You may recognize the last name of Model of the Week Lydia Hearst from the magazine company, the castle and, of course, from her great-grandfather, William Randolph Hearst. But Lydia is more than an heiress. She is a model, an activist, a philanthropist, a socialite and a designer of sorts - she is coming out with a Puma Lydia Handbag in November.
She was born on September 19, 1984, as Lydia Marie Hearst Shaw in Wilton, CT. She always loved fashion and makeup so a modeling career was something that suited her passions. Lydia first got her start in modeling with Ford Models and is currently with ONE Model Management.
She has been a part of big campaigns for Prada, Louis Vuitton, Alexander McQueen, Moschino Cheap & Chic, DKNY, Bottega Veneta, Heatherette, Neiman Marcus, PUMA, Saks Fifth Avenue, Jovovich-Hawk, and Roberto Cavalli for H&M.
She has also appeared on the covers of many magazines like Avenue, Hellas and L'Uomo Vogue, New York Magazine, Marie Claire Japan, BON, Flaunt and Nylon.
Read her beauty interview over at BellaSugar. To discover more about her fashion side and to see some more photos, read more
What is the most memorable show you walked in?
Chanel Haute Couture.
If your house was burning down and you could only save one clothing item, what would it be and why?
My photo albums. Clothing is just materialistic. I love fashion, it's what I do, but it doesn't define me. Memories are irreplaceable.
What is one destination you still need a stamp for on your passport?
Who are your favorite designers?
Phillip Lim, Chanel, Marchesa, Dries Van Noten, Heatherette, Gap and Puma.
What are three words that describe your personal style?
Eclectic, sophisticated, edgy. There is no such thing as bad fashion; it is all a form of self-expression.