Soldotna woman finds success with modeling

Small town to big time

Posted: Tuesday, January 02, 2007


  Laura Hinz Photo courtesy of Laura Hinz

Laura Hinz

Photo courtesy of Laura Hinz

Laura Hinz has grown from a young home-schooled girl with dreams of performing ballet to a 19-year-old runway model.

Raised on the Kenai Peninsula, she calls both Soldotna and Los Angeles her home, though she has been living in L.A. for almost a year. Walking down the runway is mostly what she’s doing these days, and it hasn’t always been easy.

“The more and more I do it, the easier it gets,” Hinz said. “I’m a really shy person and getting into modeling has helped me overcome my shyness and be more outgoing.”

It took a few tries for Hinz’s modeling career to take off. A model and talent search in Soldotna was her first attempt at landing a job, but with no results. She refused to let that deter her and decided to take her modeling future into her own hands.

“I sent some pictures on my own to some modeling agencies and got a reply from Major Model Management in New York, one of the top 10 modeling agencies,” Hinz said. “They brought me and my mother to New York, and I started working for them.”

After the two-month stint in New York, she signed a two-year contract with Coran Management in Italy and then returned to Alaska. After some time spent in Soldotna with her family, Hinz has moved on to her current modeling job in Los Angeles

Hinz’s favorite modeling gig so far has been with Integrity, a private skin care and eyelash extension boutique in Old Pasadena, Calif. The Web site,, features Hinz on several of its pages. She also has made her debut on television on the Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency, a new reality show on the Oxygen network.

Alaska has provided Hinz several opportunities to model. Her family had a chance to watch her in action at the Anderson Bride and Groom show in Anchorage. She also has modeled wedding dresses for Alaska Bride and Groom magazine.

Coming from a family of 11, Hinz receives tremendous support from home.

“She has always been very artistic and very good at whatever she did,” said Jane Hinz about her daughter. “I had no doubt that no matter what she wanted to do, she’d do it well.”

Hinz’s career in modeling is blooming, but she has plans of traveling when she’s finished.

“I was going for my pilot’s license because I really wanted to travel,” she said. “Then I figured I could do some modeling while I’m young and get my pilot’s license when I’m done with that.”

Besides flying, her favorite things to do in Alaska are kayaking and fishing.

“I like king fishing better than halibut,” she said. “My biggest king was 55 pounds.”

In January, Hinz will display cars for Audi at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

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