Sarah Larson Moving Forward After Split from Clooney

06/03/2008 at 04:50 PM EDT

Sarah Larson Moving Forward After Split from Clooney
George Clooney and Sarah Larson
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Sarah Larson is "moving forward" after her recent split from George Clooney, a friend of the model's tells PEOPLE.

"From what we've talked about she's doing well," Jennifer Morss, executive director of Aid for AIDS of Nevada and a friend of Larson's, tells PEOPLE. "You just move forward. She's a strong, very smart girl who I think will make it through pretty much anything."

Clooney, 47, and Larson, 29, split last month after about a year of dating. Though Clooney is an international star, Morss says Larson tried not to let being in the limelight affect her.

"Your whole life changes overnight, but she maintained that down-to-earth [quality]. She as a person never changed – she would say, 'Yes, I'm dating George, but I want to be known for Sarah.' "

Morss has high praise for Larson, who has been involved with the Aid for AIDS of Nevada charity for about four years. "This past AIDS walk held in April, she raised over $25,000 for the event through friends ... It's hard in this world to find people who are so authentic."

As for Larson's future, Morss says her friend will be just fine post-Clooney. "She's still Sarah, and she maintained all of her relationships with friends and family. When you don't change to go into something like that, there's not a whole lot of change to come out of it."

For more about the split (including Larson's first post-breakup public appearance), pick up this week's PEOPLE

Reporting by BRENDA RODRIGUEZ

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