The world's first plus-size supermodel has revealed she and her colleagues were once banned from runway shows, as she celebrated the progress that has been made in the fashion industry in the past two decades.
Emme Aronson, 54, looked back on the early days of plus-size fashion while taking part in a New York Fashion Week panel on Friday evening.
'Today marks the day that I have, for the first time in my life, walked in a New York Fashion Week show, for Chromat,' Emme told the crowd at Curvy Con, a convention dedicated to plus-size clothing.
Icon: Supermodel Emme Aronson looked back on the early days of the plus-size fashion industry on Friday evening after walking on Chromat's runway a few hours earlier
Discussion: Emme took part in a panel with (from left to right) NYFW founder Fern Mallis, Dia & Co founder Nadia Boujarwah, stylist Stacy London and model Marquita Pring
Hours before the panel, Emme walked for the swimwear, lingerie and athletic wear label in a black and blue ensemble paired with beige sandals.
The size 16 icon continued the discussion by recounting the shocking beginnings of full-figured models in the industry.
'We were not allowed to be on the runway many years ago,' she said before launching into an impassioned plea for diverse sizing.
'So I want to see diversity on world press and fashion where the statement across the board, on New York Fashion Weeks, London Fashion Weeks, where we can see fashion in W magazine. Editorial coverage where we are included.'
Emme, who rose to fame as a model in the 1990s after working in television, explained how she was amazed to discover there was a spot in the industry for full-figured women—but candidly described how tough it was to get the movement going.
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