Focus on acceptance and self love, and know that you too can achieve your dreams.

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

Natalie Laughlin Speaks at Athena Awards

Sondra Eoff received the 2008 Athena Award at the Tuesday afternoon ceremony, but said she wasn't the only deserving nominee.

"I'm overwhelmed. I'm only one among many people who deserve this award," she said.

Eoff didn't come with a prepared speech, but said she doesn't feel like she does anymore than anyone else.

Overcoming life's difficulties, gaining self acceptance and celebrating one's own uniqueness were the themes of the guest speaker's speech Tuesday afternoon at the 2008 Athena Awards given by top plus size model Natalie Laughlin.

"Express your own unique talents to help the healing of the world," Laughlin said.

 Laughlin engaged a room of almost 300 attendants including City Manager Richard Morton, ECISD superintendent Hector Mendez, UTPB president David Watts and Odessa College president Gregory Williams.

She offered the audience anecdotes of becoming the first top plus size model in her industry, how she got there and what she had to overcome before she met her goal.

In the hardest times, in the depths of despair, even there one can find peace and happiness, she said.

Laughlin struggled with bulimia and anorexia the majority of her young adult life before she lost her self in the abyss of self-image issues. It took her accepting her curvaceous and full figure before she started to make "the big bucks" landing five consecutive billboards in Times Square.

She said connectedness and reaching out helped her overcome her weight issues, and the bronze ATHENA award image displays that with arms reaching out to others.

"Our world and society is a better place because of what you do, so I appreciate you," Laughlin said to the nominees.

This award celebrates the full leadership potential of all women, master of ceremonies Tatum Hubbard said.

Eoff is the CEO and co-owner of a corporation that sells and services industrial, oilfield and municipal pumps. She is on the Odessa Chamber of Commerce Board, Permian Basin Area Foundation board and the Crystal Ball Foundation board.

And there's more. She was the 1998 American Cancer Society Volunteer of the year.

"Stay focused on the goal," Laughlin concluded. She said obstacles are mere distractions.

Source: OA Online


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