Raconteur and body positivity force to be reckoned with, Laura Roscioli is making modern journalism personable again. We read Laura’s frequent POPSUGAR musings with great gusto, devouring her commentary on everything from dressing with prowess to women’s health issues and personal op-eds with almighty authority.
Laura also happens to cast an Instagram presence of immense authenticity and spunk. She’s a proud curve model residing in Melbourne, going through the motions of the sixth lockdown of the pandemic. Here, we check in with Laura on what’s helping her to feel light during heavy times (hint: it involves fashion), how she started her journalistic career and what we’ll be reading from her next.
Raconteur and body positivity force to be reckoned with
Dressing in lockdown right now: how are you doing it? What will we see you in on a routine coffee run?
Okay, so I caught myself in the mirror one day and realised I’d worn the same jumper dress with no bra for three days straight, and I started to panic. I was worried that being in lockdown and in a long term relationship was making me care less about my outfits – something I take so seriously in everyday life. I wrote this article on POPSUGAR and decided that I’d make a little effort every day, whether it was just to put my hair up nicely or slap on some fun earrings. It’s made me feel so much better. So, right now, you’d probably see in some comfy high-waisted pants or a long silky skirt, with a cute cardi or jumper and some fun earrings.
Three things on your Harrolds wishlist?
Some Jacquemus fluffy mules, I’d love to try Tom Ford’s new fragrance Rose Prick and anything from Chistopher Esber’s new green silk arrivals. I love this amazing apple green that is in right now.
Tell us how you landed your role in editorial at POPSUGAR…
I started working at Val Morgan Digital at the beginning of this year on Thrillist (food and culture), but was helping out on POPSUGAR and The Latch as well. I naturally began writing pretty consistently for POP, because I can’t help but to write about love, relationships, sex, body positivity and all the highs and lows of young adult life, so they offered me a permanent role working across POPSUGAR. I absolutely love it.
What does writing and creating mean to you?
I mean, it’s everything, really. It challenges me to be creative every day and to see things in a fresh perspective, which is a real gift, especially during difficult times like right now. Being a creator and getting to express myself through writing genuinely makes me a happier person. I feel very grateful to do what I love every day.
How do you feel about your body image and sense of self now versus say five years ago?
It’s changed completely. I don’t look at my body and want to change anything, anymore. I’ve found that leaning into your naturality – whether that be your body shape, natural talents or creative pursuits – always leads you to success and finding your place. Having been signed to Chadwick last year as a plus-sized model and working in the industry during a time of immense change, has been such an eye-opening experience and it’s incredible to see diversity finally being celebrated.
An Australian designer you’re currently besotted with?
I’m loving some pieces from Song from the Mute recently, because they’re the perfect combination of edgy and artistic, while still being classic.
Link us to a pertinent piece you wrote recently…
I recently wrote a piece about a really important mentor in my life that helped shape my current career path and gave me the confidence to pursue something creative as a job. You can read it here.
And something you read recently that moved you…
I recently re-read the pieces that Ronan Farrow wrote in the New Yorker that sparked the #MeToo movement and exposed Harvey Weinstein. They were so moving, especially with a bit of time passed, because they’re so raw and honest and had no idea what would happen in their aftermath. It’s been an incredible few years for female empowerment and women in power in the years after those pieces and those pieces are a true representation of history changing its course. It was really emotional to revisit them.
Biggest accomplishment work-wise in the last year?
Wow, I don’t know! I think actually working in a job that allows me to write full-time is a big highlight. Also to be signed as a plus-sized model at one of the biggest agencies in Australia – that was a massive moment for me too.
And something you’re proud of recently doing off-duty?
I made a pear and dark choccie torte on the weekend which I was super proud of and very relieved that I can still bake. I’m also trying to write a novel, which I’ve done a bit of during lockdown and am proud of myself for finding the motivation to do so.
When borders open, where’s your non-negotiable first-stop destination?
The bar! I honestly can’t wait to down a martini and flirt with the nearest bartender.
Ultimate lockdown vice?
Trash TV. I don’t think I’ve ever watched so many reality shows.
What can we expect next from you, Laura?
Keep your eyes peeled for any juicy sex and relationship content coming up on POPSUGAR. We’ve got some exciting series coming out soon. Hopefully I’ll be on some Australian fashion billboards soon too, you never know…a gal can dream!