Lydia Hearst

Lydia Marie Hearst-Shaw (born September 19, 1984) is an American fashion model, actress, socialite, heiress, and lifestyle blogger. She is a great-granddaughter of newspaper publisher and politician William Randolph Hearst and a daughter of the author and actress Patty Hearst.

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Hearst in 2015
Lydia Marie Hearst-Shaw

(1984-09-19) September 19, 1984 (age 37)
Alma materSacred Heart University
Years active2004–present
(m. 2016)
Parent(s)Patty Hearst (mother)
RelativesWilliam Randolph Hearst (great-grandfather)
Modeling information
Hair colorBlonde[1]
Eye colorGreen

Early life and educationEdit

Hearst-Shaw was born in 1984,[3] the daughter of actress Patty Hearst and Bernard L. Shaw, a former San Francisco police officer.[4] She attended Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut until 2003, when she began fashion modeling.[5]

Modeling careerEdit

Magazines and fashion showsEdit

Photographer Steven Meisel "discovered" Hearst and shot her first magazine cover for Vogue Italia in April 2004.[citation needed] Since then, she has appeared internationally on a variety of magazine covers such as Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Elle, Marie Claire, GQ, L'Officiel, and Esquire. She has worked with several well-known photographers such as Meisel, Patrick Demarchelier, Ellen Von Unwerth, Mario Testino, Peter Lindbergh, Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.

In 2008, Hearst was recognized as "Model of the Year" at the Michael Awards,[6] and chosen "Best International Supermodel" at the Madrid Glamour Awards.[7]

Hearst has modeled for fashion designers such as Chanel, Fendi, Catherine Malandrino, Nicole Miller, and Jeremy Scott.[8]


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.[9] In 2007, she appeared in Puma's French 77, which led Puma to commission her to design a line of handbags for the collection.[10]

In Spring of 2012, Swarovski chose Hearst to be its ambassador for its Heart Truth campaign, sponsored by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, intended to raise women's awareness about heart health.[11]


Hearst was briefly a columnist for Page Six, a feature of the Sunday edition of the New York Post.

She also ran a lifestyle and fashion blog.[12]


Year Title Role Notes
2008 Last International Playboy Stella
2008 Fame Fatale[13] Short film
2009 Cepheus[14] Model/self
2009 Consumed[15] Model/self Short film
2009 Gossip Girl Amelia Episode: "Much 'I Do' About Nothing"
2012 Two Jacks Alexis
2012 Velvet Morning[16] Velvet Short film
2012 Amnesia Micaela
2012 I Am AiKO[17] Aiko Short film
2013 Delirium Jennifer
2013 Mistresses Story Episode: "Ultimatum"
2014 Desire Penelope Short film
2014 Automobile Waltz[18] Penelope Short film
2014 The Barber Melissa
2014 Cabin Fever: Patient Zero[19] Bridget
2015 Condemned[20] Tess
2015 #Horror Lisa
2015 Stealing Chanel Chanel
2015 South of Hell[21] Charlotte Roberts 7 episodes
2016 Swing State Julia Davies
2016 All at Once Amy
2018 50k Chloe
2018 Z Nation Pandora Season 5
2019 The Haunting of Sharon Tate Abigail Folger
2019 Between Worlds Mary
2020 The Shadow Diaries Christine / Maria Voice role; podcast
2021 The Downside of Bliss Bliss Derek
2021 Grace and Grit Amy
2021 Aileen Wuornos: American Boogeywoman Jennifer Fell
2022 Titanic 666 Idina Bess [22]
TBA Slayers Filming

Other rolesEdit

Hearst made an appearance in the music video for the Miles Fisher cover of "This Must Be the Place".[23] Hearst again starred in a music video in 2012 for Cisco Adler's "Song for All the Girls",[24] where she is graphically murdered by a spin saw. She also has a minor role in Johnny Polygon's "LimoSexSuperstar" video.

Reality TVEdit

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.[25]

Personal lifeEdit

Hearst married Chris Hardwick on August 20, 2016 in Pasadena, California.[26] In August 2021, they announced they were expecting their first child,[27] and on January 29, 2022 their daughter’s birth was on Instagram.[28]


Her family's tradition of philanthropy inspired Hearst to become a Smile Ambassador for Operation Smile. In 2012, she received the Smile Award for her dedication to the organization.[29] She also received a humanitarian award at the Catwalk For Charity 2014 event.[30]


  1. ^ "Lydia Hearst". Archived from the original on 2020-12-04. Retrieved 2014-06-12. (Adobe Flash)
  2. ^ "Lydia Hearst - Model".
  3. ^ Amory, Cleveland, ed. (1986). Celebrity Register. Harper & Row. p. 223. ISBN 978-0-9615476-0-8.
  4. ^ Slotnik, Daniel E. (20 December 2013). "Bernard Shaw, Husband and Bodyguard of Patty Hearst, Dies at 68". The New York Times.
  5. ^ "Famous Connecticut Grads: Lydia Hearst-Shaw". Hartford Courant. Archived from the original on 5 October 2016.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ Buchheit, Scott (2008-11-14). "Lydia Hearst receives Glamour Award". freelance journalist. Archived from the original on 2010-04-06. Retrieved 2008-11-14.
  8. ^ "Lydia Hearst". Archived from the original on 2020-12-04. Retrieved 2014-06-12. (Adobe Flash)
  9. ^ "Lydia Hearst". Archived from the original on 2020-12-04. Retrieved 2014-06-12. (Adobe Flash)
  10. ^ Beckett, Whitney (2007-11-28). "Lydia Hearst, Puma Go Mainstream". Women's Wear Daily. WWD, Advance Publications. Retrieved 2007-11-28.
  11. ^ Elle Magazine - Swarovski - The Heart Truth. Vimeo.
  12. ^ "Love Lydia Hearst".
  13. ^ Fame Fatale by Tara Subkoff for bebe. YouTube. 2 September 2008. Archived from the original on 2021-12-14.
  14. ^ CEPHEUS - Short Film. YouTube. 26 January 2012. Archived from the original on 2021-12-14.
  15. ^ Consumed - Short Film. YouTube. 24 February 2010. Archived from the original on 2021-12-14.
  16. ^ 1 Velvet Morning. YouTube. 3 July 2012. Archived from the original on 2021-12-14.
  17. ^ I Am AiKO - Short Film. YouTube. 26 January 2012. Archived from the original on 2021-12-14.
  18. ^ KENZO Spring 2014 - Automobile Waltz. YouTube. 10 February 2014. Archived from the original on 2021-12-14.
  19. ^ "Lydia Hearst Is On for Cabin Fever: Patient Zero". 23 October 2012. Archived from the original on 5 November 2015. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  20. ^ "The Face's Lydia Hearst to Terrorize Dylan Penn in New Horror Movie". E! Online. 26 March 2014.
  21. ^ "Lydia Hearst Joining WE TV's 'South Of Hell'". Hollywood Reporter. 22 October 2014.
  22. ^ Donato, Matt (14 April 2022). "Tubi's Horror Titanic 666 Goes Down with the Ship". Paste. Retrieved 23 April 2022.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  23. ^ "Think Lydia Hearst Regrets That American Psycho Video? Guess Again!". Observer. 23 July 2009.
  24. ^ Song For All The Girls. Vimeo.
  25. ^ "Reality TV World: 'The Face' adding Anne Vyalitsyna and Lydia Hearst as new second-season supermodel coaches".
  26. ^ Natalie Stone (August 21, 2016). "And the Bride Wore Pink! Talking Dead's Chris Hardwick and Lydia Hearst Are Married". People.
  27. ^ Schonter, Allison (August 23, 2021). "Lydia Hearst and Chris Hardwick Announce They're Expecting First Child Together".
  28. ^ Chris Hardwick on Instagram: New human alert!
  29. ^ "Operation Smile: The Smile Blog". Archived from the original on September 8, 2014. Retrieved June 12, 2014.
  30. ^ BobMetelus. "Lydia Hearst host the Catwalk for Charity 2014 event at JW Marriott..." Getty Images.

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