Full time plus size model for over 6 years with BGM Models, Laura Wells is this type of woman everyone thinks of being the definition of an absolute goddess.
Recently seen in the fashion pages of Cosmopolitan, modelling for brands such as American Eagle or Swimsuit for all and on the cover of Spanish Yo Magazine, Laura has given Naked Tan some of her precious time to answer a few questions and get us to know why she is a true goddess!
You are BGM Models superstar
modelling for international magazine covers and fashion brands. How did it all start?
I fell into modeling. It was never a dream or a passion. It was originally my younger sisters profession. She was a straight size size 8 model who had worked for some of the biggest brands in Australia and overseas. While i was in New York with her I was approached a few times and asked if I was a plus size model. I had no idea plus modeling existed let alone did I want to be one. I was studying a science degree and a law degree at the time and could think of nothing else but becoming a scientist and wearing a lab coat. Not exactly a fashion statement!
Once I returned back to Australia I was approached again and it was my mum that told me to ring the agency BGM Models. I had a meeting and was signed and started working a few weeks later. It wasn’t until I finished my degrees though that I started modelling full time as I had the time to give it a go.
You are helping to raise awareness for a positive image of women’s bodies in magazines. Do you think that people’s vision of the ‘perfect bikini body’ has changed?
Yes definitely! You can see that the change has started in the media as more and more plus size models are seen in covers and fashion stories. Super skinny models are not always what people want to see in media anymore. We’re coming back to the curvaceous model like we used to in the 60’s and 70’s which portrays a more healthy representation of society.
You will be staring in the documentary ‘A Perfect 14’ which aims to reshape the fashion industry and the views of society on women’s body. How do you feel that this will bring both the media and the general public’s attention to the issue of what the size of a model should be?
This documentary is fabulous because it will highlight some parts of the industry that we are working on. People usually have a wrong idea of a plus size model thinking of an extra large shape when in face plus models are actually average sized women. There is a huge disparity between what a plus size model is within the industry and what a plus size person is in reality.
Your body was used to be the model for the lingerie mannequins in the department stores of Myer and David Jones. How was this experience for you?
This was so much fun! They took photos and measurements of my body to create a more realistic size mannequin for lingerie. A larger more curvaceous woman’s shape to accurately portray the lingerie they are selling! It was a little surreal to be standing next to a mannequin that is exactly like me.
Do you have any advice for someone wanting to get into the modelling industry but lacking of confidence?
When I started modelling I wasn’t overly confident with my body and shape, however as I worked more I began to see how I moved, what looked good and grow to love my body for what it could do. You really need to be confident in your body if you want to become a model or you won’t be able to sell garments as this is seen in your expression. Photos are the reflection of the way you feel. If you feel beautiful, photos will be beautiful.
Also, practising definitely helps. By practising, you’ll find out what poses look best, you’ll end up knowing your body shape and be confident in front of a crew full of people you don’t know!
Do you have any role model, someone that inspires you?
David Attenborough! I love his work and how he fights to increase awareness about the environment.
I am involved with Green Peace and have worked with them on a few campaigns. Environment is a priority for me. I have an Environmental Science degree and a huge passion for nature. My boyfriend and I actually run our own environmental group in Cronulla called The Ocean Ambassadors. We do beach clean ups every Sunday in Cronulla to remove litter and plastic off the beach so it doesn’t enter the ocean.
Do you have any special routine before a photo shoot?
I usually have a spray-tan before a photo shoot to make sure I have beautiful bronzed skin as I do a lot of swimwear and lingerie work. I moisturise every day and drink plenty of water to keep hydrated and make sure my skin is in the best condition.
I also make sure I’ve got clean hair, have a manicure & pedicure and pack my model bag with necessities for the day ahead!
What did you think of your first Naked Tan spray tan experience?
I absolutely loved it. It is definitely the best colour I’ve ever had! Usually, photographers are not big fans of spray tans as they think it makes the model’s skin look orange. Naked Tan comes up beautifully on screen and gives a really nice natural glow.
What is your favourite Naked Tan retail product?
I love the Body scrub! I love the fact that the scrub is made of Walnut shell and does not contain micro-beads, plastic ingredients like some other body scrub. Plus it smells amazing!