The extravagant Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2015 was hosted in New York City on the 10th of November. 20 years of spectacular lingerie fashion shows were celebrated with a total of 47 models, including all-time favourite veteran angels like Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio and Lily Aldridge, as well as new coming high-profilers Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid. With such a powerful line-up, who would be able to stand out? Maybe with a little help from a certain Fantasy Bra, it might be a little easier to steal the eyes of the crowd. This year’s Fantasy Bra Angel was Lily Aldridge and with a 2$ million bra she definitely stood out. But what do we know about this brunette angel? Let’s take a deeper look.
Lily Aldridge walked her first fashion show for Victoria’s Secret in 2009 and in 2010 she was given her wings for the first time. After five years walking as one of the official angels, Victoria’s Secret announced on the 2nd of November 2015 that Lily Aldridge was selected for the show and even more exciting, she was selected to wear the gold and diamond covered Fantasy Bra of 2015 named Fireworks. In this article you’ll get some insight into the life and career of supermodel Lily Aldridge.
Lily Maud Aldridge
In 1985 at Saint John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, California, Lily Maud Aldridge was born. She grew up in a fashion-oriented family, her father is English artist Alan Aldridge, and her mother is Playboy Playmate of the month Laura Lyons. Her siblings are also involved in the fashion industry, her sister is the former face of Marc by Marc Jacobs, Ruby Aldridge, her half-sister is multiyear face of Ralph Lauren in the 90’s, Saffron Aldridge, and her half-brother is fashion photographer Miles Aldridge.
At the age of 16, Lily Aldridge’s own fashion career started. She began modelling for Abercrombie & Fitch and not long after, she was involved in advertising campaigns for brands such as Rocawear, Rag & Bone, Bobbi Brown, Gap, Coach, Tommy Hilfiger, JCrew, Levi’s, as well as many others.
Only one year after Lily Aldridge’s career began in 2002, she appeared on the August 2003 Spanish Vogue, as well as the covers of French Glamour, Vogue Mexico, ELLE Korea, ELLE Brazil, ELLE Vietnam and The Edit, just to mention a few.
Her excellent work as a cover and advertising campaign model made Lily Aldridge the desired model, and she has been featured several times in magazines like Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Teen Vogue, ELLE Girl, ELLE America, American Vogue, British Vogue, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, and in 2011 Lily and her sister Ruby were featured together in an editorial for V Magazine.
As you can imagine, Ruby Aldridge, Lily’s sister, is far from the only model Lily Aldridge has worked with during her on-going modelling career. In 2014 she had her debut on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue alongside supermodels Chrissy Tiegen and Nina Agdal for the issue’s 50th anniversary, a very prestigious job that most models can only dream of. But how is life as a model? Is it really something worth dreaming about? Let’s find out.
Life as a Victoria’s Secret Angel
As mentioned earlier, Lily Aldridge started her Victoria’s Secret career back in 2009 and she didn’t have to wait long until she received her wings and became one of the official angels. The ability to grace the VS catwalk as smoothly and gracefully as a ballerina was one of the reasons why Lily Aldridge received her wings and, ever since, her talent for adding the right amount of personality to her catwalk, has made her one of the brand’s biggest faces. After spreading her angel wings for five years in a row, the veteran model finally received the ultimate honour for an angel, The 2$ million Fantasy Bra. Designed by jeweller Mouwad, the Fantasy Bra is adorned with more than 6,500 precious gems, including diamonds, blue topaz, yellow sapphires and pink quartz all set in 18-karat gold.
To some, the life of Victoria’s Secret angel may seem like good genes, followed by glamour, sparkles, sexy lingerie, and makeup. However, it takes a lot of work to become a successful angel.
The models work hard to prepare their bodies for the annual Fashion Show, not to mention the modelling work they do beside their VS contracts and the countless hours of sitting in an airplane seat when the models are going from one job to another.
Earlier this November, Lily Aldridge revealed her “angel” body secrets to dailymail.co.uk. “I’m eating healthy. Lots of roast chicken and vegetables, eating clean. I mostly cook my own food so I know everything that’s going into it. And I do a lot of Ballet Beautiful. I usually do two workouts a day leading up to the show,” the angel explained. With such a disciplined diet and workout regime, it’s no wonder she has such a dream body.
An Angel and a King
Every year in April, the Coachella Festival takes place in the Coachella Valley, California. The festival is an art and music festival and attracts many celebrities, Lily Aldridge included. The celebrities visit the festival to get a nice break from their busy lives but also to get the chance to show off their most fashionable bohemian outfits. In 2007 Lily Aldridge went to the festival once again, however this year the festival would change her private life forever. Alongside bands and artists such as the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Arctic Monkeys, Justice, The Kooks, Lupe Fiasco and Mika were the Kings of Leon. Lily Aldridge watched the concert and even more important, she met Kings of Leon frontman Caleb Followill.
Three years later, a 2010 edition of US Magazine reported that the couple were engaged, and in the following year the angel married her king at the San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, California.
In June 2012, Lily Aldridge gave birth to a little baby girl in Nashville, Tennesse and the couple became parents for the first time. They decided to name their baby girl Dixie Pearl Followill and this year she turned three years.
With a beautiful family, a dazzling career and a killer body, it is safe to say that Lily Aldridge is as lucky and admirable as she is beautiful, and through her amazing hard work she has earned the ultimate VS honour – being the carrier of the Fantasy Bra of 2015.