Not long ago, we introduced you to Instagram model and Army vet Lauren Young, who has the looks and badassery of a real-life Lara Croft. Although she may not be actress Alicia Vikander in the upcoming Tomb Raider film, Lauren Young certainly has what it takes to pull off some of the similar stunts — all while looking pretty as hell while doing so.
After coming across Lauren's Instagram account months ago — which boasts an impressive 164,000 followers — we just had to get to know her more. Sure, pics and videos of the Instagram model are great and all, but we needed to scratch the itch we had of this gorgeous gal. Lucky for us, she didn't blow us off when sliding into her DMs.
After serving in the 485th Military Police Company from 2011 to 2012 while being deployed in Afghanistan, Lauren knows a thing or two about kicking ass. And, as you might expect, she's still a gun-shooting, sexy All-American gal who isn't afraid of many things.
In addition to her Army background and Instagram model ways, Lauren Young is currently attending The University of Nevada-Reno, focusing on a double major in both pre-law and psychology, so, yep, she's smart, talented, sexy and knows how to get things done — which is just some of the reasons we just needed to find out more about her, so keep on reading to do the same.
FHM: We Must Say, You're Pretty Much A Certified Badass, Are Guys Ever Intimidated By You At All?
Lauren Young: "They can be, actually, which still comes as a shock to me every time I hear someone say that! Growing up, I never thought of myself as being attractive to the opposite sex."
FHM: I Mean, More Than Just Your Military Background, But, C'Mon, Those Looks!
Lauren Young: "When I joined the military, I figured I would fit right in with everyone else. For some reason, people kept telling me this wasn’t the case… insert perplexed emoji." (laughs)
FHM: When Did You Know That You Wanted To Join The Military?
Lauren Young: "I knew at a fairly early age that I wanted to be involved with my country in some capacity. I would wake up when my Dad came home late from work, and he and I would spend the evenings watching war documentaries and history films. I’ve always had a patriotic nature because of this upbringing, but the military wasn’t at the forefront of my mind because none of my family had served before. After September 11 occurred, even though I was only 10, it planted the seed of possibility in joining the armed forces in the future."
FHM: What's The One Skill That The Military Taught You That You'll Always Remember?
Lauren Young: "Situational awareness! As a female, this concept is ingrained into your mind early on, but because (usually) nothing 'bad' really happens to you, you become complacent. The Army reinforced this into my everyday mindset and behavior, and, because of this, I've escaped some hairy situations relatively unscathed. Oh, and also to never eat the Omelet MRE!"
FHM: Sort Of Related, What's The One Skill A Guy Must Have To Even Get Your Attention?
Lauren Young: "If a guy can make me laugh, and keep up with my movie quotes, I'm impressed. Originality is always refreshing!"
FHM: Do Dudes Slide Into Your DMs All The Time?
Lauren Young: "They do from time to time… I've seen marriage proposals, men asking to buy my worn clothing (like socks and underwear), and, sadly, some very few unfortunate and unsolicited photos of men's private parts."
FHM: Any Funny Catfish Stories Or Weird Messages?
Lauren Young: "I've had several messages from people saying that someone else is using my photos. One of the best, or worst, depending on how you look at it, was from a German gal who sent me a DM on Instagram. She said she was going to tell my boyfriend (Bobby), 'what I've been up to,' and to 'stay away from her brother.' I was obviously very confused. Then I read a message from a guy on my public Facebook page that said he was sorry his sister messaged me, and he hopes I'm not mad, but, apparently, this caused him a lot of stress before an exam, so he failed, blaming me and his sister for it. Found out that he had been talking to a girl (or dude) that wasn’t me for four months and he fell in love with her."
FHM: Considering Your Wit, We'd Imagine You Handled Those Hilariously.
Lauren Young: "Sadly, this story is all too common! I had another one from a very concerned mother saying her son’s marriage was ruined because he thought he was talking to me. Sometimes, I’ll be polite to these unfortunate souls, but, most of the time, I blatantly ask, 'can you honestly be this naive?!'"
Lead image via Instagram/misslaurenvictoriaa.