Lydia Hearst-Shaw

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Lydia Hearst
Hearst-Shaw in June 2009
Born Lydia Marie Hearst-Shaw
(1984-09-19) September 19, 1984 (age 29)
Wilton, Connecticut
Years active 2004–present
Modeling information
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight 50kg (110 lb)
Hair color Blonde
Eye color Green
Dress size (US) 2 ; (EU) 32
Manager Wilhelmina, New York City
Union Models, UK
D Management, Milan
ICM Talent (theatrical agent)

Lydia Marie Hearst-Shaw (born September 19, 1984) is an American actress, fashion model, columnist, socialite and heiress to the publishing fortune established by her maternal great-grandfather William Randolph Hearst.[1] The 2008 Michael Awards recognized her as their Model of the Year.[2] She was also given the award of the Best International Supermodel in Madrid on 12 November 2008.[3]



Lydia Hearst has modeled for magazines such as Vogue internationally with numerous covers, Harper's Bazaar, GQ, Elle, and fashion designers such as Louis Vuitton, Moschino, Prada, DKNY [4] to name a few, as well as Puma and appeared in Puma's French 77 collection. In 2008 she posed in a range of retro-style satin and silk lingerie for Myla's autumn and winter collection.[5] She also appeared topless in the May 2009 issue of GQ Italia,[6] and Vogue as well as the images shot by famed photographer Terry Richardson. For a more detailed account of her work visit


Hearst-Shaw was a columnist for Page Six magazine, which comes in the Sunday edition of the New York Post. She appeared on the cover of the 30 September 2007 issue of the magazine.


Hearst appeared in the CW hit show Gossip Girl as Lily van der Woodsen's posh interior decorator, Amelia, in the Season 1 finale. She was also featured in Tara Subkoff’s short fashion film for BeBe in 2008 as a paparazzi stalked starlet.[7] In 2009 she starred in an independent film called The Last International Playboy, written and directed by Steve Clark.[8] She also appeared in Miles Fisher's 2009 music video "This Must Be The Place".[9] Lydia is co-starring in two films set to be released in 2012; "Two Jacks" written and directed by Bernard Rose where she costars with Sienna Miller and Danny Huston, and "Crimson Tear" directed by William Birrell where Lydia costars with Australian actor Luke Bracey.[10]

Reality TV[edit]

Hearst served alongside Anne Vyalitsyna and Naomi Campbell as a supermodel coach for the upcoming second edition of Oxygen's The Face modeling reality competition. The season premiered on March 5, 2014. [11]


A daughter of kidnapping victim and publishing heiress Patricia Campbell Hearst and Bernard Shaw, she was born and raised in Wilton, Connecticut. Her father, who was her mother's bodyguard before the couple's marriage, was later the head of security for the Hearst Corporation[1] and died December 17, 2013.[12]

Since graduating from Wilton High School she attended Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut where she majored in communications technology before being discovered by fashion photographer Steven Meisel. Her first modeling assignment was for the cover of the Italian edition of Vogue.[1]

Her professional name is Hearst, rather than Hearst-Shaw, which is on her birth certificate.[1]

After shooting for Puma's French 77 collection, for a limited edition book called "The Last Playboys Wear Puma", Hearst-Shaw teamed up in a creative partnership between Puma and Heatherette to design a high-end limited edition handbag. She has continued her partnership with Puma and is set to release a New Holiday Collection and a line of athletic gear.[13]


  1. ^ a b c d Morgan, Spencer (2007-11-06). "Lydia Unleashed". The New York Observer. The New York Observer, LLC. Retrieved 2007-11-07. 
  2. ^ Morgan, Spencer (2008-02-01). "Lydia Hearst to Get 'Model of the Year' Laurels; Plus, Sneak Peek at Richardson Shoot for Perry Ellis". The New York Observer. The New York Observer, LLC. Retrieved 2008-02-01. 
  3. ^ Buchheit, Scott (2008-11-14). "Lydia Hearst receives Glamour Award". freelance journalist. Retrieved 2008-11-14. 
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ London Lite, 30 July 2008
  6. ^ GQ Italia, May 2009
  7. ^ Rebecca Suhrawardi Austin (11 April 2009). "About Last Night... Tara Subkoff's Bebe Film Screens at Norwood". 
  8. ^ "The Last International Playboy". 
  9. ^ "This Must Be The Place". 
  10. ^ "IMDB: Lydia Hearst". 
  11. ^ "Reality TV World: 'The Face' adding Anne Vyalitsyna and Lydia Hearst as new second-season supermodel coaches". 
  12. ^ [2]
  13. ^ Beckett, Whitney (2007-11-28). "Lydia Hearst,Puma Go Mainstream". Women's Wear Daily. WWD, Advance Publications. Retrieved 2007-11-28. 

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