Before she gained fame as the runner-up of America's Next Top Model 13, Laura Kirkpatrick worked as a waitress and studied art at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky. She then found the opportunity to fulfill her dream of becoming a model upon hearing about the reality competition casting petite models. Known as the season for the Shorties, cycle 13 of the hit series premiered with its new twist of including models 5’7” or under. She became one of the favorites to win the Cycle, particularly because of her likable and bubbly personality. However, her dyslexia proved it difficult for her to do commercials. She lost to Nicole Fox, but the two continued to be friends even after the show.
Laura has since pursued her career in modeling and is represented by a number of agencies, one of which is Tyra Banks' Bankable Productions. She was featured in Steve Madden's Summer 2010 Collection and in Lex Scene Magazine. She also returned to America's Next Top Model Cycle 17, also dubbed the All-Star Cycle. There, Laura joined other alums for another shot at the title. The winner will be receiving a special spread in Vogue Italia and a contract with CoverGirl cosmetics, in addition to joining the Express fashion campaign and a chance to become a correspondent on Extra.