Profile Lauren Conrad

Lauren Conrad: TV-star, model, author and a whole lot of other things

By Kimberly Kuipers

Lauren Conrad is best known for her role in MTV’s hit series Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County and her spin-off show The Hills. But before that, the 26-year lived her quiet life in Laguna Beach with her father Jim, mother Katherine, sister Breanna and brother Brandon. It’s hard to understand that the famous fashion designer, who is a model, an author and has her own website with her hairstylist and makeup artist called The Beauty Department had her life before all the glamour and fame.

She developed her love for fashion design in the seventh grade. And after graduating high school, she decided she wanted to go to ‘The Academy of Art University’ in San Francisco and major in Fashion Design. After only one semester, she went back to her hometown to figure out what to do next.

A year later she got in to the FIDM, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, in Los Angeles. She got an internship at Teen Vogue and starred in her own series The Hills. Everything in live seemed to be perfect for the California blonde. But after five seasons of being a reality star in her own series, she wanted more privacy, so she quit the show. Whitney Port, her co-star on The Hills was sad about her quiting the show, but did compliment her on her choices: “We have grown together as women. I am so proud of the woman she has become. She really inspires me”. Another friend of LC, Brody Jenner, says she is a really loyal friend: “Me and Lauren get along so well and I love her to death”.

Fashion Career
In august 2009 Lauren launched her first own clothing line called The Lauren Conrad Collection. In 2011 she renewed her line and called it LC: By Lauren Conrad. Her former The Hills-costar says at the fashion show that the line is ‘comfortable, cute and fabulous’. “It’s awesome to see her doing this. It is a real legit fashion show. It’s really exciting to see her.” But after a few collections she didn’t produce another line. Because of bad reviews, Lauren wanted go in a whole other direction with her fashion line. So her other clothing line Paper Crown (which launched in 2011) did a better job. It is a specialty line, unlike Lauren’s other lines. “Conrad’s designs are a modern take on classic style, with an emphasis on fit and fabric quality to create staples for the contemporary woman’s closet”, so it says on the Paper Crown website. Maura McManus, with whom she created the line says they always dreamed of creating a line together: “Lauren and I have grown up together since elementary school and played sports together, went through high school together, and then when I went to college at USC we went our separate routes. We both ended up in the fashion business and we had al these ideas like: ‘Well, I’m in the fashion industry and wouldn’t it be so fun if we could have a clothing line together’. So it started about three years ago and last spring we came together and decided this was the time”.

Books
Besides being a fashion designer, a reality TV-star and a lot more thing, Lauren Conrad can also add ‘author’ to her resume. Her first book, L.A. Candy (released in June 2009), debuted  on the first place of the New York Times Bestseller List for more than a month. The following two books, Sweet Little Lies and Sugar and Spice, also made the number one spot of that same list. The trilogy are fiction books based on her own life of when she starred in the reality TV-shows Laguna Beach and The Hills. She made another book deal withpublisher HarperCollins and in 2012 another series called The Fame Game came out. Next to these series, Lauren writes about her own style and beauty tips in Lauren Conrad Style  and Lauren Conrad Beauty.

Lauren Conrad is still working on a lot of different things. She makes appearances on talk shows, does book signings and tries to stay in contact with her fans through her website Laurenconrad.com. She is still expanding her brand en we will definitely hear from her again very soon.