope that a new view of beauty was on the horizon.
Join YWCA Bergen County, Supermodel Emme and panel of celebrity guests for A Woman’s Guide to a Fierce, Fearless & Fabulous Life on Thursday, March 30, 2017, from 12:00-3:00pm at SPACE in Englewood.
To register, please click here.