Lara Stone was born to a Dutch mother and an English father in the town of Geldrop, the Netherlands and grew up in Mierlo, Netherlands.First discovered in the Paris Metro when she was 12, she then went on to participate in the Elite Model Look competition at age 15. She became the primary choice for editorials and advertising campaigns after signing with IMG in 2006. Lara is not a fan of the runway because of her unusually small feet of someone of her size. Because the shoes are usually too big for her, she sometimes goes down the runway thinking "Do not fall, do not fall!" (from Vogue Paris interview Feb 09). Lara Stone was made Models.com #1 on the Top 50 List in February 2010.