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Lily Monica Donaldson (born 27 January 1988) is an English model.

Lily Donaldson
Lily Donaldson Cannes 2012.jpg
Donaldson in 2012
Lily Monica Donaldson

(1988-01-27) 27 January 1988 (age 31)
Years active2003–present
Modelling information
Height1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Hair colourBlonde
Eye colourBlue
AgencyIMG Models (New York, Paris, Milan, London, Sydney)
Stockholmsgruppen (Stockholm)[1]


Lily Donaldson modeling at New York Fashion Week 2007

Donaldson was born in London, and educated at the Camden School for Girls, living in Kentish Town with her parents.[2] She has a younger sister named Aurelia.[3] She was scouted by Select Model Management in 2003 at the age of 16 while shopping in Camden, and went on to debut in the Fall/Winter 2004 season walking shows for designers such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Moschino, Missoni and Jill Sander.

Donaldson has notably landed big campaigns for fashion houses such as Burberry, Gucci, Versace, Fendi, Lanvin, Calvin Klein, Jil Sander, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Balenciaga, Roberto Cavalli, Hugo Boss, Alexander McQueen, Max Mara, Shiatzy Chen, H&M, Topshop, Aldo, Kenzo, Anna Sui[4] 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".[5][6] 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.[7]

Donaldson has appeared on 28 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[8] and also walked in the 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 shows.[9]

In 2009, Vogue Paris declared her one of the top 30 models of the 2000s.[10] Donaldson is the face of the new 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.[11] She wore a gold ball gown by Vivienne Westwood.[12]

London 2012 Models (2)

Personal lifeEdit

She is close friends with models Gemma Ward and Irina Lazareanu,[13] the latter with whom she shot two Mulberry campaigns.[14]

After five years living in New York, Donaldson moved back to London in late 2010.[15]

Fleetwood Mac legend Mick Fleetwood is Lily's great-uncle.[16]


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  2. ^ How the world fell in love with Camden girl Lily Donaldson - Fashion - Life & Style - London Evening Standard
  3. ^ "Lily the Londoner takes her place among the world's top models". Mail Online. 4 May 2008. Retrieved 22 June 2008.
  4. ^ "Anna Sui Forbidden Affair Fragrance F/W 10". 2010. Retrieved January 23, 2017.
  5. ^ Lee, Helen (11 April 2007). "Vogue's 'World's Next Top Models' cover". Retrieved 18 April 2011.
  6. ^ Hit Girls - American Vogue, May 2007 Archived 2008-12-22 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Lily Donaldson". Retrieved 11 April 2008.
  8. ^ the Fashion spot. Retrieved 2012-04-16.
  9. ^ Profile of Lily Donaldson. Retrieved 2012-04-16.
  10. ^ Les 30 Mannequins des Années 2000 Retrieved 20 January 2010
  11. ^ London Olympics | Fashion Show
  12. ^ Olympics Closing Ceremony | Fashion Shoot
  13. ^ "Lily Donaldson - Model Profile". Retrieved 3 December 2007.
  14. ^ "Irina Lazareanu - Model Profile". Retrieved 3 December 2007.
  15. ^ "How the world fell in love with Camden girl Lily Donaldson". Archived from the original on 2011-02-21. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help) Evening Standard
  16. ^ "STEVIE NICKS is the consumate [sic] tease". FLEETWOOD MAC News and Reviews

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