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Emme: "I'm a Size 12, So What?"

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In a world where size 2 rules the runway, find out what keeps the former plus-size model, cancer survivor, and Mind, Body, Spirit Superstar, Emme, going strong.

When Size Is a Plus

FITNESS: You talk about your weight in such a healthy, positive way. How can other women learn to do the same?

Emme: It starts with honesty. I know a lot of women who lie about their weight. I worked very hard to get to a point where I can say, "This is how much I weigh. I am healthy and happy the way I am." I left shame and guilt about my body at the door a long time ago. Who has a right to say that we should look a certain way? Who makes those rules up? When it comes to feeling good about my appearance, the question I ask myself is, "Do I feel comfortable with my body now?" I'm a size 12; I've been a 16 and gone to the verge of 18 when I was pregnant. But you know what? This is my package. I'm looking at beauty in a whole new way -- and I want other women to do the same.

FITNESS: Do you work out to stay healthy?

Emme: Right now, I exercise three or four times a week. Fitness is a vital part of my life -- it's a huge release for me, both mentally and physically. And I love trying anything new that's physically challenging. I boogie-board, snowshoe, walk, swim, you name it. Last winter I went to Stratton Mountain in Vermont, and I picked up snowboarding for the first time. I love it! And I've been doing charity events like the 100-mile bike tour to raise money for multiple sclerosis for about 12 years. Two years ago, during the MS tour, my daughter, who is now 6, rode on an extender behind me the whole way! I was so proud of her for keeping up the pace. My fitness achievements mean even more to me now that I have survived cancer.

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