I feel myself very identified with your story, @Tad. It happened to me also at 20 when I discovered mags with fat women.Back in the pre-internet days when I was growing up, for years I thought there was something broken in my because I had no interest in Playboy, Penthouse, etc. Finally one day when I was about 20 I went into a place that was a bit like a comic book shop, but for porn. They had bins and bins of back issues of all sorts of magazines, many of them obscure or short lived. I figured that I'd still find nothing that excited me and then I'd know for sure that naked pictures did nothing for me.
Instead I discovered BUF magazine, as far as I know the first 'adult' magazine to focus on fat woman. I bought two back issues for more money that I really should have spent right then, and only kept them for a couple of days because I was living at home for the Summer and didn't have a very good hiding spot for them. But in that time I committed the stories and pictures to memory as much as I could. I don't remember the names of the models anymore, but I still have a few hazy pictures in my mind.
As an aside, there were ads in the back for Dimensions Magazine, which is how I found my way here once the web had become a thing. So I'm grateful to those magazines for showing me that I obviously wasn't alone, and for leading me to Dimensions which has been so much part of my brain for over two decades now.
Oh no, I wasn't aware she passed away, or that she was even ill. I was a big fan of hers 20 years ago - she was one of the early discoveries I made when learning about the FA/BBW community, too.
A foam filled and a blowup doll of her was sold in those days,Ah yes, the pre-internet and pre-digital era!!
I actually rented (in 1991) the VHS tape featuring the lovely Teighlor in her grand performance in "Life in the Fat Lane" and connected 2 VCR machines together so I could record the video. I had never seen a woman with such bountiful folds of beautiful fat adorning her legs and was for years mezmerized by just the sight of her.
BUF magazine with Teighlor, Layla Lashell, and other classic beauties was a legitimate Godsend to young FAs hungry for erotic material at the time!
ETA: I am sure I posted on here previously my personal story, but still love to reminisce. In 1982, I was a tender 13 years old and was going through my mother's 'womens magazines', which at the time featured a 6 month weight loss mission of a woman who started out at about 220 lb and ended up around 140 lb. At 220 lb (tiny by our standards), she had a beautiful round belly that melted away over the 6 months. Realizing that she only got less appealing over the course of her program, as documented by the magazine, I was sure and NEVER doubted my desire for fat round women going forward. From then, my only question was whether it was something that could be reconciled with living a normal lifestyle (relatively speaking). Thanks to those like Conrad, who went on popular TV shows at the time, and put themselves out there to be ridiculed, it really helped me understand I could also live that FA life. It is, now more than ever, something we could seize on and push further but seems way too much dissension in the ranks!
She used to come in to the old chat rooms back after she retired just to thank and talk with us. Not because she was famous just because she could and I see a need for a chat room again to connect the people together like back when I got scolded by Conrad. LOLA foam filled and a blowup doll of her was sold in those days,