Laura Ellen James is an American fashion model. She was a contestant on cycle 19 of ANTM in 2012, where she was declared the winner.
Laura was born and raised in Cambridge, New York. She is the daughter of actor John James, best known for portraying Jeff Colby on the 1980s soap opera "Dynasty". Her mother is Australian model Denise Coward, second runner-up in Miss World 1978. She has a younger brother, Philip James. Prior to the show, Laura studied at Paul Smith's College, studying Hotel Resort Tourism Management.
Laura represented Paul Smith's College. She was the third girl called to the final cast.
Throughout the competition, she was seen as one of the front-runners, receiving three first call-outs for the zombie shoot in episode four, the steampunk shoot in episode six, and the prison shoot in episode eight. She also won three challenges for her scholarship bank.
She appeared in the bottom two three times. The first with Allyssa in episode seven, then In Jamaica, in episodes ten and eleven, she was with Kristin and Nastasia. For the latter, there was only a 0.3 difference in the girls scores.
At the final runway at Rose Hall, Laura struggled with her runway walk, and at panel, she was criticized for her stiff walk, yet praised for her Nine West photo. In the end, Laura received the highest total average of 41.2, beating Leila's 35.2 and Kiara's 36.6.
She also appeared in the finale episode of the first Boys & Girls cycle.
As part of her win, she was offered modeling contracts with New York Model Management and L.A. Models. She became the face of Dream Come True, won a spread in Nylon, had campaigns with Nine West and Smashbox Cosmetics, and a $100,000 cash prize as well as the $30,000 she earned from her challenge wins to be used to pay off her education.
Her other magazines include Sequel, Sessions, Gleam, Kismet, Hacid, Satellite, Santa Barbara Life & Style, Bella NYC and CS Modern Luxury. She also modeled for Range Rovers, Miss Scarlett Boutique, Whitney Eve, Urban Expressions Handbags, Rogue Eyewear and Fit by Leblon.
She has been an actress in several movies, including "The Lost Day", "Hello Ladies" and "Nano", as well as television shows "Grandfathered", "The Young and the Restless", "American Woman", and as Molly Hicks in the series "S.W.A.T.".
- Her, Leila and Destiny are the first girls to receive a score of five in a challenge.
- She is the first girl to be given a score of nine by a judge in panel.
- She had the highest average score of all the girls in cycle 19, with an even 39.
|ANTM: College Edition Contestants|
Allyssa Vuelma • Brittany Brown • Darian Ellis • Destiny Strudwick • Jessie Rabideau • Kiara Belen • Kristin Kagay • Laura James • Leila Goldkuhl • Maria Tucker • Nastasia Scott • Victoria Henley • Yvonne Powless