It's been far too long since we've heard news of Charlotte Coyle
, who stunned the plus-size world with her size-18 curves, her Torrid campaign, her prime-time British television program, etc.
A new article just appeared today in the Belfast Telegraph
about Charlotte's modelling career and her current locale, which is Derry in Northern Ireland (her home town).
The cover page of the Telegraph
promotes the feature on Charlotte . . .
. . . while the article itself appears on the front page of the newspaper's "Life" section:
The full text also appears on the Telegraph Web site:
Note the references to Charlotte's fair tresses and classical beauty:
Plus-size model Derry model Charlotte Coyle says that beauty comes in all shapes & sizes[/B]
Charlotte Coyle, who is back in her native Londonderry after a highly successful career in the US and UK, tells Stephanie Bell why being healthy not thin should be the next big thing
10 April 2014
Even if she wasn't classically beautiful with her long blonde hair and eyes of green, Charlotte Coyle would captivate on personality alone. Happiness radiates from her as she speaks, and she exudes an alluring self-confidence so that you can't imagine anyone more comfortable in their own skin.
But it wasn't always that way for the successful plus-size model.
Throughout her teens, Charlotte suffered from low self-esteem, and says she loathed her body because she was bigger than other girls.
She battled with her weight for years, hating what she saw in the mirror and yearning to be thin.
Still a sassy, sexy size 18, she now not only embraces her curves, but celebrates her size and beauty. In what she describes as her "journey" to self-acceptance, she has emerged as a modern-day role model for women and young girls.
Now 31, Charlotte has just returned to her native Londonderry after almost a decade as a top model in the US and UK.
In an industry where being thin is prized, Charlotte stood out because of her size and was in great demand for fashion photo shoots.
She was signed up by the Wilhelmina Agency in New York and became the face of one of America's most trendy plus size fashion labels, appearing in magazines and on billboards across the country.
During a brief spell in the UK in her mid-20s, she worked for a London-based model agency and appeared on a number of top TV shows, as well as making her own documentary for Channel Four.
Originally an art student, she was drawn to the creative side of the profession and four years ago retrained in New York as a make-up artist working on the other side of the camera.
Homesickness and a weariness with the fast pace of New York life brought her back to Derry last year, and she is now combining modelling with her career in make-up artistry in Northern Ireland.
It has been a fascinating journey and, as she tells it, it's hard to reconcile the cheerful, self-assured woman
How wonderful to learn that Charlotte will continue pursuing modelling in her native land. She is currently represented by Irish agency CMPR (linked below).
We look forward to seeing more of her modelling work in the British Isles.
- Charlotte Coyle at CMPR