Whether she’s designing a swimwear line or having boxing lessons, there’s a lot more to Lauren Layne than just modelling. We caught up with her about the life of a jet-setting model, getting scouted at just 9 years of age, to her experience of the industry. See what Lauren had to say about becoming a designer and eating loads of pasta…
Hey Lauren! Tell us a bit about who you are and where you come from.
Hey, I’m Lauren! I’m 24 years old and I’m from Joplin, Missouri.
How did you get into modelling?
When I was 9 years old I was discovered in an amusement park, where I soon started modelling with a small agency out of Kansas City, Missouri. At 15 years old I went to New York and Los Angeles where I signed with agencies in both places. Then eventually I moved to New York after high school graduation to fulfil my dream.
Alongside your modelling career, you also have your own swimwear line. How did that come about?
That’s right, I am currently starting my own swimsuit line, launching in April! I’ve wanted to be a designer since I was a young girl. My Nana taught me how to sew at 13 and got me my first sewing machine. I made everything from pillows and curtains to small clothing pieces. I then went on to make my own prom dress in high school! After modelling swimsuits and lingerie for 5 years, I felt like I could bring a new perspective into the swim world.
You’re clearly super healthy, but everyone needs a break from that now and again. What’s your go-to meal on a cheat day?
I love being healthy! I especially love the way I feel when I am. But life is all about balance and there are too many wonderful foods in the world! My favourite cheat day is anything or everything Italian – pizza, pasta, you name it!
Do you look to anyone for inspiration in your career, modelling or otherwise?
I look for inspiration in strong women who are empowering others and making a change. It feels amazing surrounding yourself with people who love and support you but also make you a better person.
In recent times, attitudes towards women in the modelling industry appear to (hopefully) be shifting towards a more positive place. Would you mind telling us a bit about your experience of the industry to date?
The modelling industry has been nothing like I expected. It has taken me to the some of the most unbelievable places, as well as giving me the opportunity to meet some great people along the way. I love that the modelling industry is becoming more focused on health, fitness and giving back!
Thanks Lauren! What are you up to for the rest the day?
Now I’m headed to my favourite workout class, The Sculpt Society by Megan Roup! Have an awesome day, thank you!