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Meet Natoshia Haley

Today we’d like to introduce you to Natoshia Haley. 

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
In 2016 I started my modeling journey with runway! I had no idea there was a network for plus models and events on Ohio and once I secured a spot in the show, the rest is history! I met an insane amount of women from different walls of life wanting to embody who they were and unapologetically flip off the fashion industry with representation of fat bodies! #curvetherunway I did this along with print modeling for about 5yrs! I have modeled in NY Fashion Week, been published in The Curvy Con Newsletter, and built a platform that empowers and supports the positivity of body imagery. 

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Being a women of size in an industry that loudly and publicly does not include you is definitely tough! The road has been very trying. Living in an era of social media, you constantly are trolled, see images that you compare yourself to, and get closed doors due to weight or size. It can take a shot at your mental health and make you question your chosen path. Plus size models are underrated, underpaid, and most of all last chosen. 

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
After I set my ground and realized I was enough all by myself, I made it my goal to change people’s perspectives on women of size in taboo places, empowering women, and assuring I embraced realness in who I am and my journey. I not only am known for my plus boudoir modeling but also model coaching/hype women skills on set! I make it my mission to assure women feel and look their very best on and off the set! I also give tips and tricks to up-and-coming plus models and assist them in the start of their portfolio building as well as networking. 

Being proud isn’t my thing, but I will say this…I am fulfilling my purpose by creating representation and encouraging women to love themselves beyond what they see in a mirror. Showing them that they too are valuable just how they are and normalizing beauty standards in this industry. Women around the world have compared themselves to unrealistic images for far too long! It’s time to see real bodies in spaces of fashion! 

My drive, poise, realness, and loyalty set me apart from others! I stand by what I represent and make is my mission to be my authentic self! 

Is there anyone you’d like to thank or give credit to?
I would be here all day if I named all my support team! I, however would love to shout out my whole Curve The Runway Family! It started there! It sparked my love for it and gave me a sisterhood that still supports me today! I would love to shout out all my supporters! All my followers & clients! You keep me pushing on my worst days and remind me of whole I am when I need poured into! 

Shout out to 33 West Studio who has been my mentor and team for 2yrs!!! We have grown mentally and professionally together, and she believed in my work and made it a mission to make me the best version of myself! 

Sending love to my wife, Yvonne, life has been CRAZY, but you never fails to support me, be an assistant, come to my shoots and shows, and submitted my first casting call video when I was too scared to myself! Thank you for providing an unconditional love and friendship. 

Last but not least my bestie Shawnett! Thank you for choosing to be best friends with the fat white girl in 7th grade who was struggling with herself image and showing me fashion! Thank you for teaching me how to dress my body and self-care! You never judged me, and you refused to let me think I was anything less than a bad bitch you were best friends with and made it your mission to show me plus fashion… 25yrs later we the illest! 

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Image Credits

33 West Studios
Bumblebee Photography
Wild Intimates
X Allie Hannah
Williams Model
Mindset with Blu The Model
Wurmwood Photography

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