Lara Stone: I took my time returning to modelling
Lara Stone is glad she didn't rush back into modelling after become a mother for the first time, as all she wanted to do was stare at her baby.
The 31-year-old star gave birth to son Alfred with ex-husband David Walliams in May 2013 and returned to the industry with a bang by posing for Calvin Klein the following year (14). She's kept herself busy since, being photographed with wolves for UK Vogue and becoming the face of shoe giant Kurt Geiger, and now she's been named one of UK Harper's Bazaar magazine's Women of the Year.
"I started working again properly about nine months to a year after I gave birth," she recalled to the publication. "At the start, all I wanted to do was sit at home and stare at this little baby, and I'm really glad I took my time in going back to work. It's such a precious time when they're so small. He's not in school yet, so I can take him with me to most of my jobs. He travels quite often and he really loves that. It's so fun seeing what I do through his eyes as well. You get more excited about aeroplanes."
Lara was scouted while holidaying in Paris and was encouraged to enter the Elite Model Look competition in 1999, aged 15. She didn't win but impressed bosses enough to be signed to the agency, and it was when she walked for Givenchy in 2006 that her career in fashion took off.
"It was one of the first shows I ever did for haute couture and I really didn't know what you were supposed to do at all," she laughed. "I remember just being super nervous, super excited and, afterwards, really happy that I didn't trip over."
She's adapted to the times too, with social media accounts boasting thousands of followers. She prefers Instagram over Twitter, as she feels everyone can relate to photos and get a glimpse of the fashion world through her posts.