Laura Ellen James was born on November 18, 1990 in Cambridge, New York, and is an American fashion model. She is the winner of Cycle 19 of America's Next Top Model. She is the daughter of actor John James, known for portraying Jeff Colby on the 1980s soap opera Dynasty. Her mother is also a model representing Ms. Australia in the Miss World Pageant. In 2012, James rose to prominence after winning the nineteenth cycle of America's Next Top Model, and was consequentially signed with L.A. Models. New York Model Management
Early life[edit | edit source]
Laura James is the daughter of actor John James and Australian model Denise Coward, second runner-up in Miss World 1978; she has a younger brother, Philip James. She was born and raised in Cambridge, New York. Prior to being on America's Next Top Model, Laura studied at Paul Smith's College, studying Hotel Resort Tourism Management. She has a very close relationship with her mother. She is a certified Pilates instructor since 2009. She also became friends with Kristin Kagay whom she met during Cycle 19.
Career[edit | edit source]
America's Next Top Model[edit | edit source]
In 2012, Laura was selected to compete on the nineteenth cycle of America's Next Top Model. In the competition she was one of the front-runners, receiving three first call-outs as well as winning three challenges for her scholarship bank. She appeared in the bottom two three times. In Jamaica, Laura landed in the bottom two with Nastasia after the Dream Come True photoshoot for their weak photographs but in the end, Laura had the higher score, leaving Laura to compete alongside fellow contestants Leila Goldkuhl and Kiara Belen in the finale. At the final runway at Rose Hall, Laura struggled with her runway walk and at panel, Laura was criticized for her stiff walk, yet praised for her Nine West photo. In the end, Laura received the highest total average of the three remaining contestants, making her America's Next Top Model. As a result, she was offered modeling contracts with New York Model Management and L.A. Models, she became the face of America's Next Top Model's fragrance Dream Come True, won a spread in Nylon magazine, campaigns with Nine West and Smashbox Cosmetics, and a $100,000 cash prize as well as the $30,000 she earned from her three challenge wins to be used to pay off her college education.
Post Top Model[edit | edit source]
Laura is signed with New York Model Management and L.A. Models and also had a campaign with Nine West and Smashbox Cosmetics as a part of her prize package. She also became the face of the America’s Next Top Model perfume "Dream Come True" and had a cover and a spread in Nylon magazine. On March 28, 2013, she shot a campaign with Guess along with world-renowned DJ Tiësto and Meghan Von Wiggins for WMag Event. She also appeared in the final episode from the first Boys & Girls cycle with judge and model Rob Evans.