Natalie Noel says her debut in “Sports Illustrated Swim” was empowering. (Photo: James Macari /Sports Illustrated)
Natalie Noel shocked friends, family and her over 4 million Instagram followers when she made her debut as the first Sports Illustrated Swimsuit rookie for 2021. But even after being praised for making it “big time” with her inclusion in the iconic magazine, the influencer and entrepreneur — whose real name is Natalie Mariduena — tells Yahoo Life that she’ll always just be the girl next door.
“I think it’s so important, especially in this world of entertainment and social media, to just be yourself. I don’t know who else to be, so I feel like I’ve just unintentionally been myself and not tried to be anything more or less than that. And I think that’s what works,” the 24-year-old explains of her platform. “I’m just kind of like that everyday girl that people can relate to. And I love that. That’s just who I am and I feel like I’m really good at being the…
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