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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Plus-Sized Model Emme Urges Women to Protest Ralph Lauren After Model Fired For Being Too Fat

Oct. 16 2009, Published 9:20 a.m. ET

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Emme, the highest earning plus-sized model in the industry, and host of Fox's reality dating series More to Love, exclusively talked to about the controversy surrounding the disturbingly altered image of Ralph Lauren model Filippa Hamilton and also the termination of her contract.

The only way things are going to change in the fashion industry and media, she says, is if consumers take action into their own hands, instead of waiting for someone else to speak up.

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"It's time for women to start uniting online and communicating about this, to really put their foot down.  They are in the driver's seat, because they are the ones spending the money!"

Filippa Hamilton Claims She Was Fired For Being Too Fat

Emme has had her own experiences of being released from jobs because of weight gain. "As a model I was released from jobs for no apparent reason, just saying that they were moving on, and it was understood.  I had to be thick skinned to deal with the industry."

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Now that Ralph Lauren has apologized for altering the image of the already thin model, Emme says that the powerful design company needs to take action, by representing a more realistic image of the American woman in all of their advertising campaigns.

"Ralph Lauren needs to change the way he promotes the beautiful American family. He needs to use more diverse models, including plus size ones



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