Laura Cottingham’s La Lueur Naturelle Challenge 1

Laura Cottingham’s La Lueur Naturelle Challenge 1

Enthusiastic applause erupts as I stride into view. Following my entrance a host of gorgeous women of all races proceeds. Armed with our natural magnificence, we strike a pose in order to combat THE standard of beauty. This is MY dream gig. I want to produce a fashion show that celebrates international representations of beauty. To have both the young and old from Romania to Tanzania strut their stuff with their natural flavor would be a dream come true, thus allowing a greater appreciation of God’s creation rather than a one dimensional perversion of true beauty: To acknowledge splendor in all its forms, shattering the “standard” of beauty and embracing the diversity and brilliance of all in our global community.

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What is your dream gig?
Enthusiastic applause erupts as I stride into view. Following my entrance a host of gorgeous women of all races proceeds. Armed with our natural magnificence, we strike a pose in order to combat THE standard of beauty. This is MY dream gig. I want to produce a fashion show that celebrates international representations of beauty. To have both the young and old from Romania to Tanzania strut their stuff with their natural flavor would be a dream come true, thus allowing a greater appreciation of God’s creation rather than a one dimensional perversion of true beauty: To acknowledge splendor in all its forms, shattering the “standard” of beauty and embracing the diversity and brilliance of all in our global community.

Why do you think you are right for the job?
I would be a perfect fit for this job because I can see beauty outside of the norm. Unfortunately, the world of high fashion and modeling often praises the synthetic and emaciated; my ideas and presence will remind others of God’s wonderful craftsmanship, which He has accomplished in each of us. Even perceived physical flaws or strange customs can be transformed into the eye-catching and imaginative details that inspires individuality.

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What makes you special compared to the other models & why should they hire you?
The irresistible quality that I bring to the table is from the beauty that I have on the inside. My love and passion for Jesus Christ gives me the drive to keep going when I am faced with adverse outcomes and situations. I am a strong, natural woman and I know how to work it! Or as my sister always says, “Cottingham girls have to have more bounce to the ounce!”

What do you want people to know about you?
I want people to know that I am a child of God. I love Him with my whole mind, soul and being. I want those who see and read this to be encouraged and find the courage to live life without the rules that society places on us. I want to challenge and inspire those around me to live freely enjoying what you have been blessed with and reaching for what is unknown and seemingly impossible. Essentially, what I want people to know about me is that I embrace the beauty that God has given me and each day I learn to love who I am because He first loved me.

Which one of the pictures is your best shot and why?
My best shot is of “Effréné” I feel that it encapsulates my personality. I am strong, professional, graceful, bright, soft, unique and lovely.

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