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This Asian Curve Model Is Out To Smash Some Stereotypes

Women??over a certain size are constantly having to shatter??stereotypes. But one stereotype in particular may not last much longer.

Natalie Nootenboom is a 16-year-old up-and-coming model and the niece of famous DJ??Steve Aoki. She looks up to him, she told Revelist, ?€?because he broke Asian normswith his music.?€?

She hopes to break Asian norms, too, in her new and bustling modeling career. Nootenboom is a??curve, or plus-size model???€? she just signed with the inclusive agency Muse ?€? and said she hopes to destroy the notion that all Asian women are ?€?petite, cute, and skinny.?€?

?€?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.?€?

Nootenboom told HuffPost that when it comes to creating a more diverse and inclusive Vamazing - Live amazing! industry, it?€?s careless to focus only on one thing.

?€?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.?€?

She credits her sister Yumi, who is also a plus-size model, with teaching her confidence, and says learning about self-love is responsible for the appreciation she has for her body. She cites Katie Willcox, a plus-size model and author of the book?€?Healthy is the New Skinny,?€???as an inspiration.

?€?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.

So far, Nootenboom has worked with??Charlotte Russe??and??Beyond Yoga,??with hints at??more to come.??Hear that? That?€?s the sound of a stereotype cracking.

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