Ann Lauren is an American model, actress, on-air radio personality, correspondent, and host known for Hollywood First Look Features. Ann Lauren’s pageant and modeling career began in her early teens. At age 15, she won the first-ever, held “Petite Beauty Pageant” produced by Stephen Douglas of NewStyle Communications. The 5’2″ former beauty queen is one of a few petite models to be signed by Ford Models Los Angeles. Appearing in dozens of recognizable brands’ editorial media campaigns such as Anastasia of Beverly Hills and Yves Saint Laurent.
Career and Advocacy
Ann Lauren began a career of fashion advocacy in her early teens when she traded in her pageant crown and partnered with a producer to create USA Petites. The first national beauty pageant system exclusively for petite women 5’5″ tall and shorter. At age 16, Ann Lauren became one of the youngest CEOs who founded the international petite women’s model and fashion movement and beauty pageants. That rapidly grew to a million members as she traveled around the United States, producing and hosting hundreds of beauty pageants and modeling shows.
Lauren is recognized for challenging the establishment’s fashion, modeling, and beauty pageant industries’ systemic ethnic and height discrimination and body shaming campaigns, media biases status quo, shown in fashion magazines, beauty pageants, and fashion week runways.
Laurens’ fashion and beauty advocacy leadership empowered women of all heights, breaking down body stereotypes, height discrimination, and biased racial standards established by the mainstream magazines, fashion designers, modeling agencies, and beauty pageant systems. These discriminatory practices are the pillars of these industries demonstrated by stringent height and body requirements and their infamous fabled history of racial discrimination and body shaming.
In 1998, Ann Lauren created the first and only nationally televised USA Petite Model Show in the world with Emmy Award-Winning BAFTA Producer and Director Christopher Toyne. The show was co-hosted, by Patrick Muldoon of Melrose Place and Ann Lauren with special guest host star Audrey Landers of Dallas. Patrick Muldoon is the only actor ever to hold an exclusive development deal with Spelling Entertainment. Muldoon co-produced and developed programming with Aaron Spelling Television Vice President Tony Shepherd, and their television projects included the USA Petite Model Show. The show was filmed on-location, at Caesars Palace Las Vegas on the renowned Colosseum Circus Maximus Showroom stage, in The Forum Shops and sponsored by Cartier. The television-special broadcast aired on WWOR and WGN Superstations distributed by Spelling Television Worldvision.
The show crowned the first African-American National pageant titleholders and petite models; Angela Brown (5’2″), Paulette Szymoniak (5’5″ in the middle), along with Andi Danielle (5’4″). Decades later in 2019 the “Big Four” Miss America, Miss USA, Miss Universe, Miss World, and Miss Teen USA pageants all crowned African winners.
On May 12, 2016, at the Fonda Theater in Hollywood, Ann Lauren was the red carpet host for Adopt The Arts with an all-access pass to the behind-the-scenes at the live concert event simulcast live streaming world premiere exclusive video release. In association with Khool Media, Inc., and Matt’s Sorums’ Adopt The Arts, Concert. Sorums’, concert roster of rock royalty Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Sex Pistols’ Steve Jones, the Cult’s Billy Duffy, Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler, Stone Temple Pilots’ brothers Robert and Dean DeLeo, Slipknot’s Corey Taylor, and Sorum’s, former GNR bandmate, Gilby Clarke, Cheap Trick vocalist Robin Zander, and Deep Purple frontman Glenn Hughes, the 2016 inductees into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame.
Ann Lauren hosted a live cast on the Bella Petite multimedia complex that released an exclusively licensed fourteen-video series. Lauren produced fundraiser and donation drives to help save music and art for kids with the Adopt The Arts Foundation. Guns n Roses drummer Matt Sorum established the Adopt the Arts program to support arts education in public schools. Sorum set aside his drumsticks at intermissions and hosted a live auction featuring memorabilia, art, jewelry, and autographed guitars. The centerpiece of the auction, donated by Joe Perry of the legendary rock band Aerosmith, was an autographed guitar, which sold for $11,000. The benefit raised over $100,000 for ATA.