Los Angeles, California native Aldridge hails from a large family of celebrated creative professionals. Her father is the noted English illustrator Alan Aldridge, and her mother is former Playboy Bunny and Playmate Laura Lyons; Her siblings include Miles Aldridge, the fashion photographer, and Saffron and Ruby Aldridge, also models. Most notably, Lily became a Victoria’s Secret Angel in 2009, and appeared on the 50th Anniversary cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2014, photographed by James Macari.
Aldridge’s fashion magazine covers, meanwhile, include numerous international editions of Vogue, Elle, Glamour, Tatler, Net-a-Porter’s The Edit, GQ, L'Officiel, Lui, and 10. Additionally, she has appeared on the covers of the newly revamped Self, and MAXIM. The Anglo-American beauty has appeared in countless editorial features for the international editions of Vogue, L’Uomo Vogue, Teen Vogue, V, Vanity Fair, W, Harper’s Bazaar, Lucky, Glamour, Purple, and Love Magazine, among others.
Within the first five years of her modeling career, Aldridge sat for many of the fashion industry’s leading photographers, including Patrick Demarchelier, Bruce Weber, and Terry Richardson. She has also had the great fortune of shooting with Ben Watts, Angelo Pennetta, Russell James, Tom Munro, Regan Cameron, Boo George, Mert & Marcus, and Cliff Watts.
Having received her Angel wings from Victoria’s Secret, Aldridge has since appeared in numerous print and television advertising campaigns for the intimate apparel behemoth. Additional advertising campaigns include Carolina Herrera (photographed by Mario Testino), Michael Kors, Salvatore Ferragamo, Saks Fifth Avenue, J Brand, Tommy Hilfiger, Coach, Alberta Ferretti, Anthropologie, Levi’s, Banana Republic, and XOXO; Aldridge’s beauty partnerships include Clinique, Bobbi Brown, Smashbox Cosmetics, and Herbal Essences.
Aldridge, ever the multi-tasker, has starred in more than a dozen advertising campaigns for Velvet, and recently launched a capsule clothing line under her own name in conjunction with the California-based contemporary fashion company.
Off duty, Aldridge is a cultural omnivore, and divides her time between New York City and Nashville, Tennessee. She enjoys traveling internationally (Sydney, Australia is her favorite destination), and attending film festivals, museums and galleries, and rock concerts with her husband, Kings of Leon lead vocalist, Caleb Followill. The couple welcomed their first child in June 2012.
Aldridge is a generous philanthropist actively involved with St. Jude Children’s Hospital, and Baby Buggy, an organization dedicated to providing essential resources to families in need. Additionally, she partnered with Vogue and Demarchelier for the official Born Free Africa campaign, an initiative aimed at ending mother-to-child HIV transmission by 2015.
31 December 1969
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