With her mane of gorgeous brown hair, glowing skin, high cheekbones and perfect physique she definitely is worthy to be a Victoria’s Secret Angel. Even her gap-toothed smile adds to the charisma that is Lily Maud Aldridge. Born on November 15, 1985 to artist Alan Aldridge and Playboy Playmate of the Month Laura Lyons and nurtured among fashion-oriented siblings – her half-sister and sister both models and her half-brother a fashion photographer – Lily had her world cut out for her.
Her first modelling stint was with Abercrombie & Fitch at the age of 16. A year later she appeared on the cover of the August 2003 Spanish Vogue. Since then she assimilated numerous campaigns to her portfolio with the likes of Rocawear, Arden B., Shiatzy Chen, Bobbi Brown, Smashbox Cosmetics, Gap, Tommy Hilfiger, Coach, JCrew, Charles David, Levi’s, J Brand, Accessorize, Rag & Bone, XOXO, Proactive, Shopbop.
She has been the face of Velvet Tee’s for 9 years. In 2013, she released her own clothing line with Velvet Tees called Lily Aldridge for Velvet. The pieces are named after friends and family.
She has also been featured in editorials for Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Teen Vogue, Elle Girl, Elle America, Elle Korea, American Vogue, British Vogue, Vogue Turkey, Galore, Harper’s Bazaar, Lucky, Marie Claire, Vanidades and V magazine with her sister Ruby. She made her Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue debut in 2014, as a cover model alongside Chrissy Tiegen and Nina Agdal for the issue’s 50th anniversary. She has appeared on the cover of the February 2011 issue of British GQ and appeared in the October 2014 issue of British Vogue with fellow Victoria’s Secret Angels. Her most daring editorial by far is her topless cover on Maxim’s April 2015 issue.
She walked in her first Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 2009. The next year she became a Victoria’s Secret Angel and walked her second fashion show donning her wings for the first time. Since then she has walked every annual fashion show.
Recently she appeared on her BFF Taylor Swift’s music video for “Bad Blood” portraying an assassin called “Frostbyte”. She also appeared in two “Kings of Leon” (her husband’s band) videos for “Use Somebody” and “Temple”.
On May 2011, Lily met “Kings of Leon” frontman Caleb Followill at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in 2007. They tied the knot on May 2011 after being engaged for eight months. “We’re so compatible, he’s the coolest guy I’ve ever met, and my best friend,” she gushed in an interview. She gave birth to their daughter Dixie Pearl Followill on June 2012. A year later Dixie made her modelling debut in Vogue.
As far as being able to manage her career and being a mother, Lily said “It’s all about balance. I love my career and love to work, but obviously now Dixie is my main priority so I only do jobs that I love!”