Weight-y women have always been at the receiving end of fat-shaming jokes and comments. But with more people slamming the fat-shaming and people like Natalie Noontenboom joining the fashion scenario, this stereotype might soon be a passé.
Who Natalie, you ask? Well, Natalie Noontenboom is a 16-year-old model who is entering the fashion scenes and breaking the slender-bodies-only stereotype.
Natalie is a plus-size model and recently signed up with an inclusive agency Muse. She not only hopes to break the typecast of a curvy body, but also of having more Asian women in the fashion industry. The common myth of Asian women being “petite, cute, and skinny,” is sure to get packing off.
“The norm for Asian girls is to be, you know, petite, cute, and skinny,” she told Revelist. “But growing up, I kind of was taller, bigger, more awkward. I was the opposite of what people expected me to be, and so I really want to use my platform to say, you know what? We’re all different. We can’t build a mold and expect people to all fit that mold,” Natalie said.
Natalie is also the niece of celebrated DJ Steve Aoki. While talking to the Revelist, she said she looks up to him “because he broke Asian norms with his music.”
In an interview with the HuffPost, she said, “You can’t talk about diversity without addressing different kinds,” she said, “Diversity is going beyond ethnicity and size. The more I am able to showcase that in the industry, I will.”
Seems like this one is sure to make fashion industry more diverse and inclusive.
Natalie also credits her sister Yumi for giving her the confidence to enter the fashion world and taught her self-love. Yumi, too, is a plus-size model and is a preacher of appreciate-your-body mantra.
Natalie mentions that her idol is Katie Willcox, another curvy model, and author of the book “Healthy is the New Skinny.”
“If you’re trying your best and you’re chasing health, and your body is your body, and it looks different, there’s no reason to hate it or try to conform it to a fake beauty ideal,” she told Billboard earlier this month.
Noontenboom has, by now, worked with the likes of Charlotte Russe and Beyond Yoga and if rumors are to be believed, there are much more noted names in her kitty.
Heard that? The sound of stereotype crack?
Information source: huffingtonpost
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