This month Curvy Couture recognizes Anastasia Furrow as Curvy Girl June. My name is Anastasia and I'm a plus sized model signed with Niya Model Management in Salt Lake City, Utah. Growing up, I've always been fascinated with fashion, modeling, and beauty. I would draw outfits and fantasize about bringing my creations to life and modeling them. However, at only 5'4 and NOT a size 0, those dreams were always shut down.I LOVE MAKING OTHER WOMEN FEEL BEAUTIFUL IN THEIR OWN SKIN I was always told, "You could model if you lost weight and were taller." After years of dieting, self shaming, and emotional darkness and with no physical results, I decided to choose another path. That path was love. I decided it was time to change my mind rather than my physical appearance. The moment I started to love myself and give thanks for what I already had within my life was the moment the universe started to give in return. I was signed to an agency in my city who celebrates who I am! I never lost that weight or grew those inches! I also found a local Modern Plus Boutique called Buxom, in my city who gave me a chance to not only be their model, but hire me as a full time employee. This was life changing. I had worked at a very cushy corporate job for a little over 5 years! I decided to leave the corporate world for the roller coaster of a trip that fashion and retail is because I love the feeling of making other women feel beautiful in their own skin. Having a customer come in feeling doubtful about fitting into anything, and then finding an entire wardrobe brings so much joy to me. One customer recently expressed gratitude towards the boutique at me saying she had just lost her sister a few months ago and has been in a really depressed state and has gained a lot of weight quickly. Her therapist is right up the road from us and that is how she found our store. Because of the recent weight gain she has been feeling very uncomfortable about going out in public and shopping in general. She told me she's so grateful we're here because she can shop in our store with confidence knowing everything in the store will fit her and that she feels so accepted by us. This literally brought me to tears. It’s these kinds of moments I live for. Over all, I work in this industry, and I model, because I want to inspire others. I want to show others that it’s not only ok to love yourself, but it’s NECESSARY! Physical health follows mental health. - Anastasia Furrow Check out Anastasia in the Latest Issue of Skorch Mag, or at Niya Model Management!