Laura Wells’ big break was after a swim shoot in Australia. She was scouted by agents in New York and London and moved overseas to pursue modeling. Several magazine covers later, the science and law graduate has gained a profile, and she wants to use it for good. Her aim is to inspire people to love their bodies, and the environment. We asked Laura to styles our active core range…
Who or what inspired you to do what you’re doing now?
I wasn’t so much inspired to be a model, I fell into it. It was never an ambition or goal of mine but I have done well and have the opportunity so I ran with it. However, my environmentalism work has been inspired by people I have met over the years. After I finished studying my science degree and law degree I really wanted to affect change in the world in terms of environmental health. People like Sylvia Earle and David Attenborough really peaked my interest and pushed me to challenge myself and step outside my boundaries.
What was your first big break?
My first big shoot, the one that really started my career in Australia was shot by the great Australian photographer Jez Smith. It was for a swimsuit label and the images were really beautiful. They were seen by agents in NYC and London and subsequently I was signed overseas and moved to both London and NYC for 4 years to pursue modelling.
What has been your biggest pinch-me moment in your career?
Oh there have been a lot of pinch-me moments in my career. My first main fashion editorial for Cosmopolitan Australia magazine was pretty incredible and covers of Spanish magazines and Australian magazines have been great as well. I really enjoy the work I do so all of it is enjoyable and I really appreciate the work I get.
What’s the next big thing for you?
I really want to use my profile for good. Inspiring people to love their bodies and the environment at the same time. I have great messages to share and really want to be able to do that, possibly in the medium of TV, but we will wait and see!
Do you have any advice for aspiring models?
As an aspiring model don’t put all of your eggs in one basket. By that I mean have a back up plan. Modelling doesn’t work for everybody; especially in Australia it’s a small industry. Be prepared to move overseas to pursue your career and be prepared to be judged, rejected and doubt yourselves. You need to be able to handle lots of time by yourself, planes, trains, buses, unknown cities, long days, people that don’t speak your language and spending time away from loved ones. The industry is very last minute so any plans you make will most likely get changed. The industry can be great as well, experiencing new countries, meeting great people, but you need to know that underneath the external glossiness of glamour, it is a normal job that has its downfalls as well.
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