In a matter of months, Natalie Martinez went from walking high school hallways to walking the catwalk as the new face of J. Lo's clothing line.
Natalie's career as a model started at 15 when she took some composite pictures and shot a TJ Maxx commercial, and around the same time she appeared on a Univision segment about the family's Miami-based unisex barbershop, Papa and Daughters. But [Natalie's mother] Odalys [Nunez] noticed that Natalie was turning heads at a young age. "She was always posing in pictures like she was a sexy model with her hands on her side,â€ says Odalys. "I've never heard that before today,â€ her daughter jokingly responds. In an industry filled with ballooned heads, egos and silicone, Natalie maintains her grounded, â€˜round-the-way girl charm.
KING: What does your boyfriend think of you becoming a model? Was he hatin'?
NATALIE: He's very supportive. My boyfriend was telling me, "Be yourself, show your attitude, give your assets, like, both ways and dance when the music's on.â€ I did exactly that, which worked well, because look where I am now.
What type of qualities do you like in a man?
I like the real thing. I don't like superficial and materialistic. I like humble, honest, the basics. Physically, this part of the arm [points to biceps]. I like a person's inside more than [physical things] though. I'm more turned on by a person's sense of humor and if they have the right attitude.