Named one of People magazine’s Most Beautiful people, and described by O, The Oprah Magazine, as the godmother of the full-figured industry, fashion model Emme has been advocating for body acceptance for decades.
And on an upcoming night of live storytelling, Emme, 57, will share how she developed an even greater appreciation for her body after giving birth.
I love to share the various ways I honor my body, despite what society or others have to say about it, she said.
Emme, a 1990s plus-size supermodel known for the body positivity movement, will share a story on May 4 about motherhood as part of the Storytellers Project’s show. In this photograph from 2017, she appeared at the Magazine Women for Women event in New Jersey, where she lives.
The New Jersey resident will join four others, sharing true, personal stories on May 4, marking upcoming Mother’s Day.
Watch the show at 4 p.m. PT / 7 p.m. ET. Register in advance to receive a reminder at https://www.storytellersproject.com/all-events and view it on the Storytellers Project’s Facebook page, YouTube channel or website.
The storytellers also include:
Gordon, a Black community organizer and nonprofit founder known as The Black Fairy Godmother on Instagram, will talk about how her experience as a single mother inspired her work helping families.
Simone Gordon, a Black community organizer who goes by “Black Fairy Godmother” on Instagram, will share a story on May 4 about motherhood.
I experienced discrimination and doors being slammed in my face when my son was 3 and he needed … resources, she said. So, when mothers come to my platform on social media needing assistance, I get it.
Gordon hopes to inspire listeners to join her in restoring marginalized communities. Last year, she won a Special Achievement Webby Award for her efforts.
Filmmaker and doula Debra Pascali-Bonaro will share a story about motherhood on May 4.
Pascali-Bonaro, a doula trainer, filmmaker and author, will share a story about how giving birth changed her life.
I birthed the way I wanted to and, in the process, I birthed a part of myself that has grown to lead a global initiative to improve maternity care … around the world, she said.
Storyteller Jamie Brunson is among five Americans sharing true, first-person stories about motherhood on May 4 as part of the Storytellers Project’s Mother’s Day show.
Brunson will talk about the death of her mother and living with that void.
Growing up, no one would discuss my mother’s death with me or tell me anything about my father. I grew up feeling lost, abandoned and unloved by my mother, she said.
After researching her mother’s death, Brunson discovered how much her mother had loved her.
Nelson’s story is about how motherhood didn’t look anything like what she thought it would.
Adiba Nelson of Tucson will share a personal story for the Storytellers Project’s Mother’s Day show on May 4.
Motherhood is not a one-size-fits-all sweatshirt … You make it what you need it to be, and that’s OK, she said.
Nelson, who is writing her memoir, Ain’t That A Mother, said she is participating because rarely are Black mothers given a platform to openly share their truths about motherhood. Her story is about an unexpected pregnancy and postpartum depression.
Sometimes our truths are unique to our culture, and sometimes our truths are universal. But our journey is often left out of the media or storytelling platforms. I decided it was time to change that, she said.
This virtual storytelling night is part of the Storytellers Project’s 2021 storytelling season, which includes 43 national and regional shows. The series features stories from across the United States told by people coached by USA TODAY Network journalists and professional storytelling experts.