Lydia Hearst

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Lydia Hearst
Lydia Hearst (cropped).jpg
Hearst in 2015
Born Lydia Marie Hearst-Shaw
(1984-09-19) September 19, 1984 (age 31)
Wilton, Connecticut
Years active Since 2004
Spouse(s) Engaged to Chris Hardwick September 12, 2015
Modeling information
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Hair color Red
Eye color Green
  • Radius Entertainment (Personal Manager)
  • DT Model Management - International
  • ICM Talent (theatrical agent)

Lydia Hearst (born September 19, 1984) is an American actress, fashion model, lifestyle blogger, and heiress to the publishing fortune established by her maternal great-grandfather, William Randolph Hearst, and mother, Patricia Campbell Hearst. Though her birth name is Lydia Marie Hearst-Shaw, she is known publicly and professionally as Lydia Hearst.[1]

Early life[edit]

Hearst was born in Wilton, Connecticut, to Patty Hearst and Bernard Shaw. After graduating from Wilton High School, she enrolled in Sacred Heart University where she majored in Communications and Technology until being discovered by fashion photographer Steven Meisel in 2003.

Modeling career[edit]

Magazines and fashion shows[edit]

Always inspired by fashion, photography and the arts she was discovered by famed photographer Stephen Meisel who shot her first magazine cover for Vogue Italia in April 2004. Hearst has covered fashion magazines in Italy, France, Korea, Japan, Latin America, and the United States. She has worked with photographers worldwide including Steven Meisel, Patrick DeMarchelier, Ellen Von Unwerth, Mario Testino, Paulo Roversi, Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, Bettina Rheims, Mark Abrams, and Peter Lindbergh.

At the 2008 Michael Awards, Lydia was recognized as "Model of the Year",[2] as well as acknowledged and given the award for Best International Supermodel at the Madrid Glamour Awards on November 12.[3]

She has modelled on the international runway circuit and at many fashion shows on behalf of Chanel, Fendi, Rebecca Taylor, Catherine Malandrino, Twinkle, Nicole Miller, Three As Four, and Jeremy Scott.[4]


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.[5] In 2007, Hearst appeared in Puma's French 77, which led her to design a line of handbags for the collection.[6]

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.[7]


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

She has since launched a lifestyle/fashion blog where she regularly posts.[8]

Acting career[edit]

As a child Lydia 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.[9]


Year Title Role Notes
2008 Last International Playboy[10] Stella
2008 Fame Fatale[11] Short film
2009 Cepheus[12] Model-Self
2009 Consumed[13] Model-Self Short film
2009 Gossip Girl[14] Amelia Episode: "Much 'I Do' About Nothing"
2012 Two Jacks[15] Alexis
2012 Velvet Morning[16] Velvet Short film
2012 Amnesia[17] Micaela
2012 I Am AiKO[18] Aiko Short film
2013 Delirium[19] Jennifer
2013 Mistresses[20] Story Episode: "Ultimatum"
2014 Desire[21] Penelope Short Film
2014 Automobile Waltz[22] Penelope Short film
2014 The Barber[23] Melissa
2014 Cabin Fever: Patient Zero[24] Bridget
2015 Condemned[25] Tess Premiering at ScreamFest October 18, 2015
2015 #Horror Lisa
2015 Stealing Chanel[26] Lisa Premiers September 30, 2015 on LMN
2015 South of Hell[27] Charlotte Roberts 7 Episodes - Premiering November 27, 2015 WEtv
2016 Downside Of Bliss[28] Bliss Derek Post-production

Other roles[edit]

Hearst made an appearance in the music video for the Miles Fisher cover of "This Must Be the Place",[29] which was a successful parody of the film, American Psycho. Hearst again starred in a music video in 2012 for Cisco Adler's "Song for All the Girls",[30] 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 upcoming second edition of Oxygen's The Face modeling reality competition. The season premiered on March 5, 2014.[31]


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

Personal life[edit]

Hearst has been in a relationship with comedian Chris Hardwick since 2014. The couple became engaged on September 12, 2015. She previously dated actors Kevin Connolly and Jeff Goldblum.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Lydia Hearst". IMDb. 
  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. ^ "Lydia Hearst". Lydia Hearst.  (Adobe Flash)
  5. ^ "Lydia Hearst". Lydia Hearst.  (Adobe Flash)
  6. ^ Beckett, Whitney (2007-11-28). "Lydia Hearst,Puma Go Mainstream". Women's Wear Daily. WWD, Advance Publications. Retrieved 2007-11-28. 
  7. ^ Elle Magazine - Swarovski - The Heart Truth. Vimeo. 
  8. ^ "Love Lydia Hearst". 
  9. ^ Lydia Hearst at the Internet Movie Database
  10. ^ The Last International Playboy (2008) at the Internet Movie Database
  11. ^ Fame Fatale by Tara Subkoff for bebe. YouTube. 2 September 2008. 
  12. ^ CEPHEUS - Short Film. YouTube. 26 January 2012. 
  13. ^ Consumed - Short Film. YouTube. 24 February 2010. 
  14. ^ ""Gossip Girl" Much 'I Do' About Nothing (TV Episode 2008)" at the Internet Movie Database
  15. ^ Two Jacks (2012) at the Internet Movie Database
  16. ^ 1 Velvet Morning. YouTube. 3 July 2012. 
  17. ^ Amnesia at the Internet Movie Database
  18. ^ I Am AiKO - Short Film. YouTube. 26 January 2012. 
  19. ^ Delirium (2013) at the Internet Movie Database
  20. ^ ""Mistresses" Ultimatum (TV Episode 2013)". IMDb. 
  21. ^ Desire (2014) at the Internet Movie Database
  22. ^ KENZO Spring 2014 - Automobile Waltz. YouTube. 10 February 2014. 
  23. ^ The Barber at the Internet Movie Database
  24. ^ "Lydia Hearst Is On for Cabin Fever: Patient Zero". 23 October 2012. 
  25. ^ "The Face's Lydia Hearst to Terrorize Dylan Penn in New Horror Movie". E! Online. 
  26. ^ Stealing Chanel at the Internet Movie Database
  27. ^ "Lydia Hearst Joining WE TV's 'South Of Hell'". Hollywood Reporter. 
  28. ^ Downside Of Bliss at the Internet Movie Database
  29. ^ "Think Lydia Hearst Regrets That American Psycho Video? Guess Again!". Observer. 
  30. ^ Song For All The Girls. Vimeo. 
  31. ^ "Reality TV World: 'The Face' adding Anne Vyalitsyna and Lydia Hearst as new second-season supermodel coaches". 
  32. ^[dead link]
  33. ^ BobMetelus. "Lydia Hearst host the Catwalk for Charity 2014 event at JW Marriott...". Getty Images. 

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