Most of us can recall when the sophisticated yet quirky 18-year-old Lauren Conrad burst onto the Hollywood scene starring in the MTV reality series Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County. The series ran for three seasons and depicted real life situations — from love to college decisions — of several Orange County teenagers. The show was originally narrated by Conrad.
After her departure from Laguna Beach in 2005, she moved to Los Angeles and went on to star in her very own spin-off series, The Hills. This was a coming of age opportunity for the aspiring fashion designer. The show documented the lives of her and friends Heidi Montag, Audrina Patridge, and Whitney Port as they moved their way up in the Hollywood ranks.
It was during Season 1 that Conrad landed an internship with Teen Vogue, eventually allowing the young star to work with several popular brands, although everything was not all peaches and cream during filming. Her relationship with her roommate and friend Montag deteriorated after Montag began dating a young publicist named Spencer Pratt. She admitted that producers pressured her to salvage her relationship with Montag — assumably for TV ratings — and she was not satisfied with this. Kristin Cavallari, former Laguna Beach castmate, would ultimately replace Conrad.
Conrad, 30, has remained under the radar since her departure from the series. She released her first novel LA CANDY in 2009 and has continued to make a name for herself in the fashion arena. She launched her clothing line LC Lauren Conrad in 2009.
Unlike many reality TV stars, Conrad has always managed to do things in good taste. She married 36-year-old musician William Tell in 2014. On January 1, the fashion designer announced they were expecting their first child and revealed an ultrasound via Instagram, captioning the picture:
“Happy New Year! I have a feeling 2017 is going to be the best year yet…”