The Darling Buds Of Lily Cole | FashionTV’s Model of the Week
She’s a model, an actress, green activist, and student of art. So is there anything the Torquay-born babe can’t do? Meet two-time winner of British Model of the Year, and FashionTV's Model of the Week, Lily Cole.
Signature look: Flame-licked hair, cherubic face, Cambridge-student casual style
Reputation: Established model with an ethical heart
Who can’t help but notice her long flame-licked hair, cherubic face, and chinadoll complexion, for Lily Cole is one of those unmistakable models who arrives on the fashion scene once in a decade. And at the sweet age of 24, she has achieved international status as one of the most successful models in the world, as well as winning FashionTV’s First Face award in 2010!
It all began with a burger. Whilst out with friends in Soho, London, Lily was approached by model scout-turned-actor, Benjamin Hart, at the tender age of 14. No sooner than she had signed to Storm Models did her big break come in 2003; when she caught the eye of fashion photographer Steven Meisel who was captivated by her angelic look.
The result, was her first editorial for Italian Vogue that launched Lily into the spotlight as one of the leading new faces of the year.
Lily has since been featured in countless editorials, advertising campaigns, and numerous covers working with some of the most reputed photographers and designers in the industry. And landed her first British Vogue cover when she was 16 years old! Lily has also appeared on the cover of fashion titles including American and Japanese Vogue -- as well as having walked the catwalk for Alexander McQueen, Chanel, Hermes, Galliano, Louis Vuitton, Jean Paul Gaultier and Marc Jacobs.
While 2012, brought supermodel status as Lily joined the supers; Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Lily Donaldson, Karen Elson, Jourdan Dunn, Stella Tennant and good pal Georgia May Jagger on stage for the 2012 London Olympics Closing Ceremony -- dressed to impress in an Erdem gold embroidered and lace cocktail dress. It was stunning!
Nudity is Art
In contrast to Lily’s innocent face, she admits she has no issue when it comes to getting naked for photoshoots, and featured posing in full frontal nudity for “Paradis,” a French men’s magazine, as well as appearing nude on the front cover of French “Playboy” back in 2008.
“Nudity has always existed in art ... it doesn't necessarily 'debase' anymore than it celebrates ... the human body," Lily commented, speaking to the Independent.
But Lily is much more than just a model. Born to an artist and jewelry designer mother, art has always featured heavily in Lily’s life. She studied history of art at England’s prestigious Cambridge university and admits that working as a model perpetually transports her into new environments which broaden her perceptions daily.
“One day I might be in Dior couture watching paper butterflies fall in a room, or faking death in a crystal McQueen jumpsuit in a ballroom in Paris, or hanging off the side of a palace in India for a Tim Walker photoshoot.” Lily describes in British Vogue.
She has also woken her imagination by starring in a string of movies, including her first role at the age of seven for a friend’s short, Attitude Adjuster, St Trinian's (2007), and Terry Gilliam’s film The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus (2009), in which she starred alongside the late Heath Ledger, Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell, and Jude Law.
Lily 4 Mother Earth
But when she’s not busy modeling, filming for her latest role, or studying, Lily is busy turning her attention to more noble causes... like saving the planet! Lily has her own ethical knitwear range, The North Circular, and has travelled widely with the Environmental Justice Foundation to investigate the problems with the cotton industry. She is also the new brand ambassador for Body Shop cosmetics.
What’s more, Lily can now officially be labeled as a ‘Green Carpet Challenger' after wearing old outfits to the London premiere of her new film Snow White and the Huntsman and to the Cannes Film Festival!
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