© 2003-2007, Lauren
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- A synopsis
of Lauren's upcoming autobiography, "DANSE SAUVAGE - The Life &
Times of International Transsexual, Lauren Foster"
a roller coaster ride that hasn't quite screeched to a halt,
"DANSE SAUVAGE" chronicles the life of
an international model and jet set party girl named Lauren.
by Warhol Superstar Holly Woodlawn as the "It Girl"
for the transgender community, Lauren emerged from a teenage
labyrinth mired in gender identity issues, while growing up in
colonial South Africa during the 1960s. With the love and support
of her family, Lauern comes to grips with the countless challenges
she faces in making the physical and emotional changes needed
to bring who she really is to the surface. After enduring what
was, then, a very experimental procedure, she goes on to become
a successful international photographic and runway model, landing
in the pages of VOGUE MAGAZINE.
Then, on the brink of stardom, the life she'd worked for is shattered
when she is blindsided by the bullet of a misfired pistol.
a cat with nine lives, Lauren lands on her feet, picks up the
pieces and goes on to rebuild her world into a glittering mosaic
inside the upper echelon of New York's social scene and the international
jet set. She reveals a captivating and anecdotal snapshot of
life in the fast lane -- whether serving as confidante to Prince
Egon Von Furstenburg and other rich and infamous regulars at
Studio 54, partying at the Playboy Mansion with Hugh Hefner,
stuck in a Viennese elevator with Grace Jones, dodging traffic
with Boy George, modeling minks for Hollywood Wives or playing
the heavy for the most powerful promoter on the gay party circuit.
inspirational and equally provocative autobiography is not a
kiss and tell tragedy, but rather a success story that's still
very much a life in progress. Its' frank and highly enlightening
discussion about life as a transsexual woman should be required
reading for anyone facing, or working to solve, gender identity
issues. Meanwhile, fans of juicy celebrity gossip will relish
in Lauren's first-hand descriptions of her adventures on the
"A-List" and her liaisons with movie stars and international
rounds out her roller-coaster story by discussing the life and
times of a 21st century transsexual woman, detailing how perceptions
may (or may not) have evolved. Never one to stray from glamour,
luxury and a sprinkling of scandal, Lauren brings readers up-to-date
on her marriage, her current endeavors as patient coordinator
to a top New York plastic surgeon, a successful career in marketing
and entertainment consultant, part-time movie star and counseling
juvenile runaways facing gender identity issues.
readers turn the final page, they will know Lauren as someone
who's truly more than a woman. Her tale proves that the key to
a wonderful life is always knowing and nurturing one's real self,
even if fate and Mother Nature didn't.
by: Christopher Kingry
for this page...
"A woman is
sometimes her own, best muse"
and high school sweetheart. 1976. Post SRS.
- Lauren was born
on December 4, 1957 and attended school in Durban, South Africa.
At the age of 9 she realized that her sexual identity did not
match her gender. In 1974 she abandoned her male names and assumed
the name of Lauren Shipton.
- With the love and
support of her family and friends, Lauren transitioned at the
early age of 18. Lauren's SRS was by performed by Dr. Derk Crichton
(A famous SRS surgeon in South Africa) She left home and began
working as a model in Johannesburg.
- Lauren's career
took off after her SRS. From about 1979 to 1988 she was a successful
fashion model, featured regularly in newspapers, magazines and
advertisements. Her big break came in 1980 when she was hired
by VOGUE magazine to do a 6 page fashion editorial. Lauren's
illustrious career as an international model and actress spanned
12 years. She was outed by the tabloid rag SCOPE after a model
in Paris divulged her secret to the press.
Vogue Magazine, 1980
Scope Magazine, 1984
- She was hounded
by the press, persecuted by tabloid journalists and photographers
asking unbelievably ignorant questions. This was the beginning
of her role as a gender activist and she was internationally
recognized for her role in the trans-community.
- In New York, fashion
editors chose the American transsexual Teri Toye as the girl
of the '80s and months later the American magazine CIRCULATE
dedicated six of its' pages to the South African born model,
- She has also acted
in independent movies. Having worked the velvet ropes at some
of the hottest parties in Hollywood she was asked by Director
Dirk Shafer to do a cameo, as herself, in his new movie "CIRCUIT".
Click on this link to see Lauren in her latest role. Go to "Clips"
and click on "Rick is in Rehab".
courtesy of Kevin Scott Hees. 2001.
Magazine (left); YSL Magazine (right)
10 years as an event coordinator in Los Angeles, working with
Grace Jones, Drew Barrymore, Boy George, The Pet Shop Boys and
Natalie Cole, to name a few.
partying with Boy George. New Years Eve 2001.
South Beach, Miami
moved to New York in 2002
(NEXT magazine interviewed her and put her on their cover)
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