Ah Natalie! We love the pint-sized soprano for her superb acting skills, her boundless energy, and her selfless dedication to the art. We also love her for her frankness, even when it borders on offending her fans (and let's face it, her fan base). This sassy, svelte sprite goes on the record -- in a recent interview with Amanda White for Classical Singer Magazine -- as a, uh, fattie-hater.
I would add something very important. Especially here in the States, I see a lot of people overweight. And I think they should correct that. Because you have to make people dream. You know what I mean? So, that doesn’t mean you have to be a cover girl or a model to succeed. But it’s important to be in great shape. And I don’t think that if you’re overweight you can be in great shape for a long time. And also on stage, it’s horrible.
To move around?
Yes, and for the costumes, for everything. So it’s important not to be like that. Everybody has a right to be on stage, and it’s not a question of talent, or anything like that. But at least be careful about that. And when you’re overweight, and you know you’re overweight, you should be on a diet. And you should [exercise] in order to be healthy.
And you think that if somebody loses weight in a healthy way, it shouldn’t affect their voice?
No, you have to take your time. If you’re really overweight, it’s a disease; it’s something else. You know, sometimes you can’t get rid of the disease, [and] that’s something else. But if it’s just because you eat too much, and not correctly . . . you have to be careful. That’s all..