After scouring hundreds of submissions, we are so excited to introduce this year’s Jo+Jax Model Search Winner: Lauren Yakima!
“We love finding models who are outgoing, positive, charismatic, and happy,” says Jo+Jax founder Joey Dowling-Fakhrieh. “Our brand has always expressed strong, expressive, standout designs. We want our models to have those attributes as well—and Lauren does!”
If her last name sounds familiar, that’s because Lauren is the younger sister of “So You Think You Can Dance” winner Amy Yakima. But Lauren’s no ordinary little sis and she’s definitely not living in Amy’s shadow. Lauren is super talented, has incredible lines, and is—as you can see—totally gorgeous. Later this year, she’ll come to New York City for her official Jo+Jax photo shoot! In the meantime, get to know the newest face of Jo+Jax…
Name: Lauren Yakima
Hometown: Northville, MI
Dance studio: Noretta Dunworth School of Dance in Dearborn, MI
Favorite dance style: Contemporary
Standout dance moments: National Junior Elite Champion at West Coast Dance Explosion, National Mini Elite West Coast Dance Explosion Champion, Hollywood Vibe National Junior Dancer of the Year, and played the role of Clara in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in Nashville
Favorite food: “My dad’s Greek chicken”
Favorite TV show: “Grey’s Anatomy” Derek! 🙁
Favorite movie: Mulan
Favorite dance teacher: “Noretta Dunworth, of course!”
Weirdest thing in her dance bag: “Lots of smashed up snacks at the bottom!”
Dance dreams: “To become a professional dancer and well-respected choreographer. And I really hope ‘SYTYCD’ is still auditioning in five years!”
Want to follow in Lauren’s pretty, pointed footsteps the next time the Jo+Jax Model Search comes around? “Enter the contest on the first day and share it on social media as much as you can without being annoying!” Lauren says.