LILY DONALDSON

LILY DONALDSON

British superstar Lily Donaldson loves her porridge – but also The Wire and coconut oil. Read on to learn more of her secrets.

Lily Donaldson for Balmain S/S16, Getty Images.

When asked about Lily Donaldson, legendary photographer Mario Testino once said: ”Lily has that very valuable quality in a model, that English look.” 

And what look is that, if we try to decipher Testino’s statement? In Lily Donaldson’s case, it’s a fascinating mix of an ultra cool Londoner and a delicate English rose. 

British media has dubbed her the ”first home-grown supermodel since Kate Moss”. We will leave it to others to decide if they are right or not – but undeniably, few can match Lily Donaldson’s resume. She has been on more than 20 Vogue covers, starred in campaigns for Calvin Klein, Burberry, Gucci and H&M and walked all the prestigious catwalks (last year’s Victoria’s Secret show was her sixth). 

During her visit to Stockholm and the H&M photo studios, we asked Lily Donaldson to share some of secrets.

IN MY CAREER, I AM MOST PROUD OVER… 
”Being able to work with some of the best creative minds in the world!”

MY MOST MEMORABLE SHOOT WAS…
”One was travelling to Peru with Mario Testino for Vogue.”

MY CREATIVE OUTLET IS… 
”Painting and drawing.”

MY MODEL ICON IS… 
”Raquel [Zimmermann], Doutzen [Kroes]… There are many!”

MY BEAUTY SECRET IS…
”Coconut oil.”

I KEEP IN SHAPE BY…
”Pilates, biking and always being on the move!”

FOR A QUICK HAIR FIX, I… 
”Use coconut oil.”

MY DE-STRESS TRICK IS… 
”A bath!!”

MY SECRET TALENT IS…
”Cooking.”

I SMELL LIKE… 
”Lily.”

MY FAVOURITE OFF DUTY LOOK IS…
”Jeans.” 

RIGHT NOW, I AM OBSESSED WITH…
”My new record player!”

THE BEST BEAUTY TIP I’VE EVER RECEIVED IS…
”As much sleep as possible!”

MY FAVOURITE HOTEL IS…
”The Gritti Palace in Venice, Italy.”

MY FAVOURITE RESTAURANT IS… 
”Omen in New York.”

FOR BREAKFAST, I ALWAYS HAVE…
”Porridge. Very British!”

FOR A LONG FLIGHT, I ALWAYS PACK…
”Headphones and snacks.”

WHEN I HAVE SOME FREE TIME, I…
”Paint.” 

THE BEST ADVICE I’VE EVER RECEIVED IS… 
”Compare and despair.”

MY FAVOURITE THING TO SHOP WHEN I AM AWAY IS… 
”Food! I love going to local markets.”

BEING A MODEL, I’VE LEARNT… 
”How to travel light and efficiently.”

MY FAVOURITE TV SHOW IS… 
The Wire.”

RIGHT NOW, I AM READING…
Fountainhead by Ayn Rand.”

 

LILY DONDALDSON

AGENCY: IMG Models

DISCOVERED: When I was 16, walking around in Camden Town where I grew up.

CITY: New York

FAMILY: All in the UK. My sister lives in London and my mum and brother (who is 9) live in the countryside.

INSTAGRAM: @Lilymdonaldson

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