Entertainment June 29, 2018
She's more than just her family name.
Many might know Lauren Bush as the granddaughter of former President George H.W. Bush and the niece of President George W. Bush. However, there’s more to know about her than her family’s presidential fame.
Bush has been in the public eye for most of her life, but being born into a political family and dynasty didn’t define her whole life. She’s made a name for herself in the fashion world as a model, but then as a formidable actress and entrepreneur, which is why we’re honoring her today.
Bush is more than just a pretty face. She’s worked on her education and to insert herself into the workforce from an early age.
During her senior year of high school, she interned for the hit television show “Friends.” However, her love for fashion led her to study fashion design at Central Saints Martins College of Arts and Design. Then she went on to receive her degree in anthropology from Princeton University in 2006. Talk about an impressive resume.
Even as a teen she was a hard worker. She was signed by Elite Model Management in 1997 at the age of 13. She had her debut as a debutante in Dior’s haute couture gown in Paris before gracing the covers of Vogue and Vanity Far and getting to model for huge names like Tommy Hilfiger. Thanks to her love of fashion, she made Vogue’s best-dressed list in 2005.
After her successful modeling career, Bush added designer to her growing list of accomplishments. She debuted her fashion line, Lauren Pierce, in the spring of 2009.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, Bush said that she wanted her fashion to have meaning, “I’ve always loved design and had an interest in fashion the fashion world, but to me, it’s important that the clothes do good and stand for something,” she said.
By partnering with a women’s causes for each of her collections, Lauren used that as a way to give back. With her 2009 collection, Lauren partnered up with Women for Women International, an organization that teaches women in the Democratic Republic of Congo how to hand-dry fabrics. Additionally, 10 percent of the proceeds went to supporting the skilled workers.
At the time of the fashion line’s launch, she said the company used sustainable materials like hemp silk and organic cotton.
“It’s less about, ‘I have to be an eco line,’” she told W Magazine. “But if I was going to make a line, it was important that it was about low-impact fabrics.”
Bush became interested in charity work starting in high school, according to the New York Times. She began her journey as an honorary student spokeswoman for the U.N. World Food Programme. In 2007 she co-founded and became CEO of FEED Projects, a non-profit organization that uses proceeds from branded products like bags and accessories to feed children around the world. Each purchase comes with a stamped number on the product letting the customer know how many meals that purchase will provide.
Bush told Fortune that she didn’t just want FEED Projects to be a non-profit, but a successful business. “Our main mode is to be a business,” she said. “The more we can grow our business, the more we can do, the more we can donate.”
According to the official website, the effort is still going strong, with over 100 million meals provided. The company has also partnered with the United Nations, No Kid Hungry and Feeding America.
Sorry people, but this badass woman is in fact off the market. Lauren married David Lauren, son of designer Ralph Lauren, in 2011. The couple welcomed son James in 2015 and son Max earlier this year.
She now goes by Lauren Bush Lauren, much to our disappointment that she would have two first names.
Politics might always be something that defines her and her family, but she learned to build a name for herself through her love of fashion and activism work.
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