“Praise the curves. The shadows. The strength. The skin. The body. Praise for proud women,” reads the card on model Natalie Roser’s website, SERIES. It’s for members only, but one look at her inviting smile and sun-kissed curves and you’ll know that whatever a subscription costs, it’s worth it.

“I really love shooting nude. I don’t see shame in it if it’s created for the purpose of self-empowerment. I love seeing my body looking its best. I think there’s something timeless about nude art,” Natalie defends pictures the Daily Mail has called “raunchy.” “It’s not smutty, it’s really classy. It’s photos that I’m super proud of, it’s artwork I would frame in my house. It’s just that my nipples are exposed.

Not only does she find gratification in sharing her art with fans, she’s pretty sure they’re gratified, too. “They understand it’s not smutty, it’s art, and they appreciate it in a really nice way,” she says with a nod, then smiles devilishly. “And if they’re enjoying it for other reasons, that’s fine too, that’s their prerogative.”

If you’re not a paying subscriber, take a look at Natalie’s Instagram page, @natalie_roser (1.4 million followers and counting), and you’ll see enough to know she’s perfect, you wouldn’t change a thing. But she would, and she did, last July when she had spinal surgery to correct curvature due to scoliosis.

Her recovery has challenged her in ways she didn’t expect. A natural athlete, she was up to the physical demands, but that wasn’t the problem. “It’s a lot more of a mental challenge,” she grimaces. “Not being able to pick things up or work out the way I’m used to, that’s quite frustrating. I’m learning a lot of patience.”

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The Australian-born beauty has been making her living in front of the camera for as long as she can remember, beginning her modeling career at the ripe old age of 13 in her native Newcastle in New South Wales, a half-hour drive from the beach. At the time, her mother secretly sent a photo of her to a magazine model search. Unbeknownst to Natalie, she was chosen to meet with agents at a mall in Sydney a few hours away.