Natalya Wright has a body most of us can only dream of, a bone structure that could launch a thousand fashion campaigns, and is on the verge of breaking into the modeling industry in a big way.
Her older brother is Mr. Essex himself, Mark Wright, who's currently breaking into Hollywood with a presenting gig on Extra, but Natalya isn’t riding off her family’s fortunes on TOWIE. Instead, the 17-year-old wants to cut her own path to Angel status and beyond, with one hardcore workout at the gym at a time. Meet the unconventional Essex girl who isn’t about, “a full face of makeup and a big bouncy blow dry..."
“Essex style is a bit of a gimmick now with all the fake tans and the massive eyelashes. I think as soon as you say you are from Essex people look out for those things so I wouldn’t say I relate to that style at all. I think I am different from other models because of where I come from. Where I live and my lifestyle is quite different from other models. My fashion style is very different to where I am from but when I meet other models they do seem quite different to me.”
“I want to emulate the career of the Victoria's Secret Angels. I love Kendall but I reckon it’s quite hard. It must be so hard for those girls because they were brought into the limelight at such a young age and now they are the most famous family in America. They haven’t had a normal life, they haven’t had normal schooling or even a normal prom. They must find it hard when they just want to be normal for a day.”
“I have always tried to keep out of what my family does on TV. I have never wanted to be a reality star or be on TOWIE – I want to make a name for myself in modelling not as a reality star. My parents have never forced me to do anything or stopped me from doing anything. I have been asked to go on TOWIE so many times but I just don’t want to. My Mum has never said, ‘you can’t,’ or ‘you have to,’ she’s just said to me, ‘do what you want to do.’ I just love modeling.”
“The best piece of advice Mark has given me is to never get big headed. And also to never think you are more than what you are and be a diva. Most of all he’s taught me to take it as it comes.”
“My life changed a lot when I signed with Select Models but above all it’s changed my style. There’s normal fashion and there is model fashion, so I have tried to change my style to fit with me being a model. Whenever I go to castings you see so many different styles and you get so much inspiration so I have taken that on board as I've progressed. My make-up has changed, too, along with my hair – now I opt for more natural make up. I go to my castings with straight hair, parted in the middle, nothing too flashy or OTT – that is how I am seen as a model. So if I go to an event now I opt for that instead of a bouncy blow dry and a full face of make up. My outfits are much classier and longer now as I am not looking up to the older girls I know in Essex now, I am looking at how other models dress and their style. I cringe over so many of my old looks so I am so glad I have changed!”
“Since I became a model I've stopped worrying about what everyone else thinks. I have so much more confidence in myself because I have stopped listening to negative comments. I used to be quite shy and keep my head down so if I were walking around with my sister, Jess, I would be the shy one. But now I have stopped doing that because I don’t care what people think and they probably don’t care any way. My confidence is the biggest change for sure.”
Natalya Wright is signed to Select Model Management