Lydia Hearst

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Lydia Hearst
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Hearst in 2015
Lydia Marie Hearst-Shaw

(1984-09-19) September 19, 1984 (age 35)
Alma materSacred Heart University
Years active2004–present
Chris Hardwick (m. 2016)
Modeling information
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Hair colorBlack
Eye colorGreen
  • Radius Entertainment (Personal Manager)
  • BUCHWALD (theatrical agent)

Lydia Marie Hearst-Shaw (born September 19, 1984), is an American fashion model, actress, and lifestyle blogger. She is a great-granddaughter of the newspaper publisher and politician William Randolph Hearst (1863–1951) and the daughter of Patty Hearst, who was kidnapped in 1974 by members of the Symbionese Liberation Army.

Early life[edit]

Hearst was born at New Haven, Connecticut to Patty Hearst and Bernard Shaw, and grew up in Wilton, Connecticut. After attending The Lawrenceville School and graduating from Wilton High School (where she was a cheerleader), she attended Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut.[1]

Modeling career[edit]

Magazines and fashion shows[edit]

She was discovered by photographer Steven Meisel, who shot her first magazine cover for Vogue Italia in April 2004.[2] Hearst has graced international covers of magazines including Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Elle, Marie Claire, GQ, L'Officiel and Esquire. She has worked with photographers including Steven Meisel, Patrick Demarchelier, Ellen Von Unwerth, Mario Testino, Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, and Peter Lindbergh.

At the 2008 Michael Awards, Hearst was recognized as "Model of the Year",[3] as well as acknowledged and given the award for Best International Supermodel at the Madrid Glamour Awards on November 12.[4]

Hearst has walked for designers including Chanel, Fendi, Catherine Malandrino, Nicole Miller, and Jeremy Scott.[5]


Hearst has appeared in advertising campaigns for Prada, Louis Vuitton, Alexander McQueen, Bottega Veneta, Sephora, L'Oreal Ferria, DKNY, MYLA Lingerie, H&M, NARS Cosmetics, MAC Cosmetics, Miss Me Jeans, Moschino Cheap & Chic.[6] In 2007, Hearst appeared in Puma's French 77, which led her to design a line of handbags for the collection.[7]

In Spring of 2012, Swarovski launched its Heart Truth campaign naming Hearst as its ambassador. This campaign was a national awareness campaign that aimed to empower women to improve their heart health and sponsored by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.[8]


Hearst briefly was a columnist for the short-lived Page Six magazine, which came in the Sunday edition of the New York Post.

She has since launched a lifestyle/fashion blog where she regularly posts.[9]

Acting career[edit]

As a child Hearst spent time on the set of John Waters' films with her mother, Patty. This inspired Hearst in her decision to pursue a career in entertainment.[10]


Year Title Role Notes
2008 Last International Playboy[11] Stella
2008 Fame Fatale[12] Short film
2009 Cepheus[13] Model/self
2009 Consumed[14] Model/self Short film
2009 Gossip Girl[15] Amelia Episode: "Much 'I Do' About Nothing"
2012 Two Jacks[16] Alexis
2012 Velvet Morning[17] Velvet Short film
2012 Amnesia[18] Micaela
2012 I Am AiKO[19] Aiko Short film
2013 Delirium[20] Jennifer
2013 Mistresses[21] Story Episode: "Ultimatum"
2014 Desire[22] Penelope Short film
2014 Automobile Waltz[23] Penelope Short film
2014 The Barber[24] Melissa
2014 Cabin Fever: Patient Zero[25] Bridget
2015 Condemned[26] Tess
2015 #Horror Lisa
2015 Stealing Chanel Chanel
2015 South of Hell[27] Charlotte Roberts 7 episodes
2016 Swing State Julia Davies
2016 Two for One Amy
2018 50k Chloe
2018 Z Nation Pandora Season 5
2019 The Haunting of Sharon Tate Abigail Folger
2019 Between Worlds Mary
2019 Downside Of Bliss Bliss Derek Post-production
2020 Grace and Grit Amy Post-production
2020 Root Letter Karen Blake Post-production

Other roles[edit]

Hearst made an appearance in the music video for the Miles Fisher cover of "This Must Be the Place".[28] Hearst again starred in a music video in 2012 for Cisco Adler's "Song for All the Girls",[29] where she is graphically murdered by a spin saw. She also has a minor role in Johnny Polygon's "LimoSexSuperstar" video.

Reality TV[edit]

Hearst served alongside Anne Vyalitsyna and Naomi Campbell as a supermodel coach for the second edition of Oxygen's The Face modeling reality competition. The season premiered on March 5, 2014.[30]

Personal life[edit]

Hearst married Chris Hardwick on August 20, 2016 in Pasadena, California.[31]


Hearst's family has a tradition of involvement in philanthropic causes which has led to her involvement in becoming a Smile Ambassador for Operation Smile and receiving the Smile Award for her dedication to the organization in 2012,[32] and to receive a humanitarian award from Catwalk For Charity June 8, 2014.[33]


  1. ^ "Famous Connecticut Grads: Lydia Hearst-Shaw", Hartford Courant
  2. ^ Gordon, Jane, "Beauty and the bank robber: The strange life of Lydia Hearst", Daily Mail (London), January 25, 2008
  3. ^ 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. Archived from the original on 2008-02-04. Retrieved 2008-02-01.
  4. ^ Buchheit, Scott (2008-11-14). "Lydia Hearst receives Glamour Award". freelance journalist. Retrieved 2008-11-14.
  5. ^ "Lydia Hearst". Lydia Hearst. (Adobe Flash)
  6. ^ "Lydia Hearst". Lydia Hearst. (Adobe Flash)
  7. ^ Beckett, Whitney (2007-11-28). "Lydia Hearst,Puma Go Mainstream". Women's Wear Daily. WWD, Advance Publications. Retrieved 2007-11-28.
  8. ^ Elle Magazine - Swarovski - The Heart Truth. Vimeo.
  9. ^ "Love Lydia Hearst".
  10. ^ Lydia Hearst on IMDb
  11. ^ The Last International Playboy (2008) on IMDb
  12. ^ Fame Fatale by Tara Subkoff for bebe. YouTube. 2 September 2008.
  13. ^ CEPHEUS - Short Film. YouTube. 26 January 2012.
  14. ^ Consumed - Short Film. YouTube. 24 February 2010.
  15. ^ ""Gossip Girl" Much 'I Do' About Nothing (TV Episode 2008)" on IMDb
  16. ^ Two Jacks (2012) on IMDb
  17. ^ 1 Velvet Morning. YouTube. 3 July 2012.
  18. ^ Amnesia on IMDb
  19. ^ I Am AiKO - Short Film. YouTube. 26 January 2012.
  20. ^ Delirium (2013) on IMDb
  21. ^ ""Mistresses" Ultimatum (TV Episode 2013)". IMDb.
  22. ^ Desire (2014) on IMDb
  23. ^ KENZO Spring 2014 - Automobile Waltz. YouTube. 10 February 2014.
  24. ^ The Barber on IMDb
  25. ^ "Lydia Hearst Is On for Cabin Fever: Patient Zero". 23 October 2012.
  26. ^ "The Face's Lydia Hearst to Terrorize Dylan Penn in New Horror Movie". E! Online.
  27. ^ "Lydia Hearst Joining WE TV's 'South Of Hell'". Hollywood Reporter.
  28. ^ "Think Lydia Hearst Regrets That American Psycho Video? Guess Again!". Observer.
  29. ^ Song For All The Girls. Vimeo.
  30. ^ "Reality TV World: 'The Face' adding Anne Vyalitsyna and Lydia Hearst as new second-season supermodel coaches".
  31. ^ "Talking Dead's Chris Hardwick and Lydia Hearst Are Married!".
  32. ^ "Operation Smile: The Smile Blog". Archived from the original on September 8, 2014. Retrieved June 12, 2014.
  33. ^ BobMetelus. "Lydia Hearst host the Catwalk for Charity 2014 event at JW Marriott..." Getty Images.

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