When Praver was young, she would spend her free time surfing and hanging out at local beaches with her friends. Discovered at age 13 on the Hawaiian island of Maui at a Lahaina supermarket by a photographer,[unreliable source?] Praver has gone on to work for Guess?, Yamamay, Tally Weijl, and Liu-Jo. She has been on multiple covers of Cosmopolitan, Glamour, and Cover magazines. She made Sports Illustrated shoots and was the object/subject of Joanne Gairbody painting works in the 2007 and 2008 editions and appeared again the following year in 2009. Also, in 2009, Praver started up her own line of swimwear, Tori Praver Swimwear and hopes to create an eco-friendly line in the near future.