Laura Kirkpatrick

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Laura Kirkpatrick
Born Laura Sioux Kirkpatrick[1]
(1989-06-12) June 12, 1989 (age 29)
Stanford, Kentucky, U.S.
Modeling information
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Hair color Auburn
Eye color Blue
Agency New York Model Management

Laura Sioux Kirkpatrick (born June 12, 1989) is an American model and fashion designer, best known as the runner-up of cycle 13 of America's Next Top Model. She was voted fan favorite in a poll the show held after the conclusion of the series, which won her a six-month, rent-free apartment in New York City.

Early life[edit]

Kirkpatrick was born in Stanford, Kentucky, to father Greg Kirkpatrick and mother Jodie Hill Jones. She has two younger sisters, Hannah and Jarah, and a younger brother named Jeremy.[2] She previously has worked on her family's farm, where working with cattle was one of her primary jobs.[3] She has dyslexia.[4] Prior to her appearance on America's Next Top Model, she had been working as a waitress.[5] Kirkpatrick was majoring in art at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky, before joining the show, and was the first in her family to attend college. However, she missed final exams due to America's Next Top Model, which prevented her from advancing from freshman to sophomore.[6]

America's Next Top Model[edit]

Kirkpatrick had been pursuing a modeling career for years prior to her appearance on the CW Network reality television show America's Next Top Model, and had looked into applying for the series before, but was a half-inch shorter than the 5'7" height cutoff. Her grandmother, who Kirkpatrick considers her best friend, told Kirkpatrick to try out for cycle 13: the "petite edition", because it specifically sought contestants who are 5'7" or under. Kirkpatrick said it was a last-minute, "spur-of-the-moment" decision to visit Chicago, Illinois, where she successfully applied to be on the season. Kirkpatrick was the last (fourteenth) girl (edited as the second last (thirteenth) girl called and followed by Sundai Love when aired) selected as one of the 14 finalists to compete in Cycle 13: the "Petite Edition" of America's Next Top Model. Kirkpatrick, who was 19 when she started on the show, was consistently considered one of the judges' favorite finalists throughout the season.[5] She was particularly praised by the judges and reviewers for her strong personality, which stood out as different from those of the other contestants due to her working-class, "country girl" lifestyle. She was also noted for her tendency to break into sudden fits of excitement and laughter.[3][5][7][8] Her Kentucky accent has been identified as part of her charm, although during the show, judge and fashion photographer Nigel Barker said it could prove to be a hindrance during her modeling career.Barker said, "I know that in the back of their head, they don't want a CoverGirl with an accent, unless it is already somebody super-famous."[6] Kirkpatrick initially tried to tone down her accent as a result of the comment, but stopped trying because she felt it made her "lose my spark".[6] Kirkpatrick was never selected as one of the "bottom two" contestants for any of the challenges, though none of her photos were chosen as the best photo of the week. However, Kirkpatrick did exceptionally well on a group Cirque du Soleil shoot. Kirkpatrick said the Cirque du Soleil photo shoot was her favorite of the show, and that walking on the runway was her favorite part of the modeling experience.[7][8]

Kirkpatrick's dyslexia proved to be a difficulty during some challenges, particularly when she had to read teleprompters for Cover Girl television commercials, which was one of the final contests of the season.[4][8] Throughout the show, Kirkpatrick spoke fondly of her grandmother, Wanda Sue Kirkpatrick, during taped segments and often wore dresses designed by her grandmother during the judges' comments. Wanda Sue also made a dress for Tyra Banks, which she wore on the show.[3][6][7] Kirkpatrick was the last contestant (edited as being called second to last before Sundai Love when aired) selected for the top fourteen contestants of the petite cycle. She was the second contestant selected as a finalist over both Jennifer An and Erin Wagner and became the first contestant in ANTM history to reach the final two without ever receiving a first call-out during her time competing. Kirkpatrick ultimately lost to Nicole Fox, who was named "America's Next Top Model" on November 18, 2009. Kirkpatrick and Fox became friends during the season and, although Kirkpatrick believed her personality was strong, she also admitted Fox's photos were particularly strong. Kirkpatrick initially reacted emotionally to her loss and was comforted by the show's host, retired supermodel Tyra Banks. She said of her initial reaction to the loss: "I was really devastated at the time and cried forever until my eyes swelled up and popped out of my head!"[9] It was announced on May 12, 2011 that Kirkpatrick would join the cast again for America's Next Top Model: All-Stars (Cycle 17) with several returning models[10] and was placed fourth.

Like all the other contestants on Cycle 17, Kirkpatrick was given a branding word: "loveable". During her time on the show she developed her own perfume called "Love" and performed in a music video for her song "Southern Sweet Girl."

Modeling career[edit]

Although Kirkpatrick did not win "America's Next Top Model," she was voted fan favorite in a poll the show held after the conclusion of the series. Although the margin was not reported, Kirkpatrick said the producers told her she won by "a whole lot."[citation needed] As a result of the win, Kirkpatrick was awarded a six-month, rent-free apartment stay in New York City to pursue modeling opportunities. After her six-month stint in New York, Kirkpatrick plans to move to Germany to further pursue her modeling career. Kirkpatrick has received several representation offers from modeling agencies, including Tyra Banks' Bankable Productions.[2][3] Kirkpatrick has also appeared on Banks' talk show, "The Tyra Banks Show."[6] Kirkpatrick has also taken part for some charity print work for 2010 Haiti earthquake relief.[11]

Kirkpatrick also had a cover and spread in LexScene Magazine and was featured in Steve Madden's Summer 2010 Collection.[12] In 2013, she was featured in British Vogue.

Shortly after her appearance on ANTM, Kirkpatrick started a dyslexia foundation, The Beautiful Minds. The foundation hosts runway shows and other events to raise awareness for dyslexia education.

In 2011, she appeared in William Fitzsimmons, "Beautiful Girl" music video.

Designing[edit]

Kirkpatrick has a clothing line, Grumbage.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.familytreelegends.com/records/12252?c=search&first=laura&last=kirkpatrick&spelling=Exact&8_year=&8_month=0&8_day=0&4=&9=&11=&SubmitSearch.x=0&SubmitSearch.y=0&SubmitSearch=Submit
  2. ^ a b Toadvine, Emily (November 20, 2009). "Runner-up finish in 'Top Model' leads to new opportunities for Stanford native". The Advocate-Messenger. Retrieved November 25, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c d Toadvine, Emily (November 20, 2009). "Stanford's Laura Kirkpatrick named Top Model Fan Favorite". The Advocate-Messenger. Retrieved November 25, 2009. 
  4. ^ a b Toadvine, Emily (November 18, 2009). "Will Stanford's Laura Kirkpatrick be the next "Top Model"?". The Advocate-Messenger. Archived from the original on November 24, 2009. Retrieved November 25, 2009. 
  5. ^ a b c Rocchio, Christopher (November 20, 2009). "Exclusive: Laura Kirkpatrick talks about "America's Next Top Model"". Reality TV World. Retrieved November 25, 2009. 
  6. ^ a b c d e Meehan, Mary (November 20, 2009). "Stanford's almost "Top Model" sets sights on runway career". Lexington Herald-Leader. Retrieved November 25, 2009. 
  7. ^ a b c Wieselman, Jarett (November 20, 2009). ""Top Model" Laura: "I get excited about everything!"". New York Post. Retrieved November 25, 2009. 
  8. ^ a b c Scarpa, Gina (November 20, 2009). "America's Next Top Model Cycle 13: Exclusive Interview with Runner Up Laura Kirkpatrick". Reality Wanted. Retrieved November 25, 2009. 
  9. ^ Martin, Lara (November 20, 2009). ""Top Model" runner-up "initially devastated"". Digital Spy. Retrieved November 25, 2009. 
  10. ^ Ward, Kate (2011-05-12). "'Top Model All-Stars' cast reported: Lisa D'Amato, Isis King in; Jade out". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2011-05-15. 
  11. ^ Brock, Herb (January 28, 2010). "Helping Haiti: Local woman spearheads designer gown auction". The Advocate-Messenger. Retrieved February 2, 2010. 
  12. ^ LexScene Magazine |url=http://virtual.angstromgraphics.com/publication/?i=32029

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