Lily Donaldson

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Lily Donaldson
Donaldson in 2012
Lily Monica Donaldson

(1987-01-27) 27 January 1987 (age 37)
Chelsea, London, England
Years active2003–present
RelativesMick Fleetwood (great-uncle)
Modelling information
Height1.79 m (5 ft 10+12 in)
Hair colourBlonde
Eye colourBlue

Lily Monica Donaldson (born 27 January 1987) is an English model. She was featured on the cover of American Vogue's May 2007 issue as one of the "World's Next Top Models" and was recognized by Vogue Paris in 2009 as one of the top 30 models of the 2000s.[2] She has appeared on 30 international covers of Vogue.[3]

Early life[edit]

Lily Donaldson modelling at New York Fashion Week 2007

Donaldson was born in Chelsea, London, the daughter of photographer Matthew Donaldson.[4] She was educated at the Camden School for Girls and lived in Kentish Town with her parents.[5] She has a younger sister named Aurelia.[6]


Donaldson was scouted by Select Model Management in 2003 at the age of 16 while she was shopping in Camden. She went on to make her debut in the Fall/Winter 2004 season, walking in shows for designers such Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Moschino, Missoni and Jill Sander.

Donaldson has notably landed big campaigns for major fashion houses such as Burberry, Gucci, Versace.[7] 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".[8] 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.[9]

Donaldson has appeared on 30 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[10] and also walked in the 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 shows.[11]

In 2009, Vogue Paris declared her one of the top 30 models of the 2000s.[12] Donaldson was the face of the 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.[13] She wore a gold ball gown by Vivienne Westwood.[14]

London 2012 Models (2)

Personal life[edit]

She is close friends with models Gemma Ward and Irina Lazareanu,[15] the latter with whom she shot two Mulberry campaigns.[16]

After five years living in New York City, Donaldson moved back to London in late 2010.[17]

Donaldson's great-uncle is Mick Fleetwood, the co-founder of Fleetwood Mac.[18]


  1. ^ "Lily Donaldson - Model".
  2. ^ Lee, Helen (11 April 2007). "Vogue's 'World's Next Top Models' cover". Retrieved 18 April 2011.
  3. ^ VOGUEGRAPHY (19 August 2016). "Lily Donaldson Throughout the Years in Vogue". VOGUEGRAPHY. Retrieved 16 March 2024.
  4. ^ "Lily Donaldson - Model profile". Retrieved 12 January 2024.
  5. ^ How the world fell in love with Camden girl Lily Donaldson – Fashion – Life & Style – London Evening Standard
  6. ^ "Lily Donaldson stars in Alice Temperley for John Lewis campaign video". Marie Claire UK. Future Publishing Limited. 24 August 2012.
  7. ^ "Anna Sui Forbidden Affair Fragrance F/W 10". 2010. Retrieved 23 January 2017.
  8. ^ Hit Girls – American Vogue, May 2007 Archived 22 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "Lily Donaldson". New York. Retrieved 11 April 2008.
  10. ^ the Fashion spot. Retrieved 16 April 2012.
  11. ^ Profile of Lily Donaldson. Retrieved 16 April 2012.
  12. ^ Les 30 Mannequins des Années 2000 Archived 10 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 20 January 2010
  13. ^ London Olympics | Fashion Show
  14. ^ Olympics Closing Ceremony | Fashion Shoot
  15. ^ "Lily Donaldson – Model Profile". New York. Retrieved 3 December 2007.
  16. ^ "Irina Lazareanu – Model Profile". New York. Retrieved 3 December 2007.
  17. ^ "How the world fell in love with Camden girl Lily Donaldson". Archived from the original on 21 February 2011. Evening Standard
  18. ^ "Lily Donaldson Is Killing It Softly". Elle UK. 17 August 2015.

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