Lara Stone was born to a Dutch mother and an English father in the town of Geldrop, the Netherlands and grew up in Mierlo, Netherlands.First discovered in the Paris Metro when she was 12, she then went on to participate in the Elite Model Look competition at age 15.
She became the primary choice for editorials and advertising campaigns after signing with IMG in 2006. Lara is not a fan of the runway because of her unusually small feet of someone of her size. Because the shoes are usually too big for her, she sometimes goes down the runway thinking "Do not fall, do not fall!" (from Vogue Paris interview Feb 09). Lara Stone was made Models.com #1 on the Top 50 List in February 2010.
Stone left Elite and signed with IMG Models worldwide in 2006. In January she made her catwalk debut when Riccardo Tisci put her in his Givenchy couture shows in Paris. Later that year she was an exclusive for Calvin Klein. 2007 proved to be more lucky when she had a big Bardot-like spread in March’s Vogue Paris, and then got the cover for their April issue. "Sometimes a girl just touches you," Carine Roitfeld, the magazine’s editor, said.
The New York Times' fashion critic Cathy Horyn named her the "anti-model" in her On the Runway blog; describing her as not your typical catwalk android with her gapped front teeth, stunned expression, and Lurch walk, which can be attributed to her small size 7 feet – catwalk shoes are at least a size larger. All the buzz over Stone prompted New York Magazine to rank her No. 2 on their "Top Ten Models to Watch" for in New York Fashion Week.
Stone has opened shows for Giles Deacon, Isabel Marant, Christopher Kane, Fendi, and MaxMara, and closed for Chanel, Diesel, Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney, and Balmain. She has also been a prestigious "semi-exclusive" for Prada, meaning she could not walk any other shows during New York fashion week or any shows in Milan before the Prada show.
Her spring/summer 2008 campaigns included Givenchy, Belstaff, Just Cavalli, and H&M. Her campaigns for fall/winter 08 included CK, Givenchy, Belstaff, Hugo Boss Orange, Calvin Klein Cosmetics, and Jil Sander. Stone was one of the models chosen to be in one of the fourteen covers of V magazine September 2008 issue. Shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, each cover boasts a head shot of a famous model, either from the new crop of leading ladies or the supermodel era.
Stone was also photographed alongside Malgosia Bela, Daria Werbowy, Randal Moore, Mariacarla Boscono, Emanuela de Paula, and Isabeli Fontana for the 2009 Pirelli Calendar.
In 2010, Stone replaced Sasha Pivovarova as the new face for Prada's fragrance, Infusion d’Iris, shot by Steven Meisel. Her other spring/summer campaigns included Louis Vuitton, Versus by Versace Fragrance, Jaeger, and H&M. This same year her look sparked a trend in blonde, gap-toothed, big-lipped models like Georgia May Jagger, Lindsey Wixson, and Ashley Smith. The look even inspired Tyra Banks to have a contestant's tooth gap widened on cycle 15 of America's Next Top Model.
Stone began dating the British comedian David Walliams in September 2009. They announced their engagement in January 2010. They were married at London's Claridge's hotel on 16 May 2010. In November 2012, the couple announced that Stone is pregnant with their first child and is due mid-2013.
In the December 2009 issue of Vogue UK, Stone admitted undergoing inpatient rehabilitation for alcoholism earlier in the year.