Lauren Dunham
United States
State / Region
$25.00 per hour

I am 19 years old and have been modeling for 2 years freelancing. I currently am not signed but have been published in magazines across the US as well as England. I have found a passion for runway and high fashion work primarily and was a headline model recently in Alabama Fashion Week. I make connects and network completely on my own, and feel proud and accomplished with how far I have come in a short amount of time. My ambition is to become a full-time runway model. 

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Our readers would love to get to know you more Lauren. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?

I am a 19-year-old model from a very small town in Georgia. Being from this town and a more isolated environment, it was hard to break into the modeling world. With 2 years of hard work, I have been published in the US and England. I also was a featured model in Alabama fashion week. I found this passion in runway, and want to pursue it to New York. Growing up, I was always teased for my height being abnormally tall for a girl, very skinny, and small bust size, but in this world, these characteristics are celebrated and accepted. 

Lauren, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?

I started as a model doing small photoshoots with local friends in fields. I grew to like this and began traveling 2 or more hours to look for photographers to begin to build my portfolio. Since then I have connections throughout the southern US and hope to grow even further into the runway realm. 

Who is your inspiration in life Lauren? How do you keep inspired?

My inspiration currently is several people who are from my surrounding area that have made it to New York and now a model for a living. Being that this is what I ultimately want to do, seeing people come from my surrounding areas gives me hope that this is a possible and a reachable dream.

We all make mistakes Lauren, we wish we could take back. Please tell us about a time being a Model, you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
My bigger mistake I make is forgetting items for shoots or forgetting makeup for making a look switch. I have a terrible memory and when I get excited I forget a lot of things. 

Lauren, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Model, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs?

I currently prioritize my clients has a first come first serve basis. I keep this as my prioritizing method so that I don't step on any toes and anger any photographers by canceling previously scheduled shoots.

Please tell us, Lauren, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Model?

I have to schedule things very strategically. I currently balance a normal job, modeling, and being a full-time student at college as well. With all of these different priorities, scheduling becomes a very key part of my modeling career. 

Lauren, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
During one of my photo sessions, a photographer typically did nude work and I had to be persuasive and letting him know that I admired his work but that was just not my personal Niche. I am more conservative with my photos, and had to get him to see that other style photos can still interest his audience. 

Lauren, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Model. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
My proudest moment just happened recently when I was a headlining model and Alabama fashion week. This is my proudest moment because it was the first step into realizing my ultimate goal. It gave me a taste of what it is like to be a runway model and it has pushed me to continue pursuing this.

Lauren, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
The most creative shoot I've done was a Native American shoot on horseback, riding bareback as well. I am Native American so this shoot was important to me, but the weather was nearly 100 degrees Fahrenheit, the horse had not been ridden in several months and tried bucking me off on several occasions, I was trying to keep my elaborate war style makeup from running due to heat and incredible humidity, and I had no saddle to help latch on to the horse. In the end, the shoot turned out amazing and I love every photo, but it was a hard road getting them. 

What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?

My best advice would don't be afraid of rejection and don't be afraid to break out of your comfort zone. When I first started trying to break out as a model because of my location I was turned down a lot. I also had to begin to venture out to new places and break out of the place that I've been for so long to find new people who are professional photographers that could build my portfolio. If I decided to stay in my comfort zone and stay in my current location I never would've been able to break out to the point I am now.

Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands, and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I am looking for creative collaborations that mimic high fashion looks as well as runway collaborations.

Now for the best part Lauren! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work.
Photo Credits:
Paul white photography
Arianna Morris photography
Anger lead Rowe photography
Logan Kilgore photography
Matt Khul photography 


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