Lara Stone is a Dutch supermodel that has graced the covers of prestigious fashion magazines and left an impressive mark on the runway. With ties to famous fashion houses, including Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Givenchy and Karl Lagerfeld, her modeling career has definitely reached greater heights. Lara Stone has done campaigns for no less than H&M, Jean Paul Gautier, DKNY, Calvin Klein Make-up, Nicole Farhl and Hugo Boss Orange. But who would have thought that this big-time supermodel is actually a small town girl?
The start of her modelling career
Lara Stone spent most of her childhood in her hometown in the Netherlands. Her father is English, while her mother is Dutch. During a family vacation in the Paris Metro, she was discovered by a modeling agent. She was 12 years old then. 3 years later, she joined an Elite Model Look contest, but failed to snag the crown. She did, however, left a lasting impression to Elite executives, which led to her signing with the Elite Modeling Agency.
Unfortunately, signing to a modeling agency doesn’t promise instant success. Her luck only turned for the better in 2006, 7 years after Lara Stone signed with Elite, when she switched agencies with IMG, and had the opportunity to open the Givenchy Hot Couture show in Paris. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Lara Stone has worked with plenty of fashion magazines, including Elle, Vogue and V magazine. She has been photographed by some of the best in the industry, including Steven Klein, Mert & Marcus, Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, and Juergen Teller.
Facts About Lara Stone
Lara Stone is well-known for her wobbly runway walk, and the trademark gap between her front teeth. Her unusual walk is attributed to shoes that don’t fit. Most of the shoe sizes in the runway are 8 to 10, while Lara Stone has a size 7 feet. What others may see as a disadvantage worked quite well for her. Lara Stone was declared the most-wanted face at the moment in an August 2009 issue of W, one of the top 30 models of 2000 by Vogue Paris, and the world’s number one fashion model in 2010 in a list of the Top 50 Models Women by international modeling website models.com. The 2009 issue of French Vogue was dedicated entirely to her.
Unlike other models at that time, Lara Stone is actually considered a plus-size model, as she is a size 6. But the shape she tried to get rid of, through diet and exercise, actually “invented a kind of new girly femininity”, according to Karl Lagerfeld. But with an addiction to smoking, alcohol and Chocolate milkshakes, it’s not a surprise that Lara Stone stayed in the same shape she had in the beginning of her career.
Since 2009, Lara Stone has checked out of her alcohol addiction and become sober. In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar magazine, she attributed her sobriety to her family. She married British comedian David Walliams at the end of 2009, and divorced 5 years later. In October 2013, Lara Stone joined L’Oreal, and became the brand’s ambassador.
Background Photo: Lara Stone for Calvin Klein