Laurene is a nursing student and a Franco-British petite model. She started modeling when she was a teenager, however, she had to stop to focus on her studies. After some years, struggling with anorexia, she has decided to get back to modeling to represent petite models and empower other women like her, who think they cannot find their place in the industry.

Now she has done some editorials with magazines such as Picton, Yancee, Prime Magazine and her favorite, Horizont Magazine, and has worked with brands, such as Bourjois Paris and Fabletics. Today Laurene opens up to and explains to us how her road to modeling and empowerment has been.

How much modeling experience do you have?

I have been modeling for almost two years now. However, I also participated in some catwalks and photoshoots when I was 14 and I stopped because of my studies, but now I’m back to it!

petite model Laurene Michelet
Photographer @marilynesphotographie, Jewels @pijouletta

What empower you to become a petite model?

I started when I was in England. I was approached by a swimwear brand and became an ambassador. Then I started working with different photographers and also some magazines. Some of them found me on Instagram and others on, a go-to-platform to start modeling where there is a very big community of petite models around the world, and beginners can find the opportunity to progress. I’m very thankful for that.

petite model with jacket
Photographer @gr_pix

Have you encountered any challenges and difficulties?

Yes, I had difficulties finding myself at the beginning because, this is something I’m going to say for the first time in public, but I suffered from anorexia for 7 years. It was very difficult for me to consider myself pretty and love myself, but modeling empowered me to take a step forward and start loving myself. Now I am a strong woman and model, and I want to help all women to believe in themselves. I also had difficulties getting an agency because I’m 5’2’’, a petite model,  which means I am not tall enough to become a high fashion model. However, recently I participated in a French modeling contest and I passed the two first selections. I hope to be in the final to finally prove that women who are 5’2 like me can be pretty too and can be represented in modeling.

What has your best experience been as a model?

I had a lot of great experiences and I’ve met a lot of nice people. But if I have to choose one, I will say the day I met the photographer and model Shirley Srv. Shirley is a lovely woman, she is a model and photographer, and she supports women’s rights and the body positive movement, just like me. I adore her and she is definitely my best meeting in the Modeling Industry!

Model in red empower other women
Photographer @photodpt, Magazine @elegantmagazine

What piece of advice would you give to aspiring models?

The only 3 tips I can give are: always believe in yourself, never let anybody tell you that you can’t do it, and always be yourself!

Has helped you? helped me to meet models, photographers and art directors all around the world. It definitely helped me take off my modeling career! I hope to empower all women who don’t try because they think they can’t do it. If I can, you can too!


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