W magazine called her one of “…the brightest stars..”, and The Wall Street Journal says “people in the industry say the brown-eyed, 5-foot-9 model, size 12-to-14, is at the top of her game.”Natalie Laughlin is a woman of firsts. She is the first plus size model to have five consecutive billboards in Times Square, a fashion spread and story in the pages of Glamour and a contract with a web site, Onlyreal.com – and in doing so, she is not only at the top of her career but in the process has paved the way for other plus-size models and equally important, has been a spokeswoman and role model for women of all sizes.In January 2003, Natalie was featured on the cover of Grace Magazine, as well as appearing in the premiere issue shot by Joyce Tenneson. She was featured as the image and the philosophy of the new magazine. In April 2002 she was given a special recognition award by The Academy of Eating Disorders for ‘forging new paths for women’. Her accomplishments and experience in the plus industry is far reaching –She carries a very strong and empowering message with her speaking engagements, on television and in the print media, as well as through her popular web site- NatalieLaughlin.com currently receiving over 100,000 hits a month.Born in Trinidad of English and French ancestry she immigrated with her family to Miami in her teens. She later moved to New York City to study acting at New York University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting.Natalie’s modeling career began with Ford models in Miami’s booming South Beach section-The European and American clients discovered her and hired her continually for editorial and catalogue jobs. She became known throughout Miami and nick named the “Cindy Crawford of plus sizes”. With this new success, she began to travel internationally, working in every Global fashion market.Glamour Magazine chose Natalie to be featured in an unprecedented fashion spread and an article with her personal story in the January, 1995 issue. With the advent of the Glamour article, Natalie’s career skyrocketed and she has dominated the Plus Advertising World since then.She once again created a sensation, changing the world with her revolutionary Mode magazine cover; appearing as large as life on the backs of buses and phone booths all over New York City.Natalie has the distinction of being the only plus model to have Five Consecutive Billboards in Times Square as Liz Claiborne’s, ‘Elizabeth’ Girl.She is the only plus size model to garner a contract with a web site as official spokes woman and fashion director for Onlyreal.com, Natalie brings her winning attitude and unsinkable spirit to the Natalie channel, where she writes monthly features and answers questions in “Ask Natalie”, sharing her expertise in matters of life and style.Natalie has now ventured into the world of Television, recognized as the quintessential woman of the twenty first century, as a guest on shows such as: E Entertainment, MSNBC, Extra, New Attitudes (Lifetime television), Fox News, Pure Oxygen and She Commerce (Oxygen), and Today in America, etc.Natalie’s modern, yet tangible look has helped her achieve incredible success in the modeling industry and advance the concept of “style as a size less community”. This size 12/14 Ford model’s mission is to impact the world of fashion by furthering the notion that every woman’s dream body is, in fact, the one that is perfect for her.Natalie feels that her success is not only the result of hard work and persistence but the spiritual belief that, “if you give of yourself to help the healing of the world in return you will receive the gifts you deserve.” She has also learned that it is important to, “Create a grand vision for your life, and know that in self love, as you reach for your highest possibilities there are no limits.”Contact a speaker booking agent to check availability on Natalie Laughlin and other top speakers and celebrities.