Natalie Nootenboom
Natalie Nootenboom

Natalie Nootenboom

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From model to metal performer, Natalie does it all and won’t let society’s expectations put her in a box. Yes, you read that right—Natalie is not only disrupting the fashion world, she’s also breaking down barriers as metal artist, Godesty. Wise beyond her years, Natalie credits her tight-knit, Asian-American family (her uncle is Steve Aoki!) and music as the things that have kept her grounded and true to herself amidst an industry that can sometimes prove lonely. A body advocate on and off the runway—she was the first curve model to walk at NYFW for Anna Sui—she uses her platform to promote self-love and acceptance. Diversity has never looked more beautiful.

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When you live within yourself and you’re at peace with everything inside you, that’s when you’re the strongest and the most glowing.

 
   

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When I’m performing I’m thinking about the emotions I want to convey to my audience.

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You’re wasting time if you’re trying to be like everybody else.

For more, follow Natalie on Instagram.