Professional model discusses body image and life on the runway

Published: February 10, 2016 | Read Time: 2 minutes

Professional model discusses body image and life on the runwayProfessional model Melissa Stetten will discuss body image and life on the runway in her presentation, “Body Image in the Modeling Industry: An Insider’s Perspective,” during SUU’s fourth Convocation of the 2016 spring semester on Thursday, Feb. 18 at 11:30 a.m. in the SUU Gilbert Great Hall. Co-sponsored by the Business Executive Series, this event is free and open to the general public. 

“The entertainment business is also big business, and Ms. Stetten has unique insight into so many aspects of this industry,” said David Berri, professor of economics and affiliate of the Business Executive Series at SUU. “From modeling to acting to writing, Ms. Stetten can provide students not only a glimpse into the business side of entertainment, but also her personal perspective on how women are treated in the business world. Her talk should prove especially invaluable to students in the School of Business.”

From humble beginnings in Kalamazoo, Michigan to the runways of New York, Los Angeles, and London, Melissa Stetten demonstrates how far one person can go with hard work and business smarts. In addition to being featured in magazines such as People, In Style, and Women’s Health, Stetten also has appeared in national campaigns for L’Oreal, Target, Nikon, and Bed Head. Her television credits include a guest appearance on the award-winning sketch show Key & Peele and the lead role in music videos for both Foster The People (“Best Friend”) and The Maine (“Into Your Arms”). Her recent commercial work includes international spots for both Lincoln and Samsung.

Beyond modeling, Stetten has achieved noteworthy exposure through her passion for writing. Her content has been published in several print outlets, including Vice Magazine, Esquire, xoJane, and The Style Con. Moreover, her entertaining musings on Twitter have gained national attention, from amassing more than 70,000 followers to being mentioned on The View, Comedy Central, Huffington Post, and hundreds of other outlets.

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