Lily Donaldson

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Lily Donaldson
Lily Donaldson Cannes 2012.jpg
Donaldson in 2012
Born Lily Monica Donaldson
(1987-01-27) 27 January 1987 (age 31)
Hammersmith, London, England
Occupation Model
Years active 2003–present
Modelling information
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Hair colour Blonde
Eye colour Blue
Measurements 84-58-86 cm (33-23-34 in)[1]
Dress size 4 (US), 34 (EU)[citation needed]
Shoe size 9 (US), 40 (EU)[citation needed]
Manager IMG Models (New York), Storm (London)

Lily Monica Donaldson (born 27 January 1987) is a British model.


Lily Donaldson modeling at New York Fashion Week 2007

Donaldson was born in London, and educated at the Camden School for Girls, living in Kentish Town with her parents.[2] She has a younger sister named Aurelia.[3]

Since being scouted by Select Model Management in 2003 at the age of 16 while shopping in Camden, Donaldson has landed campaigns for fashion houses such as Max Mara, Shiatzy Chen, Dior, Jil Sander, and Dolce & Gabbana[4] and is the face of British luxury goods house Burberry.

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".[5][6] 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.[7]

Donaldson has appeared on the covers of Vogue for Great Britain, Italy, China, and Australia. In particular, she was on the March 2009 covers of Vogue simultaneously in the UK, Australia, and Italy. In 2009, she signed a contract with Victoria's Secret[8] and appeared in Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2010 , 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 .[9]

In 2009, Vogue Paris declared her one of the top 30 models of the 2000s.[10] 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.[11] She wore a gold ball gown by Vivienne Westwood.[12]

London 2012 Models (2)

Personal life

She is close friends with models Gemma Ward and Irina Lazareanu,[13] the latter with whom she shot a Mulberry campaign.[14]

After five years living in New York, Donaldson moved back to London in late 2010.[15]

Fleetwood Mac legend Mick Fleetwood is Lily's great-uncle.[16]


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  2. How the world fell in love with Camden girl Lily Donaldson - Fashion - Life & Style - London Evening Standard
  3. "Lily the Londoner takes her place among the world's top models". Mail Online. 4 May 2008. Retrieved 22 June 2008.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Lily Donaldson". Retrieved 3 December 2007.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Lee, Helen (11 April 2007). "Vogue's 'World's Next Top Models' cover". Retrieved 18 April 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Hit Girls - American Vogue, May 2007
  7. "Lily Donaldson". Retrieved 11 April 2008.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. the Fashion spot. Retrieved 2012-04-16.
  9. Profile of Lily Donaldson. Retrieved 2012-04-16.
  10. Les 30 Mannequins des Années 2000 Retrieved 20 January 2010
  11. London Olympics | Fashion Show
  12. Olympics Closing Ceremony | Fashion Shoot
  13. "Lily Donaldson - Model Profile". Retrieved 3 December 2007.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. "Irina Lazareanu - Model Profile". Retrieved 3 December 2007.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. "How the world fell in love with Camden girl Lily Donaldson".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> Evening Standard
  16. "STEVIE NICKS is the consumate [sic] tease".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> FLEETWOOD MAC News and Reviews

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