Lady Isabella Hervey

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Lady Isabella de Pauw
Lady Isabella Hervey.jpg
Lady Isabella in 2007 at a film premiere
Born Lady Isabella Frederica Louisa Hervey[1]
(1982-03-09) 9 March 1982 (age 34)
Monaco
Parent(s) Victor Hervey, 6th Marquess of Bristol
Yvonne, Marchioness of Bristol
Website https://isabellahervey.com

Lady Isabella Frederica Louisa de Pauw (née Hervey,(/ˈhɑːrvi/) born 9 March 1982)[2] is a British model, actress, and fitness trainer. She is the daughter of Victor Hervey, 6th Marquess of Bristol, the sister of Lady Victoria Hervey and the incumbent Frederick Hervey, 8th Marquess of Bristol, and half-sister of John Hervey, 7th Marquess of Bristol.

Early life[edit]

Lady Isabella was born in Monaco to Victor Hervey, 6th Marquess of Bristol and Lady Yvonne Hervey (née Sutton). Her godparents included Queen Fadila of Egypt and her half-brother John, Earl Jermyn.[1] She was educated at Woldingham School. Her father died when she was three, and she was sent to boarding school at the age of six. She suffered from bulimia in her youth, but recovered after seeking treatment at The Priory hospital. She also joined Overeaters Anonymous.[3] She enjoyed sports from an early age, including professional showjumping.[4]

Though she is happy to continue using the title, Lady Isabella has criticised and rejected claims that she is a socialite. She has distanced herself from the stereotypical upper-class nature of the Hervey family, particularly as she received little family income and has entirely self-financed her career.[5]

Career[edit]

Lady Isabella's television career has included appearing on the Channel 4 reality TV show The Games (2004), and for appearing as a contestant on ITV's Celebrity Love Island (2005). In 2005, she was named "face of Playboy UK".[6] She has appeared as a contestant on Celebrity MasterChef and the UK Sky One television programme Vroom Vroom. She also competed in the Sky One show Cirque De Celebrite, and the BBC1 show Hole In The Wall.[citation needed] She was awarded Sexiest Aristocrat in May 2006 and made the 62nd spot in FHM's 100 Sexiest Women in the World.[7]

Her participation in The Games inspired her to try a new career as a personal trainer. She began running a set of fitness courses that included a jog around Hyde Park.[4]

Family[edit]

Lady Isabella has two elder full siblings, the incumbent Frederick Hervey, 8th Marquess of Bristol and fellow media personality Lady Victoria Hervey. In addition to John, who became the 7th Marquess, she had a half-brother Nicholas; both are now deceased.

In a 2005 interview, she stated that her title held her back in her modelling career. "When I first started, the bookers assumed I didn't need the cash, so wouldn't put me forward for the big money jobs. At the end of the day, just because I'm a Lady, it doesn't mean I'm rich."[5] Her half-brother, the 7th Marquess, spent most of the £35 million family fortune in his lifetime, and she subsequently complained she had been left with "virtually nothing".[8] Her father died before setting up a trust fund for her as he had for her two older siblings.[5]

On 6 September 2014, Lady Isabella married Belgian millionaire Christophe de Pauw in the Église de Notre Dame de la Cambre, Brussels.[2] The couple has a son, Victor, born in early 2016 and named after her father, the 6th Marquess. He was the first member of the Hervey family to be christened at Ickworth Church in nearly 40 years.[9] In 2010, her father was reburied in the church, as is traditional for Earls and Marquesses of Bristol, and she attended the ceremony with her family.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Births". The Times. London. 14 October 1982. p. 14. Retrieved 21 September 2016. (subscription required (help)). 
  2. ^ a b "Featured Families - Bristol". Burke's Peerage. Retrieved 22 September 2016. 
  3. ^ Lady Isabella Hervey, Marie Claire, 31 July 2006. Accessed 10 June 2008.
  4. ^ a b Hollingshead, Iain (27 August 2007). "The classiest circuits in the city with Lady Isabella Hervey". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 21 September 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c Andrew, Williams (30 March 2005). "Lady Isabella Hervey". Metro. Retrieved 17 May 2008. 
  6. ^ Hervey signs up with Playboy, Ireland On-Line, 25 July 2005. Accessed 17 May 2008.
  7. ^ "FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006". Retrieved 2007-11-27. 
  8. ^ Kirby, Terry (22 September 2005). "'It' girls miss out after death of drug-addicted aristocrat". The Independent. Retrieved 22 September 2016. 
  9. ^ "Family Tradition is Rekindled with Baptism at Church on Ickworth Estate". Bury Free Press. 24 March 2016. Retrieved 19 September 2016. 
  10. ^ "Hervey family gather in Suffolk for marquess' funeral". East Anglian Daily Times. 8 October 2010. Retrieved 21 September 2016. 

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