2021 Commencement Speaker: Emme

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Emme is a leading voice for positive body image and inclusivity in fashion.

Emme will deliver the keynote address and receive the College’s Distinguished Achievement Award at the College’s 82nd Commencement exercises, which will be streamed live online on May 20, 2021 at 7 p.m. She will also receive an honorary Doctor of Commercial Science degree at the virtual ceremony.

Known for over two decades as an iconic American supermodel, Emme is a social reformer, media personality and spokesperson, author of five books, and creative director. She is also a mother, cancer survivor, and worldwide influencer for positive body image and self-esteem. 

Selected twice as one of People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People” and named by O, The Oprah Magazine as the “Godmother of the full-figured industry,” Emme was the first celebrity to speak before a Congressional subcommittee to increase public awareness of eating and body image disorders, and she is the founder of “Fashion Without Limits,” an inclusive design initiative at Syracuse University that teaches future fashion designers to design for all, regardless of size.  

Says LIM College President Elizabeth S. Marcuse, “Emme is globally recognized as a leading voice for women’s empowerment and positive body image. She’s transcended the definition of supermodel, becoming a true role model in moving the fashion business towards greater inclusivity and body positivity. Our 2021 graduates represent fashion’s future, and I am confident Emme will motivate and inspire them as they blaze impactful trails of their own.”