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Sunday, June 7, 2015

Lydia Hearst

It is hard to pinpoint the exact moment that I wanted to work in entertainment and fashion, but it is something I remember always having my heart set on. The fashion industry is fickle and fast-paced – Trends and faces change every season – though, I have always loved the creative process. For someone who is only 5’7″ (give or take an inch), shy and unique looking, becoming a true model was no small feat. But, as fate would have it, I became one of the lucky ones. I was discovered by Steven Meisel and given my first VOGUE cover in Italy, March 2004, and shortly there after my first campaign, Prada FW2004. I had no idea what being a model even entailed – even though I knew that it was what I wanted to do and a part of who I was destined to become. Showing up at Milk Studios in Chelsea Piers surrounded by models like Karen Elson, Elise Crombez, Gemma Ward, Jessica Stam and Raquel Zimmerman was SO intimidating. These were the beautiful women who I looked up to and admired as I poured through my monthly fashion magazines… Then suddenly, there they were in the flesh. These women were shooting a campaign for one of the greatest fashion houses in the world and there I was, among them. This moment was a dream come true! And yet, it was only just the beginning…

From my experience, I can honestly say that one should never give up on their dreams. Instead of going through life saying “I want” or “I hope” say “I WILL”! It is important to always believe in yourself and chase your dreams. I did, and I still do.

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