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Conversations with Lauren Meredith

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lauren Meredith.

Lauren, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I started modeling about eight years ago. It all started when a girl I know was signed with an agency but one of her regular photographers wanted to work with a ballerina.

I had always wanted to get into modeling & this seemed like the perfect way to get into it. Now that I’m 30, I have hung up my pointe shoes & have been expanding my modeling portfolio ever since.

I don’t do a lot of dance-style photoshoots because most people don’t understand that 30 is old for a ballerina with back issues, not to mention I can do so much more.

I don’t like to be put into a box or, as Johnny Castle once said, “Nobody puts Baby in a corner.”

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
For the most part, this has been a smooth ride.

Yes, there have been people who have made comments about my body, stature, and even the shape of my lips. Some things I can fix, others I can’t. But you learn to work through what people say to you & prove them wrong.

I have the best support system that consists of friends & colleagues who are always willing to help me grow & continue to get better.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am willing to do most genres in the modeling world, but my favorite would be boudoir. Boudoir makes me so happy & feel so empowered; I will always be the first person to say someone should book a boudoir shoot because everyone should feel empowered. If nothing else, do it for yourself.

I am most proud of the fact that the majority of publications I am in I have done myself. I freelance, so everything is on me. Out of all my publications I am most proud of the one that got me internationally published in 2020. The magazine is owned & curated by the top boudoir photographer in the UK. Answering a question like “what sets you apart from others” is hard for me to answer, honestly.

I’m not saying that the people I associate with or work with aren’t helpful, kind, etc. But I love teaching people! Over the past few weeks, I have had opportunities, outside of modeling as well, to teach people. I used to teach dance in high school & college & I loved it. I’d say about three weeks ago I started getting compliments from several people about how I word things when teaching or giving constructive criticism.

I get such a sense of gratitude when helping others learn & then hearing colleagues’ comments on my ability to do so gracefully is very rewarding. I see no point in purposefully holding someone else back or withholding information. It’s what I would have wanted for myself eight years ago since I didn’t have the people I work with currently.

What were you like growing up?
I was the weird kid growing up although, if you ask my family, they will probably say otherwise haha! The amount of bullying I faced, even in college, is unreal. I was never a very sporty person & my grade school was all about sports. Since I was a dancer that automatically made me the odd man out.

In high school, I was the emo chick, but also a cheerleader. I had a lot of things going on in my personal life that I wasn’t allowed to talk about unless it was with one specific friend; even then I barely talked about what was going on because I was ashamed. Luckily, I went to a liberal arts college, so I was accepted for being a dancer & a creative.

At some point, I finally learned to ignore what people said to me or thought about it because other people’s opinion of me is none of my business. Now that I don’t care about other people’s opinions of me, I am such a happy person, with a bubbly personality. That’s what I like to think at least.

I am very passionate about the things I do, which comes off very intense & reads on my face, but I really am a nice, happy person haha!

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Image Credits
Amber Grooms Photo, Kurtis Gibbs, Fox 7, Vixen Boudoir, Brittany Munn, and Shane Michael

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