Lauren Katherine Conrad (born February 1, 1986), often referred to as "L.C.", is an American reality television star and fashion design student.She is best known for her role in the MTV reality series Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County and The Hills.
Lauren Conrad was born in Laguna Beach, California to James (Jim) and Katherine (née Lawrence) Conrad. Conrad has a younger sister, Breanna Christine Conrad (featured in Laguna Beach season three),, and a younger brother. Conrad lived with her family in Laguna Beach throughout her childhood and high school years.
Reality TV career
In early February 2004, during her senior year at Laguna Beach High School, MTV began filming Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County, which followed the personal lives of Conrad and seven other Laguna Beach teens.
Conrad entered Academy of Art University in the fall of 2004.She met Heidi Montag (Conrad`s co-star in The Hills) at freshmen orientation and the two immediately became friends.After only one semester, Conrad left San Francisco and moved back to her parents` house.Conrad transferred to the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles and worked as an intern at Three Dots clothing company beginning in early 2005.
She also briefly dated Jason Wahler, also a Laguna Beach cast member. Conrad was featured on the second season of Laguna Beach,filmed over a period of approximately eight months beginning in December of 2004.
In summer 2005, Conrad moved into a Los Angeles apartment with new roommate Heidi Montag.Conrad continued her studies at the Fashion Institute and started an internship at Teen Vogue. MTV began filming Conrad for a new reality series, The Hills, which was announced in the fall of 2005. Around that time, Conrad resumed dating Wahler, who also moved to Los Angeles from Laguna Beach.When Teen Vogue offered Conrad an opportunity to spend the summer of 2006 working in Paris, she turned it down so that she could spend time with Wahler. Conrad and Wahler stayed together until the beginning of August 2006.
MTV renewed The Hills for a second season, which filmed from late summer of 2006 through February of 2007. Throughout that time the friendship between Conrad and Montag deteriorated as Montag increasingly spent her time with new boyfriend, Spencer Pratt.By February 2007, Audrina Patridge, another co-star on The Hills, replaced Montag as Conrad`s roommate after Montag moved into a separate apartment with Pratt, effectively ending the friendship.
In April 2007, rumors circulated that former boyfriend, Jason Wahler, was planning to sell a sex tape he allegedly made with Conrad when they were a couple. Wahler, who was in rehab when the rumors began, denied the existence of the tape and blamed the rumors on Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt..Conrad also denied the existence of any sex tape and posted a message on her official website stating, "Jason and I are both shocked and hurt that people would say such horrible things about us. I can`t believe that somebody would go to such great lengths to try to damage my reputation". According to a conversation between Lauren and Heidi on The Hills, Spencer was responsible for the rumor. In an episode on The Hills, Brody confirmed it was Spencer.
Conrad`s interest in fashion design began at a very young age, when a neighbor taught her to draw and helped her make clothes for her Barbie doll.This passion led her to the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Conrad attended for one semester but eventually transferred to the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, where she currently majors in product development.
Conrad landed an internship at Teen Vogue while filming season one of The Hills. According to Lisa Love, the West Coast editor of Vogue who evaluated Conrad for the internship position, the reality star had to interview successfully in order to get the job, "regardless of what the cameras wanted."
Conrad and her reality show appearances have been credited with improving sales of Teen Vogue.It was reported in March 2007 that, since the second season of The Hills began airing in mid-January, newsstand sales for the magazine increased by double digits over 2006 sales.
In January 2007, Conrad was named the first official spokesperson of "mark.", a line created by Avon and marketed towards young women. She will partner with "mark." and collaborate in both beauty and fashion initiatives. She will be featured in the brand’s magalog (a combination magazine and catalog reaching over six million customers every month), and in the "mark" online community. A line of exclusive co-branded items are part of future plans and will be available on the website and through "mark." representatives.
Conrad appeared on the cover of the June/July 2006 issue of Teen Vogue magazin
Full Name at Birth
Lauren Katherine Conrad
Lauren Katherine Conrad Tell
Date of Birth
Westwood, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Claim to Fame
The Hills and Laguna Beach