Model. Advocate. Actress. Author. Real Housewives of Miami. Joseph Lally Films. VOGUE Model. GLAAD Ally.
Foster grew up in the colonial city of Durban, South Africa. Through her early years and puberty, she identified as female and was diagnosed with Klinefelter's syndrome, where, instead of having the traditional XY chromosome pattern, she had the genotype XXY. With the love and support of her family, Lauren began transitioning in her teens. By seventeen, she was receiving hormone therapy, living full-time as a female. Foster's parents were supportive and empathetic, paying for her gender confirming surgery, at the age of 18.
Foster began an active social life as a woman, taking care to conceal her past. A childhood friend remembers, "At this time, I never saw anyone as much a project under construction as Lauren. One usually does that type of evolution on the wings of our personalities, but with Lauren you could almost see the plumbing and the wires as she transitioned in full view, like a chrysalis. She transformed herself and found untold success in her new role. Once her career took her to Europe, she never looked back."
She worked extensively as a model in Europe, South America and the USA, appearing in top magazines such as VOGUE (Mexico). A tabloid journalist contacted her, revealing he had discovered her past, and planned to write about it. Other journalists researched her past, attempting to interview her family members and friends. She gave an interview, on the advice of an agent, thinking it would be better if she took control of the story. The story was picked up by Reuters. Tabloids like BUNTE, GLOBE and other international press ran the story, "REVEALED; VOGUE MODEL WAS A MAN!".
Described by her friend, Warhol Superstar Holly Woodlawn, as the "It Girl for the Trans community", her world in the early 80's was the glittering mosaic of New York's downtown scene. Her liaisons with rockstars, royalty, international politicians and as a confidante to other rich and infamous were tabloid fodder. She was a regular at Studio 54 on the East Coast and the Playboy Mansion on the West. "Whether she's partying at Hugh Hefner's Mansion, stuck in a lift with Grace Jones or modeling minks for Hollywood wives, she remains a Goddess of the radiant night." - London Sunday Times.
She studied at the prestigious Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute, under the tutelage of Sally Kirkland and Mark Marno. For over a decade, Foster played the heavy for Jeffrey Sanker, the most powerful promoter in the underground party circuit. In 2000 she began working with the iconic performer, Grace Jones. In 2001 Foster appeared in a cameo, in Dirk Shafer's eponymous movie "Circuit", which explores the dark side of the underground party scene.
She lives in Miami Beach and Cape Town. She is still modeling, recently appearing in a five-page editorial exclusive for XEX magazine in March 2016. She was photographed with trans rocker Alex Davis, by celebrity imagist Greg Gorman. She is the first transgender woman to be featured regularly on The Real Housewives franchise (Real Housewives of Miami - Seasons 2 & 3). She filmed three biopics with filmmaker Joseph Lally, "FACES", "MISS AMERICA COMMITS SUICIDE", and most recently "INTERNATIONAL STAR" for SHOWstudio/Nick Knight. Not just a pretty face, she had a successful career as PR Director at the prestigious MIAMI Institute for Age Management and Intervention, in the Four Seasons Hotel from 2003-2014. She began working with GLAAD in 2011 and launched the GLAAD Miami Leadership Council, with Omar Sharif Jr and fellow Miami Housewife Marysol Patton. She currently serves as LGBTQ Director at the University of Miami Hospital, working with Dr Christopher Salgado and his trans patients.
Her provocative story is inspirational and still very much a life in progress. Her journey is an example for anyone facing, or working to solve, gender identity issues. She feels that her experience has been blessed, in large part by the unquestioned support and love from her family and close friends.
Foster is currently working on her memoir, "Just Another Girl". To read a teaser excerpt, click here.
To read more about Lauren:
- ADVOCATE: Trans Love Over 50: Of Course it Happens!
- HuffPost Interview Lauren Foster, Transgender Model, And Alex Davis, Transgender Musician, Discuss Trans Issues
- GLAAD Miami Council Launches Thanks to Real Housewives Star Marysol Patton, Transgender Model Lauren Foster and Film Producer Sarah Arison
- OUT Magazine: Lauren Foster Still Serving Face
- Janet Charlton's Hollywood: "REAL MIAMI HOUSEWIFE" Lauren Foster is in Love
- Miami: 'Million Dollar Listing Miami' Premiere Party
- Lynnfam: Exclusive Interview with Lauren Foster – The First Transgender Woman on the Real Housewives Franchise
- Bebi Viral: Lauren Foster - Hottest Transgender Individuals Who Found Success as Female Models
- ODDEE: 10 Hottest Transgender Individuals who Found Success as Female Models
- All Time Best: Top 10 Greatest Transgender Models
- MsErinSita: Lauren Foster: TRANSparent, Unfiltered and Glamor Galore
- Imeanwhat: Lauren Foster: Coming Out Again
- Showstudio: Lauren Foster - The Home of Fashion Film
- Outsmart Magazine: South African model Lauren Foster’s career becomes more fashionable.
- Miami: GLAAD activist and transgender model Lauren Foster and underwear model Johna Myers channels Versace with a new fashion forward party at Haven Lounge
- Page Six: Miami 'Housewife' Affair
- Transgriot: The Long Stylish Line of Trans Models
- The Crimson: From April to Lea
- The Rainbow Hub: Miami Trans Woman Kristina Gomez Reinwald Slain, Police Search For Killer
- iRealHousewives: Exclusive Interview with Lauren Foster!
- Freshgrads: 7 Hottest Transsexual Female Models Around the World
- NewYorkSocialDiary: “Trending” Fashion, Fashion Week and More ...
- Tgreporter: Lauren in New Film
- All4Women: 10 Amazing Transgender Models
- StarGala: Lifetime Achievement Honorees 2015
- TBB Reality Interview with Lauren Foster and her film with Corey Cann
- Lauren Foster chat with tglife.com