Working on the runway alongside her mother as a child and appearing in a spread in Italian Vogue, the world saw Lauren Wasser as a rising young model. But in 2012 Lauren made headlines when she nearly lost her life to TSS – Toxic Shock Syndrome. When using a tampon like she normally would (& as instructed), she contracted the life-threatening disease. Lauren suffered a 107-degree fever and was placed in a medically induced coma. After fighting through kidney failure and two heart attacks, with less than a 1% chance of survival, she finally woke up a week and a half later to a changed life. She left the hospital 3 months after recovering and having her right leg amputated; still enduring excruciating pain in her left. After years of agony, Lauren made the personal decision in 2018 to amputate her left leg. When she made this decision, she finally was able to take back control of her life.
Lauren quickly embraced her new legs and made them a spectacle of gold for people to see, appreciate, and even learn from. After growing up surrounded by models and rare beauty, she has come to establish herself as one. Her story was published with Vice for the world to see. Press began flooding in, capturing the story of amputee model – Lauren Wasser, the woman who opened the conversation around women’s feminine hygiene safety. She became Lauren Wasser: a model, actress, and activist. By the end of 2017, Lauren had been added to the elite Forbes’ 30 under 30 list.
Lauren launched her “new legs” in 2018 at September’s New York Fashion Week. Vogue Magazine quickly dubbed her as “fashion’s girl with the golden legs.” She has since made headlines in opening scenes of Rihanna’s Fenty X Savage fashion shows, was the face of a global skincare campaign for Shiseido, closed the Louis Vuitton 2023 Sunset Cruise runway show, and can be seen on countless magazine covers across the globe. Lauren has recently had quite an impact in the fashion world as she has toured the world for international fashion weeks working with high-end brands such as Off-White, Givenchy, Chloe, Dolce and Gabbana, and Giorgio Armani to name a few. Her personal style exhibits her own eclectic mix of name-brand pieces and second-hand purchases.
Since the life-threatening experience, Lauren has relaunched her career by dedicating her life to educating women about their hygiene products and consistently fighting for women’s rights. She was recently named Harper Bazaar’s UK and Glamour Germany’s ‘Woman of the Year.’ Lauren is now in the process of filming her documentary of her comeback journey, (will be publicly announced shortly).
Lauren now loves to stay active; from playing basketball, doing pilates, or going for a run. She aspires to run in the Los Angeles Marathon next year. The girl with the golden legs has only just begun. Lauren Wasser represents to the world that beauty can be found in diversity and in a person’s uniqueness; she shows the world to never stop chasing your dreams!