'I'm lucky': model Stone's support for abuse survivors

The Age, News. Model Lara Stone in Melbourne as guest of Crown for The Melbourne Cup.Pic Simon Schluter 6 November 2017.
The Age, News. Model Lara Stone in Melbourne as guest of Crown for The Melbourne Cup.Pic Simon Schluter 6 November 2017.

Supermodel Lara Stone considers herself one of the "lucky" ones, as revelations about sexual harassment and abuse in the modelling and entertainment industries continue to emerge almost daily.

"I am very lucky to say nothing untoward has happened to me personally. You hear stories, people gossip but with the stories coming out it's really sad these girls have to go through that. It should just never happen."

Stone, 33, is in Melbourne as a guest of Emirates and the Victoria Racing Club for Tuesday's Melbourne Cup.

The Dutch supermodel, famous for her gap-tooth pout and unconventional features, has worked with many of the world's top photographers, including Mario Testino and, more controversially, Terry Richardson, who was recently reportedly banned by publisher Conde Naste over sexual harassment allegations. Richardson has denied the claims.

Although Stone wouldn't comment on Richardson specifically, she said she was happy women "are finally feeling strong enough to tell these stories. It's incredibly brave ... and it's really sad when people feel they can't talk about it. It's really important all this comes to light. That massive abuse of power is always wrong."

Stone is considered a veteran of the industry, having been discovered while riding the Paris Metro as a teenager. Her career really took off in 2006, when she signed with powerhouse agency IMG and was booked by Givenchy and Calvin Klein.

In 2007, her biggest break came from French Vogue, which put her on the cover of its April issue under then editor Carine Roitfeld, one of fashion's most powerful women. She has since featured in campaigns for top fashion houses and beauty giant L'Oreal.

Stone said she has not overcommitted to work recently to allow her to spend more time with her four-year-old son, Alfred, who she shares with her ex-husband, comedian David Walliams.

Stone said it's harder to book work overseas now her son is in school.

"I like being at home with him and doing all the 'mum things'," she said.

She said the biggest change to her work in the past few years has been the pressure to share everything on social media.

"My agents bully me into it all the time. I like to take a break from it on occasion because you are so glued to your phone all the time," Stone said.

Stone said she hopes her account shows her 683,000 Instagram followers the real her.

"It's a great way you can be yourself. I don't just see myself as a model in a picture and so it's nice to be a [personality]."

Stone had a small part in the 2016 Absolutely Fabulous film but said she has no further acting ambitions at this stage.

"I don't think it's for me, I get a little shy," Stone said. "I like the way things are going at the moment. When I don't have my son with me I travel and do stuff like this, it's really fun. I do my usual shoots but focus on spending time with my son."

During her brief visit to Melbourne, she planned to visit Healesville Sanctuary to see Australian animals, including her favourite, koalas.

A keen traveller, Stone said she loves the journey to Australia and feeling "upside down" due to the time difference, but has still not seen as much of the world as she desires.

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"I have this app called Been and ... it told me I have only been to 29 per cent of the world and I am really not OK with that. "I love South America and I haven't been there enough."

On Cup Day, Stone will appear at the Emirates marquee and the VRC's 1 Oliver St and will watch the main race with VRC chairwoman Amanda Elliott.

"First we were going by name. My favourite was Who Shot the Barman but he's out ... so I am going with the underdog, Gallante."

Currently at 101:1 odds, Stone may have to get lucky again.

This story 'I'm lucky': model Stone's support for abuse survivors first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.