Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Laura started a modeling career in her early teens and quickly became a popular Brazilian swimsuit model. In 2005 Laura moved to San Diego, California where she attended college and continued to model swimwear.
In 2006, Laura moved to Los Angeles and started to design her own swimwear collection, focusing on style and fashion, but also on fit, feel, and function. She researched and secured the required infrastructure (Operations, Manufacturing and Logistics) in Brazil to support her vision, and within months she was introduced her hot swimwear collection to boutiques in Beverly Hills and beach cities along the Southern California coast. Quickly Laura’s unique designs and exclusive styles gained popularity and spread to other markets across the U.S, such as: Hawaii, Arizona, Miami, Texas and New York.
Today Laura is busy with her booming modeling career, gracing the covers of major publications like Maxim, LatinTrends, DTM, OYE, FHM and Rukus. This Brazilian beauty has also appeared in multiple forms of national and international media like HBO and different Music Videos and Commercials. But Laura’s true passion is focused around her swimwear collection, from exploring new fabrics to creating new styles for her customers. In an interview with Laura Soares, Soul Brasil magazine asks some additional questions to her.
SB – When you first hear or read the name Soul Brasil and what came first in your mind?
LS – The Soul of Brazil and consequently the passion of the Brazilian people, the perseverance of the country, the richness of the culture, the festive energy and the proud spirit.
SB – What does “Happiness” signify for you?
LS – To me is to be surrounded by the people I love. Both of my parents have passed away so it’s very important that my sisters, who still live in Brazil, and I continue to find ways to stay close and share our lives. I’ve been fortunate enough to find the man of my dreams who has welcomed me into his family with two precious kids and with whom together our family will grow.
SB – What is your planning and vision for your future?
LS – My focus for now is my swimwear business and modeling career, both of which I thoroughly enjoy and will continue to pursue. However, a new passion which I really enjoy is hosting and acting. My latest acting debut look was “Garota Eu Fui Pra California”. It’s a sitcom in portuguese about a young and diverse group of Brazilian people living a fabulous life in L.A. The premier was last July 23rd on ITV (open digital TV channel). In addition I’m working on hosting my own variety show…stay tuned. As far as longer term I don’t like to plan it too much. Just as long as I’m surrounded by the people I love and pursuing my passions, life will feel fulfilling rewarding.