Together we can change the perception of beauty to one that includes us all.

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

Plus is More

Though the image of the sylphlike fashion model is burned into America's psyche, Natalie Laughlin is on a mission to change all this. One of Plus Models' most familiar faces -- spotlighted in everything from Macy's spreads to steamy German Max editorials -- she touched a nerve in American womanhood with an article in the January 1995 issue of Glamour.

Titled "My Body, My Self," it described her teen-age battles with ceeping weight and the psychological torture of not quite matching the ultraslender forms of print and film beautires: "I would fast for two days at a time. When you're young, you just want to look good and be accepted."

A native of Trinidad who grew up in Miami, Natalie began modeling when a friend suggested she investigate the plus-size aspect of the industry. Soon, she was with Ford's, who pitched her as an "exotic" type for the Latin American market. She later joined the burgoning Plus agency.

Her triumphant Glamour piece received on of the magazine's highest reader-approved ratings ever recorded. The chord, Natalie says, was struck: "Young girls today need to know that the're not abnormal if they are not 5'9" and 120 pounds. There's space in the world for a different type of human beauty."

Indeed, the plus-size modeling business continues to grow and top designers from Donna Karan to Givenchy are now creating larger (if largely unpublicized) lines. Meanwhile, Natalie -- popularly known as the Cindy Crawford of plus sizes -- is at the vanguard of this movement, speaking out and penning articles for such journals as London's You're Extra Special. "I've been given a chance to create a new representation of fashion," she says, "And I've finally come to terms with the fact that I'll never be as skinny as Kate Moss."

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