From our brothers at Maxim Australia, meet Newcastle native Natalie Roser.
The beguiling Australian-born beauty recently wrapped up a sultry shoot for her spot in Maxim Australia's October 2016 cover in a desert around L.A. Check her out in the gallery above.
Aside from modeling work, Roser's also keeping busy with the launch of her own designer brand, Roser the Label. Get the inside scoop on her blooming business and more intimate details about her latest pursuits in this exclusive interview with Maxim Australia below.
Hey Natalie, congrats on your Maxim cover. How do you feel?
Amazing! It’s so exciting to grace the cover of Maxim, and I’m honored to join the list of women who have featured before me. Thank you!
Our pleasure! Tell us about the shoot.
I was passing through Los Angeles on my way to New York, and thought it would be an amazing experience to shoot out in the L.A. desert areas like Joshua Tree National Park. I knew that Bonnie [the photographer] was in town too, so everything just fell into place. We decided to hire a vintage car and channel my inner Megan Fox from Transformers by attending to a broken-down car in the middle of the desert. Little did we know that the car would actually breakdown on our way to the location, which made for a great real-life situational shoot!
How many offers of help did you receive from passers-by?
Surprisingly, none! No help was offered other than the tow truck driver who was patrolling that part of town. It must have looked like I had it under control. At least I’ve actually now learned how to fill up an old Cadillac with gas.
What goes through your mind while posing for a shoot like this?
Usually I’m focusing on holding my body right and not squinting too much in the sun. The best thing about shooting with a team you trust is that you don’t really have anything to worry about—if I’m doing something strange with my body or outfit, or my face isn’t looking right, they’ll just tell you.
Well, you look gorgeous. When do you feel at your sexiest?
When I get to feel like myself in a dress that I love. In my line of work I’m often wearing clothes I don’t like or having my hair and make-up done in a way I feel doesn’t suit me, so it’s nice when I have control over what I look like.
What is your best asset?
Physically, probably my smile because I like the way I can make other people smile by showing my cheesy grin. And my positivity is a nice asset, too.
You’ve walked many a catwalk at some of the biggest fashion events around the world. What actually goes on backstage at these shows?
It’s funny because outsiders in the industry think it’s super glamorous back there when in reality it can be quite the opposite at times. If overseas, the lack of wi-fi is a killer and the frantic running around can be a little overwhelming. Apart from that, it’s all a part of the job.
The media have commented on your healthy body, which strays from the waif-model look. What’s your view on body image within the modeling industry?
The industry is changing. Slowly, but you can see it. Not all cities and countries are embracing the change, and a lot of the old-school modeling agencies are resisting it, but I’m finding more and more clients are choosing stronger, fuller-looking figures for their campaigns. I work hard on my body so any job I get is like a reward for my hard work. I love that many other models are taking care of their bodies and work on their strength and toning up. Being fit and healthy makes life so much better.
You’ve been modeling since you were 13. What would you be doing if you weren’t modeling?
I’d be using my visual communication degree and working as a photographer. Before my modeling really took off, I was shooting every day. I loved it. I was lucky enough to work with some amazing brands and models, but eventually I had to decide between photography and modeling—I just couldn’t fit them both in. On the rare occasion I still pick up the camera and take some shots, though.
Speaking of taking photos, you have over 600,000 followers on social media. How do you keep us coming back for more?
I feel very lucky I have that many people wanting to see what I’m up too. I like to keep my content real and I like that it shows what I’m doing on a day-to-day basis. It’s like a photo blog of my life.
You’ve no doubt heard some scary and funny pick-up lines over the years. What’s the worst you’ve ever heard?
I got one in New York recently which is still making me giggle. A young man stopped me in the street and asked if I knew where he could find an organic smile. I hadn’t been in the U.S. for long so I looked a bit dumbstruck as I tried to think about any cafes I’d seen called "organic smile" to try and help him. He then went on to say, “It’s usually found between the nose and the chin”, while I stood there with a very confused look on my face. It has been one of the more unique pick-up lines I’ve ever heard.
If you had to take Maxim on a date, what would it entail?
We’d probably end up eating pizza on a beach somewhere—simple, but it’s hard to beat.
You had us at “pizza”. What have you learned about men over the years?
Food is a great reward for good behavior. Haha…
What’s one thing men should always know about women?
Don’t tell us to calm down. It’s just never really a good idea.
You’ve been to some cool VIP parties here and abroad. What’s the best party you’ve been to?
This year I was able to go to my first Coachella and my favorite part of the week was a party hosted by Brody Jenner. It wasn’t overcrowded, there was great music and they had fresh coconuts with added vodka around a pool. It was a great way to kick-off a night at Coachella.
What’s been your craziest night out?
A long night in New York which ended with a bunch of us being at this underground bar which only contained an old piano and the patrons were all Broadway singers who were belting out classic songs until 4am. I grew up with 1pm lockouts and no alcohol shots in clubs and bars in Newcastle, New South Wales, so any night out in a regular club or bar is crazy for me.