New York based model Lauren Layne is our Model Of The Month for August 2016.
The 21-year-old native of Joplin, Missouri started modeling after getting approached by a scout when she was only nine and signed with an agency in Kansas City, a few months later.
Confident, Athletic, and Fun, Lauren has steadily been making her rise in the fashion world having modeled for cool brands like Abercrombie and Fitch, Macys, Hollister and Co.and Gerlan Jeans. She has also been seen in Seventeen Magazine and Elle Italy.
A lover of rap music and helping people, she considers fashion as having empowered her by making her feel more confident. And when it comes to the listing the most exciting aspect about being a model she says is 'being able to meet so many different people and travel to amazing places'. In addition to modeling, Lauren is an avid workout enthusiast and credits SLT, yoga and boxing as her go-to fitness routines.
The highlight of this year for Lauren has undoubtedly been shooting for Victoria's Secret, however she also hopes to start her own swim line and become an actress.
Learn a little bit about this all-American model in this month’s inspiring interview below.
Did you always wanted to be a model, or did you stumble upon it, get discovered etc.? Who or what inspired you to become a model? How did you get started in the modeling business?
When I was 9 I was at an amusement park and got approached by a scout. I then signed with an agency in Kansas City, MO a few months later.
What is your favorite or most exciting aspect about being a model? What do you like least? Have you encountered any surprises along the way? What has been your most awkward moment (of your modeling career)?
What I love about being a model is being able to meet so many different people and travel to amazing places. I love food so watching what I eat all the time becomes annoying, but it's totally worth it.
What’s the funniest thing that happened to you on a photo shoot or fashion show?
One time I was shooting a Christmas campaign in Central Park at the end of July. We had winter coats on and ice packs tape around us underneath out clothes. Best idea ever!
How would you describe yourself as model in three words?
Confident, Athletic, Fun
Out of all the places your career has taken you, where was the most memorable?
I recently went to Zihuatanejo, Mexico for a shoot. It was so fun, it felt like a vacation. We got to go jetskiing while getting out picture taken. We stayed in a beautiful apartment overlooking the water and had a local chef cook for us. Zihuatanejo is a beautiful place and an amazing experience.
What was the hardest photo shoot for you, and why?
The hardest shoot I've ever done was when I was younger. It was 13 degrees outside with snow on the ground and we were in gowns shooting outside. But definitely was a good experience and taught me how to handle different situations in certain environments.
What was a highlight for you this year?
The highlight of this year is shooting for VS. It's most models dream so to be lucky enough to shoot for them is everything.
Do you feel a lot of pressure to be plugged into social media all of the time?
There's always some pressure to stay connected to social media and build up your following. But I don't let it control or run my life. If I don't have a picture to post that day it's not the end of the world.
You have so many young girls who follow you and who look up to you. What's the most important message you want them to get from your career?
My number one advice, Be confident in yourself. With confidence you can do anything.
Would you share some of your future goals, your life motto, any words of wisdom that get you by in life and professional career?
My future goals are to start my own swim line and become an actress. You have to dedicate yourself to what you want. And keep doing things that will get you closer to achieving your goal.
What should a relationship between an agent and model look like?
A relationship between a agent and a booker should be a professional friendship.
Who is your favorite all-time model?
One of my all time favorite models is Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.
Do other models inspire you?
Other models inspire me all the time. It's great to be able to inspiration from them.
How do you feel fashion has empowered you?
I think fashion has empowered me by making me feel more confident.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?
In my free time I love spending time with my friends, watching movies and eating.
Who are your favorite fashion designers?
My favorite designer is Andy Swain. I love his rock and roll vibe.
My favorite jeans are ACNE. They fit my body just perfectly.
Do you feel a lot of pressure regarding the everyday changing fashion trends?
No I don't feel pressure regarding the everyday changing fashion treads. I just buy what I like and have my own style.
Who is your style icon?
I love Chanel Imans style.
Your favorite store?
My favorite store is Saint Laurent
What are your best beauty secrets?
My best beauty secret, leave it alone.
Modeling can be tough on your skin. What do you use to take care of it?
I used velocity face wash and Le Mer moisturizer and oil.
Do you believe in homemade recipes? Do you have one to share with us?
When I have a pimple I take a super hot wash cloth and lay it on my face. It opens all ur pores.
What makes you feel sexy?
I feel most sexy when I'm in shape, healthy, and tan.
What is your favorite part about your body?
My favorite part of my body is my abs
Favorite kind of food:
My all time favorite type of food is Italian.
When models say they eat healthy, what do they mean by that?
Eating healthy means, cutting back on the sugary treats and carbs. Eating lots of veggies, fruit, grilled chicken and fish.
What is your most important physical characteristic?
My important physical characteristics is that I love helping people.
What’s controversial or unique about you?
Something that is unique about me is, my eyes.
If you could have one superpower, what would you choose?
If I had a super power it would be teleportation.
What would you like to change about yourself if you can choose only one thing?
If I could change anything it would be to have longer hair!
What are your favorite things to do in your free time?
Favorite things to do, go to the beach, watch movies, see comedians.
Where do you see yourself in ten years? What could be your next career?
In the next 10 years I see myself living on the beach, happy and an actress.
Do people act different around you since you’ve become a model?
No people don't act different around me but I also grew up doing this.
Favorite kind of music? Favorite television series or movie?
I love rap music. My favorite movie is sandlot.
Happiness is …
Happiness is.. EVERYTHING! Do whatever it takes to make yourself happy.
If you could change one thing in the past years, what would it be?
I would change anything about my past. You live and learn with everything you do.
People have said I look like …
People say I look like, Mila Kunis and Linda Evangelista.
Thank you Lauren for this great interview!
note: all answers are original and unaltered - Editor: Iva Mirbach, Intro: Clinton Gonsalvez