Emme is an American plus-size model, social reformer and body image advocate. Emme gained worldwide fame as the first full-figured model chosen for People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People, first in 1994 for a second time in 1999. Emme is recognized in the 1990s as the leading model in the profession, as well as its highest earner. Born Melissa Miller in New York City, Emme was raised in Saudi Arabia, returned to the United States as a teenager to attend Kent School in northwest Connecticut; when Emme was in high-school, her family moved back to the States. She attended the Kent School in Connecticut, where she joined the rowing team. In her book, she tells the story of her stepfather instructing her at age 12 to strip down to her underwear while he took a black marker and drew circles on her outer thighs, hips and arms to highlight where she needed to lose weight. Syracuse University awarded Emme a full athletic scholarship and she became a member of the crew team. S. Olympic Team trials, as well as several U.
S. National Team trials. After graduation, she spent two years in Flagstaff, Arizona where she was a reporter and morning anchor for the NBC affiliate KNAZ-TV. Emme's sister Melanie is a model. Emme moved to New Jersey. In 2001, Emme's daughter Toby was born, she separated from her husband in 2007, finalized her divorced in 2008. Emme's daughter Toby Cole was in Teen Vogue and is signed at IMG Models. In May 2007 Emme was diagnosed with Stage 2a Hodgkin's lymphoma – a type of lymphoma, curable with radiation and chemotherapy, she had surgery and in November 2007 doctors declared that she was "cancer-free". In 1998, she was the first plus-size model to be a spokesperson for Revlon. Emme had a sportswear line of sized 2–26 women's clothing sold at QVC under the me BY EMME label and the Emme Collection sportswear line manufactured by Kellwood and sold to department stores. A 16" collectable doll bearing Emme's name and likeness generates money to benefit body image and self-esteem organizations. Official website Emme on IMDb
USS Meredith, a Gearing-class destroyer, was the fourth ship of the United States Navy to be named for the United States Marine Corps Sergeant Jonathan Meredith, who saved the life of Lieutenant John Trippe of Vixen, during the Barbary Wars. The destroyer was laid down at the Consolidated Steel Corporation at Orange, Texas, on 27 January 1945. Wideman in command. Following sea trials and shakedown exercises in the spring of 1946, Meredith was employed, for a brief period, in training submarine officers at New London, before steaming south to serve as plane guard for the aircraft carrier Randolph during the 1946 midshipmen summer cruise. In the late fall, she pointed her bow northward for operations off Greenland. Remaining in the western Atlantic Ocean the following year, she cruised from Maine to the Caribbean, participating once again in a midshipmen training cruise; the first part of 1948 was spent in conducting experimental tests for the Operational Development Force, after which, in May, she sailed, with other ships of her squadron, Destroyer Squadron 6, for her first overseas deployment.
From that time, until 1953, she got underway in the spring of each year for the Mediterranean and duty with the 6th Fleet. Her 2nd Fleet employment for the same period included Arctic maneuvers and several Caribbean cruises, as well as training cruises with reservists and another midshipmen summer cruise. On 7 January 1953, Meredith entered the Norfolk Naval Shipyard for habitability conversion which lasted into November, she resumed the alternation of duty tours with the 2nd and 6th Fleets. During her 1958 overseas deployment, she served with the Middle East Force as she and HMS Loch Fyne stood by in the Euphrates Delta area after the Iraqi revolution of 14 July. Toward the end of the following year, reassigned to DesRon 14, was slated for FRAM. Entering the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, on 28 June 1960, she remained for a year and two days during which time her bridge was enclosed, her torpedo deck was modified to allow the installation of ASROC, her seven-year-old 3 inch battery was replaced by a helicopter hangar and flight deck to accommodate the QH-50 DASH weapons system.
On 1 July 1961, the "new" Meredith sailed for her new home port, Florida. After refresher training, she got underway for a good will tour of various ports in the Caribbean and along the west coast of Africa from Freetown, Sierra Leone, to Cape Town, Republic of South Africa. While en route she collected oceanographic data which included piscatorial and avian surveys as well as hydrologic information. Meredith returned to Mayport on 18 February 1962, she further tested and evaluated the ASROC system before heading north to embark midshipmen for the fourth time. In August 1958, the destroyer once again transited the Atlantic for oversea deployment. In November 1965, brought her into the space age with an assignment to the Project Gemini recovery operations. 1969 In the early part of the year Meredith passed through the Panama canal en route to the western pacific where she participated in the Action in the South China Sea providing coastal bombardment and plane guard service. Meredith operated in the combat zone over a six-month period.
During the WestPac tour, while en route to Australia Meredith was reassigned to join what was said to be the largest task force of American war ships since World War II. The task force was assembled in response to North Korea's downing of an American aircraft. Meredith returned to Mayport in the latter part 1969. Subsequent to the WestPac tour of 1969 Meredith once again sailed to join the United States 6th Fleet for service in the Mediterranean, after which she returned her Mayport, Fla. home port. Meredith was transferred to Turkey on the same day, she was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 7 December 1979. In Turkish Navy service, she was renamed TCG Savaştepe; the ship was scrapped in 1995. This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships; the entries can be found here. Photo gallery of USS Meredith at NavSource Naval History