Lara Bingle has swapped Sydney for the City of Angels.

The swimsuit model left for Los Angeles at the weekend for a working holiday, hoping her Aussie tan and warm smile will work its wonders on Tinseltown.

Bingle, 22, is staying at the Beverly Laurel Motor Hotel in West Hollywood with hairstylist and close friend Max May.

Wearing skin-tight Gucci pants and a ripped rock'n'roll T-shirt, Bingle posed for a magazine spread outside a 1950s-style diner at the retro hotel.

The shoot, in which Bingle was seen smoking a cigarette and looking "dishevelled", is understood to be for Aussie fashion magazine Oyster.

An Australian staying at the same hotel said Bingle seemed relaxed and had been spending a lot of her time sunbaking.

Her agent would not comment on the trip, saying it was "private time".

Bingle is understood to be leaving LA in coming days and flying to New York in search of other opportunities.

She has been in contact with Leonardo DiCaprio's former girlfriend, model Bar Rafaeli, via Twitter.

Source: Herald Sun
Date: 16th April 2010