Lily Donaldson is Known For Working as a model in the fashion industry and walking the ramp for many famous fashion houses listed above. She is also known for appearing in Victoria’s Secret fashion show in 2010, 2011, and 2012.
Born Name Lily Monica Donaldson
Nick Name Lily
Occupation Fashion / Runway model
Years active 2003–present
Born: January 27, 1987, 32 years and 2 months, Hammersmith, London, England
Sun Sign Aquarius
Height 5 ft 10 in or 178 cm
Hair Color Blonde
Eye Color Blue
Measurements 33-25-35 in or 84-63.5-89 cm
Bra size 32B
She attended Camden School for Girls, a co-educational sixth form in North London. She dropped out of the school at 16 to become a model.
Father – Matthew Donaldson (Photographer)
Mother – Unknown
Siblings – Aurelia (Younger Sister)
Donaldson was born in London, and educated at the Camden School for Girls, living in Kentish Town with her parents. She has a younger sister named Aurelia. She was scouted by Select Model Management in 2003 at the age of 16 while shopping in Camden, and went on to debut in the Fall/Winter 2004 season walking shows for designers such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Moschino, Missoni and Jill Sander.
Donaldson has notably landed big campaigns for fashion houses such as Burberry, Gucci, Versace, Fendi, Lanvin, Calvin Klein, Jil Sander, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Balenciaga, Roberto Cavalli, Hugo Boss, Alexander McQueen, Max Mara, Shiatzy Chen, H&M, Topshop, Aldo, Kenzo, Anna Sui and Gap.
In the May 2007 issue of American Vogue, she was featured on the cover with fellow models Doutzen Kroes, Caroline Trentini, Raquel Zimmermann, Sasha Pivovarova, Agyness Deyn, Coco Rocha, Hilary Rhoda, Chanel Iman, and Jessica Stam as the “World’s Next Top Models”. Later, in the September 2007 issue of British Vogue, she was named a “Head Girl”, a model to watch out for in the upcoming season.
Donaldson has appeared on 28 international covers of Vogue which includes the British, American, Italia, China, Australia, Japan, Turkey, Taiwan, Korea, Portugal, Spain and Russian editions. In 2010, she made her Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show debut and also walked in the 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 shows.
In 2009, Vogue Paris declared her one of the top 30 models of the 2000s. Donaldson is the face of the new Monsoon Accessorize campaign for Spring Summer 2011.
During the 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony, Donaldson was one of the British models wearing bespoke fashions created by British designers specifically for the event. The other models were Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, David Gandy, Karen Elson, Jourdan Dunn, Georgia May Jagger and Stella Tennant. She wore a gold ball gown by Vivienne Westwood.
She is close friends with models Gemma Ward and Irina Lazareanu, the latter with whom she shot two Mulberry campaigns.
After five years living in New York, Donaldson moved back to London in late 2010.
Fleetwood Mac legend Mick Fleetwood is Lily’s great-uncle.
Lily is signed to these modeling agencies –
IMG Models – New York
IMG Models – Paris
IMG Models – London
IMG Models – Milan
First Fashion Show
She debuted on the ramp with the Ready to Wear – Spring/ Summer 2004 fashion show in which she walked for designers Dice Kayek, Elspeth Gibson, John Rocha, Julien Macdonald, Miki Fukai, Rafael Lopez, and Warren Noronha.
She does Pilates, swimming, yoga, and aqua running to remain in best shape.
Lily Donaldson Favorite Things
Designers – Azzedine Alaïa, Riccardo Tisci
Nail Polish – Dark-red or nothing
Moisturizer – Embryolisse
Restaurant – Café Mogador in New York, and Rosa’s Dining Room in London
Hotel – The Hôtel de Crillon in Paris
Underwear – Calvin Klein, Marks and Sparks
Bag – Alexander Wang
Shoes – Yves Saint Laurent ankle boots
Trainers – Converse
Lily Donaldson Facts
She is close friends with Irina Lazareanu and Gemma Ward.
She was founded by Select Model Management in 2003 (when Lily was 16), when she was shopping in Camden.
She can play the piano.
In the September 2007 edition of Vogue Britain, she was named as “Head Girl” and was referred as a model to watch out.
She has walked in the Victoria’s Secret fashion show in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Lily was included among the top 30 model of 2000s by Vogue Paris in the year 2009.
For the spring-summer 2011, she became the face of Monsoon Accessorize campaign.
Fleetwood Mac legend Mick Fleetwood is Donaldson’s great-uncle.
Lily has appeared in the 2008 Pirelli Calendar.
Donaldson has a tattoo on her wrist about a mix of her mother and her sister’s name.
Other than modeling, she likes to read, paint and play the piano.
She loves vintage items and second-hand shops also.