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Model future

October 09 2013
Lauren turned the judges heads Lauren turned the judges heads
From life on the streets to a modelling contract...


Lauren Lambert’s 6 foot two frame has helped lift her from life on the streets to a future that promises fame, fortune and flashing lights.

When Lauren applied to appear in Sky Living’s Britain & Ireland's Next Top Model, she was homeless and staying with her sister and nephew. They shared the bed so Lauren slept on the sofa.

The 23-year-old from Surrey moved with her mother from St Lucia to London aged 10. However five years later conflict between the two drove Lauren to leave home and spent a period sleeping rough.

Last month Lauren beat 13 other finalists to the title of Next Top Model. She will be rewarded with prize money, a New York shopping trip and a contract with Models 1. She will also work on ad campaigns with Revlon cosmetics and Tresemme hair products. The show was presented by Elle Macpherson and judged by Elle, Tyson Beckford and Dannii Minogue.

Lauren told The Sun: "I guess mum was depressed and we fought a lot. When I was 15 we fell out permanently and I became homeless. It was a hard time. People say 'sleep rough' but you don't get any sleep.

"To go from sleeping on a park bench to winning this doesn't quite feel real."

Judge Dannii Minogue said: "Lauren exudes beauty from the inside. Her philosophy of life is so positive, and she lets that shine in her photographs. She is a deserved winner and it will be great to see her representing Britain and Ireland's Next Top Model globally."

Family conflict is one of the most common causes of homelessness in young people. Homeless Link, conducted a survey of service providers and local authorities into the ‘Young and Homeless’ in 2011. The charity’s members agreed that at least half of the young people using their services had experienced a breakdown of family relations.

They reported that during October in England 2011, 400 young people were presenting as homeless everyday.