After going through one of the most turbulent years in her young life, Lara Bingle is now determined to resurrect her career.

Bingle, who has been on a "working holiday" in America, so far visiting New York, Hawaii and Las Vegas, announced on Twitter yesterday her plans for 2011:

"I can't wait to get back to Australia!! I have so many projects i am working this year... I am so ready to make the best of 2011!”

In the past few months she has hit the headlines again and again. First, there was her much publicised romantic tryst with visiting R’n’B singer, Jason Derulo, next she was papped on a boat in Sydney Harbour wearing a see-through sheer black corset that left little to the imagination and, most recently, she appeared in a YouTube video lip-synching Derulo’s Ridin’ Solo song.

While we can’t confirm whether these incidents are unrelated or all part of a clever PR master plan – though the leaking of the YouTube video by best friend Hermione Underwood definitely suggests the latter - there’s no doubt that the extra exposure isn’t hurting Bingle’s career. And, with the recent dumping of Bingle by Speedo as their campaign model, she obviously needs it.

Speaking to The Sunday Telegraph two months ago, she said: "It's an exciting time; in the same way Elle Macpherson and Sarah Murdoch have paved the way, I’m ready to define my own path."

Now set up with new management, she’s looking for other opportunities and has as yet undisclosed TV projects and plans for her own fashion line in the pipeline. In addition, the beauty is hotly tipped to be a contestant in the forthcoming series of Dancing With the Stars.

Watch this space.

Date: 10th January 2011