This week, the Guardian revealed that Lara Stone, whom we named couture week’s top model, is a U.K. size 8. Those who work closely with her confirmed to us that Lara varies from a U.S. size 4 to 6. But her unusually curvy (for the modeling world) figure is what designers and photographers love about her. Riccardo Tisci says he fell in love with Lara at first sight when he booked her exclusively for his fall 2006 Givenchy couture show — her big break. Photographer Bruce Weber describes Lara as “big, bad, and beautiful.” And designer Isabel Marant calls her “a kind of alien — she’s a mix of a warrior and Brigitte Bardot.” But Lara’s not always as comfortable with her body as her slew of admirers.
She tells next month’s W:
“A lot of people say it’s nice to see someone who won’t break in half when you touch them,” she says with a sigh, rolling a pack of cigarettes around in her hands. “But I am still a woman and a person, and if you’re compared and confronted with your colleagues, and they’re all half your size, you think, F—, I’m really fat! And then on other days, I’m like, Oh, I’m not that bad.”
But she’ll be the first to admit she has nothing to complain about:
“The people are nice and fun and easy and relaxed. You get to smoke at work. You make lots of money.” Stone pauses. “Where are you ever going to find another job where you don’t have a boss or responsibilities, really, except to get on an airplane and just show up? It’s a bit worrying.”
Well, sitting in a cube and staring at a computer all day is almost as glamorous.
Model Profile: Lara Stone