A Model Life in Miami
Lauren Foster, the South African-born beauty is best known as the transgender model-turned-LGBTQ activist who graced the pages of Vogue before anyone even knew she wasn’t born a woman. She has been calling Miami home for a good while now and we met up with her at one of her most frequented spots in the city, on the sand.
How did a girl from South Africa wind up in Miami?
I was living in NYC and was offered a great position in Miami. Actually, my friend Marianne and I were hanging at her apartment one day in Manhattan and she read my cards. The first card she pulled out, she said, “You’re going to be moving. You’re going to be surrounded by water”. New York was becoming tedious and winter was around the corner. Miami looked like an amazing opportunity. I went for it! Marianne was 100% correct. I live in an apartment that hangs over the water.
What do you love most about Miami?
I love when, every time, I land at Miami International and drive across the water to my apartment, all I see is beautiful turquoise water from Biscayne Bay to the Atlantic. I love the way the sun shimmers on the water. It takes my breath away. I also love the people, the diverse culture and most importantly for me, the beach!
What are your favorite spots in Miami?
Soho Beach House, Fox Hole, Bardot, Novikov, the Patio at Space at about 6AM on a Sunday… And, of course, my apartment.
What item in your closet do you wear the most?
I wear bikinis the most, with Caftans by Dri as cover ups, because I’m always at the beach. I wear a lot of Rik Owens at night, with jeans and some vintage pieces.
What should every woman try at least once in her life?
Try telling your significant other that you love him or her.
What brings you the greatest joy?
Celebrating with friends, dates on the beach, traveling, Impressionist art.
What is your beauty secret?
It’s been the same since I was 16 years old: drink tons of water. I keep water on both sides of the bed. I spend a lot of time in the ocean, try to exercise as much as possible, and eat well. I also try to sleep as much as possible because this body needs rejuvenation. Other than that, a visit to Smith & Popov for a few little “tweaks” every 3 months helps. I’m pretty much relying on my genes and hoping it doesn’t all fall apart.
What charity do you support?
I’ve been a GLAAD ally for as long as I can remember. They do amazing work. I’m proud to have worked with them in the past and will continue to support them.
Who are your heroes?
My heroes haven’t changed since I was a kid. My mom, Grace Jones, David Bowie and anyone who lives for love.
What advice do you have for Miami women who are trying to climb the social ladder?
Don’t. Social ladders are pretentious and a myth. They only exist in the minds of vapid people.
What is on your bucket list?
A tree house in the Maldives, a retreat in Nepal, become a better surfer and a pescatarian.