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Natalie's Fans Say

Natalie's Fans Say...

Hooray to Natalie Laughlin! Her article was very inspiring, and she is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful models I have seen in Glamour, as well as one of the most realistic. Happiness must come from within oneself, and Natalie has found that. Natalie, you're the norm in today's society, not the exception, and you look great!
Karlie Radford
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburg, PA

Congratulations for including a little feature on "Plus" size model Natalie Laughlin! Plus size women can be just as beautiful. I love Glamour and I read regularly. I think it would be great if Glamour featured more plus size models.
Thelma Osborne
Southport, NC

Thanks for the article by Natalie Laughlin in your January issue. Have your considered a regular feature with "larger" size models? I loved the article and the clothes pictured because I could wear some of the clothes modeled and because I could relate to so much of what Natalie was saying.
Cathy Lynch

Please include Natalie in more of your layouts. I think it is very important for all women to be included as part of what is considered attractive and desirable, particularly in the fashion industry.
Susan Saunders
Brooklyn, NY

I would like to thank yu for your article "My Body, My Self" in the January issue. Natalie is an absolutely beautiful woman.
Maria M. Uhlenhop
Carmicheal, CA

Like Natalie Laughlin ("My Body, My Self" / Glamour 1/95), I had to battle with my weight and what I considered a weight problem my entire life. thank you for showing another example of someone with a positive body image.
Delia Blacker
Mineola, NY

IT'S ABOUT TIME!!! Referring to "My Body, My Self" page 162, Glamour, January 1995.
Los Angeles, CA

Thanks for the article by Natalie Laughlin. Feature more models of realistic size as a regular part of your magazinw that our readers can appreciate and relate to.
Joan Barrett
New Jersey

Natalie Laughlin ("large-size" model) -- more common is the not-quite-perfect woman, or at least, not quite perfect in society's eyes. Once it is no longer a bid deal for someone like Natalie Laughlin to be in Glamour (who, to me, looks healthy, not heavy!), then women can start to feel good about themselves, no matter what size they are. And only then will women stop killing themselves (literally!) to meet a standard of beauty that, for some, is unrealistic.
Jennifer S. Levine
Wesleyan University
Middletown, CT

Natalie in the Media

My Body, My Self

I grew up in Trinidad a plump child. I was always the last one to be chosen for any team. Because of my weight, I overcompensated in other parts of my life. I was the best little girl, I did all my chores, I was a straight-A student.

When I was eight, our family doctor prescribed diet pills for me. After I fainted in choir practice, my mother stopped the pills and enrolled me in a Weight Watchers youth program. From then on and into my teens, I tried all kinds of diets -- liquid diets, diets where I'd only eat one type of food. My parents knew that I was always struggling to lose weight, and I got a lot of reinforcement. I began to associate being thin with doing well.

In my teens, I started working out -- mainly running -- and I lost a lot of weight. To my family and friends this was a major accomplishment. What I didn't tell them was that I also wasn't eating. I would fast for two days at a time. When you're that young, you're not thinking about what you're doing to your body, you just want to look good and be accepted.

During my first year of college, I joined Overeaters Anonymous. I discovered my emotional connection to food: that I would eat whenever I felt fearful. Because I thought I had to be perfect all the time, I had been pushing down my feelings with food.

Overeaters Anonymous also helped me to focus on my spirituality -- my inner self. I began to realize that my focus shouldn't be on my body, but on finding out who Natalie is on the inside. I haven't reached a point where everything is "fixed" -- working on yourself is a constant process -- but I've gained more inner peace.

Now, when I work out, it's not about losing weight -- gotta see those bones, gotta flatten that stomach, it's about feeling better, feeling my own strength. I no longer base my worth on what my body looks like. I'm making peace with it. And I think when you make peace with your body, it looks better to you and to other people.

So what do I wear on this body now? Anything I want! I don't restrict myself to certain styles and colors. The other night, I wore a black velvet turtleneck bodysuit with a formfitting sarong skirt; but I'm just as likely to wear red chiffon. One of my favorite sweaters is a fluffy angora pullover, cropped at the waist. And just because you don't have think legs doesn't mean you can't wear short skirts -- with opaque pantyhose, they look great!

"My body seems more like a part of me now. Not an enemy, but a work in progress."

Source: Glamour; January 1995; Natalie Laughlin


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