Lauren Mellor is a South African fashion and swimsuit model. She is most famous in the United States for her spreads in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues since 2012.
Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, Lauren Mellor took an almost instant shine to fashion, as she grew up with a mother who was well-versed in the industry herself. All the while, it was her father's love of nature and wide-open spaces that kept her grounded, and continued to do so throughout her short, yet so far extremely privileged career.
With looks like Lauren's, booking talent agents seemed to come fairly easily, as she was able to sign with the likes of Star Model Management in Johannesberg, Storm Model Management in London, England, Outlaws Models in Cape Town, South Africa, and Modelwerk in Hamburg, Germany, all before graduating from the University of Capetown with her degree in psychology. After this, the beautiful young model (who it turns out is also incredibly intelligent) still managed to go back for her postgraduate in Enterprise Management. She then moved to Germany and signed with Union Models, PMA Models in Hamburg, and AMT Models in Vienna.
To try and mention all the stellar gigs Lauren was able to land between then and booking her Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue shoot in 2012 would be nearly impossible for a brief recap of her accomplishments, but let's just say they all prepared her for the life she has been living abroad for the past several years. Sports Illustrated also gained her critical exposure in the U.S., which was a necessary step when it came to moving to New York in March 2013 to book future campaigns with brands such as Bloomingdales and Avon, as well as getting signed by Wilhelmina Models in New York and Miami.