National Eating Disorders Association

NEDA Ambassadors are changemakers and advocates who use their personal experiences and platforms to raise awareness of eating disorders, combat diet culture, and promote body acceptance. Connect with our ambassadors through social media, the NEDA blog, and at a NEDA Walk or event in your community.

Iskra Lawrence, AerieREAL Model
An AerieREAL role model and brand ambassador for both the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) as well as L’Oreal’s Prince’s Trust, Iskra has become “the millennial poster girl for positivity” (Harper’s Bazaar UK, 2018). Her candid discussions regarding her own journey of self-love and challenging current media representation for men and women can be found in publications such as Time, Huffington Post, and SELF Magazine; as well as earning her a spot on BBC World’s 100 Most Influential Women. With her recent foray into production, Iskra has garnered massive attention for her Mirror Challenge. The Facebook Watch series has inspired nearly 4 million viewers with topics ranging from infertility to finding inner strength in the face of bullying. Her continued advocacy for diversity in media along with her focus on mental and physical wellness have made Iskra a go-to for those seeking upliftment, authenticity, and infectious self-empowerment.
Karla Mosley, Actor, Producer, Activist
Karla Mosley currently portrays Maya Avant Forrester on "The Bold and The Beautiful" - the first transgender lead character on broadcast TV (NAACP Image Award Nomination, 3 GLAAD Awards for the story). Co-creator and star of "Room 8" for CBS.com. Other TV/Film: Angel From Hell, Hart of Dixie, TLC-Discovery Kids’ Hi-5, Law & Order: CI, Gossip Girl, Guiding Light and Burn After Reading. Theater: Expatriate (Culture Project), Travlin' (NYMPH), Dreamgirls with Jennifer Holliday (TUTS, The MUNY), Sophisticated Ladies with Maurice Hines (Arena Stage), Judgment of Fools and How To Raise a Freeman (Ammo). Karla is the Philanthropic Director of Ammunition Theatre Company, and co-founder of 1:1 Productions which champions women of color in front of and behind the camera.
Emme, Model & Advocate, @supermodelEmme
For over two decades as a leading voice and face in the fashion industry, Emme is the iconic and world-renowned supermodel. With the conviction that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, Emme has paved the way and given women a voice to feel beautiful and empowered. A TV personality, brand spokesperson, model, consultant, author, creative director of her EMME®, mebyEMME®, and TrueBeautybyEMME® clothing lines, cancer survivor, lecturer, former Revlon spokeswoman and globally recognized women’s advocate for positive body image and self esteem, Emme’s message is clear – to awaken the inner magnificence inherent in each of us, to be whole. She is the first model invited to speak before a Congressional subcommittee in Washington, D.C. with a mission to increase public awareness of eating and body image disorders. Emme founded Fashion Without Limits: Changing The Face of Fashion, in it’s 5th year with partner Syracuse University, an inclusive fashion design initiative, teaching future fashion designers how to design for all women size 0-24+. She also is collaborating with yoga legging brand sensation KDeer with a legging bearing the #EMME®stripe to benefit the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA). Emme has authored five books, “True Beauty”, “Life’s Little Emergencies”, co-author of Morning Has Broken and co-author of her children’s book “What Are You Hungry For? And in 2017 co-authored Chicken Soup For The Soul Curvy and Confident: 101 Stories of Loving Yourself and Your Body”.
Lauren Chan, Founder and CEO, Henning
Lauren Chan is a fashion personality who began her career as a plus-size model at Ford Models alongside change-makers like Ashley Graham, Candice Huffine, and fellow NEDA ambassador Iskra Lawrence. While modeling, Chan was also focused on a career in fashion journalism. At the time, her writing appeared in publications like the New York Times' T Magazine, Interview, and the international Vogues. Years later, Chan’s worlds merged when she became Glamour's fashion features editor, overseeing women's fashion coverage and personally owning the plus-size fashion beat. While at Glamour, Chan penned a monthly Style Your Size column, designed the Glamour x Lane Bryant clothing collection, guest lectured at NYU, FIT, and LIM, and appeared on Good Morning America and the Today Show. Since leaving the magazine, Chan works as an influencer for brands like Clinique, Aerie, and Nike, serves on the advisory board of the Model Alliance, and is the founder and CEO of her own clothing brand, called Henning. Follow along @lcchan at @henning.
Ragen Chastain, Speaker & Writer, @ragenchastain
Ragen Chastain is a speaker, writer, and thought leader in the fields of Body Image, Health at Every Size, Athletes at Every Size, Corporate Wellness, and Fat Activism. She is the author of the blog DanceswithFat.org, the book Fat: The Owner's Manual, editor of the Praeger Anthology "The Politics of Size," and co-founder of the Fit Fatties Forum and Fat Activism Conference. Ragen has set the stage on fire around the world including at Google Headquarters, Dartmouth, MEDA, and Cal Tech, and on screen in films including Fattitude, America the Beautiful 2, A Stage for Size, and the PBS Independent Lens film Ragen’s More Cabaret. She is an ACE Certified Health Coach and Functional Fitness Specialist, three-time National champion dancer, triathlete, and two-time marathoner who holds the Guinness World Record for Heaviest Woman to Complete a Marathon. She lives in Los Angeles with her partner and their two adorable dogs, and is training for her first (and only!) IRONMAN triathlon.
Gina Susanna, @nourishandeat
Gina is a writer, blogger, and Instagrammer whose work integrates mental health and eating disorders on the axes of body politics and self acceptance. Currently she runs the Instagram account @nourishandeat, providing inspirational and thought-challenging content, along with sharing her own personal journey. She is the creator of the hashtag #embracethesquish, a movement driven by the idea that our bodies in every form are worthy of love and respect. She believes in the power of authenticity and acceptance, working to make sure her followers know that perfection — in life and in recovery — doesn’t exist. Gina is a frequent speaker at various workshops, panels, retreats, and NEDA walks. She is also currently enrolled in graduate study to receive her Masters in Clinical Mental Health. You can find Gina on Instagram, Twitter, or somewhere under a blanket. With snacks.
Ryan Sheldon, @bingeeaterconfessions
A motivational speaker and brawn model, Ryan has been educating audiences about body image and binge eating disorder since his own diagnosis in 2015. Passionate about raising awareness of binge eating and body image issues as an Ambassador for the National Eating Disorders Association, he has shared his story with the Today Show, Huffington Post, and Teen Vogue, among other outlets. An LGBTQ+ man living in a larger body, Ryan also speaks to teens about masculinity, identity, and body confidence. He is currently working on a book about his and other men's experiences learning to eat mindfully and love themselves just as they are. You can find Ryan on Instagram at BingeEaterConfessions or at his blog MrConfessions.com.
Jenni Schaefer, Author and Speaker
When Jenni Schaefer was struggling with her own eating disorder, she made one very important phone call. The NEDA Helpline directed Jenni to professionals who would ultimately guide her to a complete recovery. Today, life has come full circle for Jenni, as she passionately advocates for NEDA across the country. She especially loves speaking (and singing!) at NEDA Walks. Known for her bestselling books, Life Without Ed, Almost Anorexic, and Goodbye Ed, Hello Me, Jenni has appeared on shows like “Today,” “Dr. Oz,” and “Dr. Phil,” as well as in publications ranging from Cosmopolitan to The New York Times. An internationally known speaker, Jenni is currently at work on a book about fighting through posttraumatic stress disorder, PTSD. Jenni lives in Austin, Texas, where she can often be found exploring the outdoors. For more information, visit JenniSchaefer.com.