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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

The Next Big Thing

A new generation of plus-size models is sending the message: Fat isn't just fun, it's sexy, too. Size matters.

In Reston, Virginia, big girls are singing. A choir of plus-size angels, sizes 10 and up, are belting out gospel songs with big-girl voices. Over 500 of them have gathered for a plus-size model showcase. If they're lucky they'll get invitations from modeling agencies that might well transform their lives. They could become real models. Just like thin girls.

The signing was not planned. These big girls didn't ask anybody's permission to come up onto the models' runway and sing their gospel songs. They simply charged the stage. And once they took possession of it they became immovable. Now a dozen of them are standing up there on the silly models' plan, belting out church songs. And the audience, some 500 big people, stand and clap and sing along.

"His eye is on the sparrow," they sing, "so I know He watches me." Plus people are dancing in the aisles. "We've come this far by faith," they wail. "Yes, we've come this far by faith. Oh, we've come this far by faith."

The showcase has turned into a revival meeting, and these big girls are preaching the gospel. Bit is good. Big is beautiful. Big is proud. Big is healthy. Big is happy just to b e here, to be included, finally to find a place in the big spotlight.

The model showcase was produced by an organization called New York Model Contracts, a company that up until this year trafficked only in standard-issue beanpole models.

In February its 12 full-time scouts, who visit 350 cities a year, started scouting for plus-size models, too. From a business standpoint, they had no choice. "This is dollar-driven," says Linda Bennett, founder and copresident of NYMC. "The buzz started two years ago. The top designers never went over size 10. Lix Claiborne was the first, starting with a line called Elisabeth in 1989. Then Donna Karan created a separate full-figure line. Lane Bryant did a lingerie show on the Web last February to rival Victoria's Secret. Everybody wanted to see full-figured women in lingerie."

Now there are more than 2,000 designers designing for full figures and between 300 and 400 full-time full-figured models working today. They are all trying to emulate the success of Emme, the first plus-size supermodel, who broke out in 1994 as one of People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People." (Now Emme gets paid around $20,000 a shoot and hosts Fashion Emergency of E! Entertainment Television.)

To that end, NYMC holds open calls in cities all over the country. They interview all comers, then invite some to a model showcase. Girls who accept the invitation pay a registration fee of about $450, plus the cost of transportation and two nights in a hotel. Unless they camp out, which some have done. What are plus scouts looking for? big girls with broad shoulders and wide hips who look like they work out, who are toned. Of course, they also look for bouncing hair, good skin, white teeth, and bright eyes. The perfect size: 14.

Source: Talk; May 1991; Aaron Latham


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