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South African beauty Lauren Mellor is No. 6 in our 2014 Rookie Reveal

Over the next two weeks SwimDaily will be releasing the identities of the record-high 12 rookies picked to carry the Swimsuit franchise into its next 50 years. Check back every day at 2 p.m. ET for a new reveal!

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Introducing Lauren Mellor of Joburg (both a rookie and an alum, of sorts)

Lauren Mellor :: Photo by Walter Iooss Jr./SI | Swimsuit by Indah

Lauren Mellor :: Photo by Walter Iooss Jr./SI
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Lauren Mellor | 28 | Johannesburg, South Africa

I’m from Johannesburg, but my family has always spent a lot of time in a place called Dullstroom, which is a little fly fishing town about three hours north. I started fly fishing when I was about eight, and when I was younger I was really good at it.  I was so passionate about it, and it took so much time and energy learning how to cast properly. As I grew up, I lost that talent.

MORE LAUREN: TwitterInstagram | Casting Call| Wilhemina page

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No 5. Marloes Horst | No 4. Hannah Ferguson | No. 3 Emily Ratajkowski | No. 2 Gigi Hadid | No. 1 Sara Sampaio