From the city to the magazine: the story of a Joplin model

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Walking the runway during Fashion Week is something many girls dream about doing. But for one area young woman, it has become a reality. So how did she get from Joplin to the pages of magazines?

If you’ve picked up a popular magazine in the last few years, there’s a good chance you’ve seen her face.

“You just have to be yourself and hopefully they’ll like you for that,” says Lauren Layne.

But soon, you’ll recognize her name too.

“I’ve been modeling swimsuits for 6 years and every time I put one on I’m like, this is beautiful or this is great but there’s an issue here or an issue there,” says Layne.

That’s because there’s a lot more to 2012 Joplin High grad Lauren Layne than just a pretty face.

“There is a ton of hard work, I have to watch what I eat and I have to go to the gym everyday,” says Lauren Layne.

She was just eight when she was spotted by a talent agent while her family was in St. Louis. That lead to a model scouting event in Kansas City and she was signed a short time later. Most of her early work, including television ads on Nick Jr., Cartoon Network and Hallmark took place in Kansas City. She left for New York right after high school graduation. Although she’s been featured in as many as 20 high fashion magazines this is what she ultimately wants to do with her career.

“I started sewing when I was 13, my nanna got me a sewing machine for my birthday, a mannequin and a sewing kit and we made curtains, pillows, anything my mom needed for the house, we were on it,” says Layne.

All the while she was modeling other people’s designs, she was already thinking of someday launching her own line of clothing. The result is an online swimwear line she’s took from sketching to manufacturing. Which she’ll unveil at this weeks Third Thursday in downtown Joplin. How has a small town girl been able to survive in this industry?

“You just have to know who you are and have a voice. And you have to say no cause it’s hard, people want to try and get you to do things that you feel uncomfortable with but they tell you if you want to become a star you have to do this, or if you want to become a big name you have to look this way or act this way,” says Layne.

If you don’t want to wait until Third Thursday to see her swim line, we’ve put a link here.

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