Charlene Laurent is a model, actress and comedian who is known for her work with Maxim Magazine, 100 Percent, Dote, 8 Other Reasons and many more. She rose to fame with her modeling work after she got nominated as one of the top 15 covergirls for Maxim Magazine in 2019. She is working on short movies and the launch of her comedy career. One of her recent works includes a show called “100 Percent” with Team Playback. It is hard to miss Charlene Laurent, from front row fashion shows with Nick Cannon, to walking red carpets at award shows or being an official ambassador for LA fashion week.
As a model, she has confirmed walking the show for international Designer Dair Design for Art Hearts Fashion Week in the fall, including many others. “It was supposed to be this season but the virus postponed it.” Charlene.
Follow Charlene at @charlenlaurent
Hi Charlene, please tell us a little about you?
I’m a model, actress and an upcoming comedian.
Describe yourself in 3 words?
Emotional, faithful and focused.
Name one your strengths?
I am very determined and focused. If I want something I dedicate everything to doing it and reaching my goal.I don’t give up. I have faith in myself and my work. I research, study and plan as much as I can to get to the goal I want to reach.
Best advice ever given?
Don’t give up! If you want something go for it! Don’t care what others think. Have faith in yourself and your work and go and get it. Never ever give up, if you want something you can get it.
Who has been the biggest influence on your life?
My mother has been my biggest influence and inspiration. Her faith in herself and how she taught me to be an independent and strong woman is what impacted and inspired me the most.
How and when did you start into modeling?
I started a few years ago because photographers reached out to me for test shoots and the ball just started rolling. Soon after companies started reaching out about modeling and shooting for them.
What is fun and rewarding about modeling? And what is not?
I love expressing different emotions on set. It’s fun to meet new people who love creativity and art as much as I do.
What did you learn from your biggest failure?
Even if failures happened in my life, I learned to never give up. It just made me and my faith stronger.
The most important thing when you are shooting is?
It’s important for me that the photographers take pictures that showcase the art of the picture. Art is always the biggest factor for me. The camera has to catch the art and story of the shot.
Tell us about the feeling to be nominated as one of the Top 15 Maxim’s covergirls?Congrats!!
It was amazing and such an honor. I love companies like Maxim because they give strong independent women a platform to start in the entertainment industry.
What’s your advice for the newer models?
Have faith in yourself! Believe in your work and take the right way in this industry. Even if it takes longer than expected, be patient and know your moment will come.
What book should every entrepreneur read?
“The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey
What part of your job do you find the most challenging?
Every job has its challenges. One of the challenges may be patience sometimes. Not everything is as easy as it seems but being patient and having faith will help you stay motivated in this industry.
What would say are the greatest lessons you learned so far?
Life. Life itself is a big lesson. Living life with every taste of every stage you could possibly experience is a big lesson. Looking back on bad and good memories teaches everyone a lot and gives you a lot of life experience. It teaches you how to appreciate things more. You can also look back on those moments, where you felt like you broke, but in reality it just made you stronger.
Now tell us about your career as a comedian?
I got into comedy because I loved watching comedians who made me laugh. I started writing my own sets and will perform in the fall. The world is in such a bad stage right now, which is why making people laugh is a gift of God for me. Taking away their worries and letting them escape their worlds even for just a second is the most rewarding gift as an artist.
Any plans in the future for comedy in Hollywood or on TV?
Yes, absolutely! That’s what I’m working towards. I would love to be on comedy central or be involved in some sort of big Hollywood comedy production.
What actor/actress do you admire the most, and why?
I love Dwayne Johnson. He is such an amazing actor and person. His story is inspiring and how he always pushed for bigger things in his life. The fact that he can play any character he wants is also very inspiring. He is super talented and you always feel touched after seeing his work.
What’s next for Charlene Laurent in 2020?
I am walking shows for LA fashion week in the fall and am super excited about it. I have some print projects planned as well and am shooting acting projects on the side. One thing I am super excited about is the launch of stand up comedy in the fall! My set is based on life experiences and will be very relatable.
Which magazine or project is still on your bucket list?
I would love to shoot with VOGUE and Sports Illustrated someday.
In five years from now, where do you see yourself and your career?
I see myself at the highest point I can personally be. My faith will help me to be at the highest point of myself and being the highest version of myself. I am grateful and appreciate my strong intuition because my intuition and my soul tell me which steps to take in order to grow.
Now talking about Instagram, can you share some tips for keeping your Instagram account interesting?
I would say take cool pictures with cool outfits. High quality is a must and collaborating with photographers can definitely. Go and find cool locations. Cool buildings, a coffee shop or even a small street that looks artistic can make your pictures stand out. Also, replying to comments and engaging with your followers definitely helps to connect with your fanbase!
What is your favorite healthy food?
I love vegan meals like veggies on rice or avocado salad.
And your favorite cheat food?
I love pizza!
What is your own definition of happiness?
Waking up in the morning, opening my eyes and saying hi to the world. That’s the biggest gift God can give me. To live and love the world with my heart and seeing and enjoying the beauty of the world.
What is your workout routine these days?
I love yoga. I workout everyday and either do yoga to sculpt and relax or do a fun dance toning workout. Working out has to be fun and relaxing for me. That’s what motivates me to keep going!
Who is your biggest beauty inspiration?
I learned everything I know regarding beauty and makeup by Nikkietutorials on YouTube.
What does fashion mean to you?
Fashion is art to me. You can express how you feel by wearing different pieces that have a meaning to you.
Who are some of your favorite models and designers, and why?
My favorite model of all time is Giselle Buendchen because she is a natural beauty and down to earth. My favorite designer is Olivier Rousteing. I love his classy and elegant looks and designs.
How would you explain your fashion style and what items in your closet can you not be without?
I would describe my style as elegant, classy and edgy. I have to have a classy suit or blazer, black tight jeans, skinny leather pants, white and black crop tops, thigh high boots and black platform heels.
If you could meet someone living or dead, who would it be and why?
A really nice grandfather, who could teach me a lot based on his experience and wiseness.
What would be the dream holiday, and who would you go with?
Lake Tahoe and I would go with my mom and brother.
What do you like to watch on Tv?
Grey’s Anatomy, Gilmore Girls, Oprah, and Steve Harvey.
What music do you like?
Every genre has great songs. I listen to a lot of pop and RnB music.
Do you support any charity?
Yes! I am a big supporter of The Downtown Women’s Center (DWC), who are dedicated to helping women in homelessness or women are about to become homeless. I found the organization through an event that was over the summer with Bumble.
3 things you can’t leave home without?
iPhone, allergy pills and eye drops.
Idea of a perfect Sunday?
Working out, spending time with my family, getting brunch with my family and going for a nice walk in nature to relax.
Where we can follow you?
Quote: ”Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself.” – Charlie Chaplin
Holiday Destination: Aspen
Drink: Shirley Temple
Celebrity Crush: I don’t really have one but I like athletic men.
Favorite song? Why? Anything by Sam Smith because he is just as emotional as I am and does a perfect job explaining feelings and that’s ok to feel those feelings because we are human.
Sports Team: Lakers
Movie: Fast & Furious.
Photo Credit: Jimmy Romano