After dumping her agent Max Markson two weeks ago, Lara Bingle has booked a ticket to the Big Apple where she is frantically chasing modelling opportunities in one of fashion's most cut-throat cities.

The model, who turns 23 next month, plans to spend almost three months shopping her Aussie tan to swimwear companies.

"I know I need to build up people's respect and I'm going to have to start at the bottom and work up," she told Grazia a fortnight ago.

Bingle told friends she loves the city where ex-fiance Michael Clarke two years ago proposed marriage.

In fact they almost crossed paths last week, with Clarke telling pals he was thinking of stopping in New York for a few days but it seems he changed his mind - he was home in Bondi by the weekend.

Bingle has started searching for a replacement for Markson, with sources claiming she met publicist Maria Farmer before flying to New York.

Date: 25th May 2010