Emma MacLaren was born on 13 February 1991 in Worcester, UK. In 2004, at the age of 13, she was scouted by Europe's leading modelling agency, Models 1. At the age of 18 she became a face of Max Factor. In 2009, she signed a fragrance contract with Burberry Brit. Emma was soon published on the pages of Spanish, Russian and German Vogue, Glamour Italia, Elle UK and Denmark. She has also been featured on the cover of L'Officiel. Since 2013 she has mostly retired from modelling.
MacLaren was born in Worcester, and grew up in the Worcestershire countryside. Prior to becoming a model, MacLaren was pursuing a career in musical theatre and she continues to follow this path. She is a classically trained soprano singer. Having been singing and performing from a young age, she aspires to be a performer of the West End and Broadway stage. She also enjoys fitness and nutrition.
MacLaren began her start in the modelling industry when she was scouted at the annual Clothes Show Live fashion event in Birmingham UK, in 2004. Emma made her catwalk debut in February 2008 in London for Ashley Isham and Allegra Hicks. September 2009 was her breakthrough season, where she appeared at the fashion weeks in New York, London, Milan and Paris. She walked for designers such as Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs, Pringle of Scotland, Akris, Christian Dior, Sonia Rykiel and Paul Smith, among many others.