Lydia Marie Hearst-Shaw (born September 19, 1984), commonly known as Lydia Hearst, is an American actress, fashion model, lifestyle blogger, and heiress to the publishing fortune established by her maternal great-grandfather, William Randolph Hearst.

Early life

Hearst was born in Wilton, Connecticut, to Patty Hearst and Bernard Shaw. After graduating from Wilton High School, she attended Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut.

Modeling career

Magazines and fashion shows

Always inspired by fashion, photography and the arts she was discovered by photographer Steven Meisel who shot her first magazine cover for Vogue Italia in April 2004. Hearst has covered fashion magazines in Italy, France, Korea, Japan, Latin America, and the United States. She has worked with photographers worldwide including Steven Meisel, Patrick DeMarchelier, Ellen Von Unwerth, Mario Testino, Paulo Roversi, Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, Bettina Rheims, Mark Abrams, and Peter Lindbergh.

At the 2008 Michael Awards, Lydia was recognized as "Model of the Year", as well as acknowledged and given the award for Best International Supermodel at the Madrid Glamour Awards on November 12.

She has modelled on the international runway circuit and at many fashion shows on behalf of Chanel, Fendi, Rebecca Taylor, Catherine Malandrino, Twinkle, Nicole Miller, Three As Four, and Jeremy Scott.


Hearst has appeared in advertising campaigns for Prada, Louis Vuitton, Alexander McQueen, Bottega Veneta, Sephora, L'Oreal Ferria, DKNY, MYLA Lingerie, H&M, NARS Cosmetics, MAC Cosmetics, Miss Me Jeans, Moschino Cheap & Chic. In 2007, Hearst appeared in Puma's French 77, which led her to design a line of handbags for the collection.

In Spring of 2012, Swarovski launched its Heart Truth campaign naming Hearst as its ambassador. This campaign was a national awareness campaign that aimed to empower women to improve their heart health and sponsored by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.


Hearst briefly was a columnist for the short-lived Page Six magazine, which came in the Sunday edition of the New York Post. She appeared on the cover of the 30 September 2007 issue of the magazine.

She has since launched a lifestyle/fashion blog where she regularly posts.

Acting career

As a child Lydia spent time on the set of John Waters' films with her mother, Patty. This inspired Hearst in her decision to pursue a career in entertainment.


2008Last International PlayboyStella
2008Fame FataleShort film
2009ConsumedModel-SelfShort film
2009Gossip GirlAmeliaEpisode: "Much 'I Do' About Nothing"
2012Two JacksAlexis
2012Velvet MorningVelvetShort film
2012I Am AiKOAikoShort film
2013MistressesStoryEpisode: "Ultimatum"
2014DesirePenelopeShort Film
2014Automobile WaltzPenelopeShort film
2014The BarberMelissa
2014Cabin Fever: Patient ZeroBridget
2015CondemnedTessPremiered at ScreamFest October 18, 2015
2015Stealing ChanelLisaPremiered September 30, 2015 on LMN
2015South of HellCharlotte Roberts7 Episodes - Premiered November 27, 2015 WE tv
2016Downside Of BlissBliss DerekPost-production

Other roles

Hearst made an appearance in the music video for the Miles Fisher cover of "This Must Be the Place". Hearst again starred in a music video in 2012 for Cisco Adler's "Song for All the Girls", where she is graphically murdered by a spin saw. She also has a minor role in Johnny Polygon's "LimoSexSuperstar" video.

Reality TV

Hearst served alongside Anne Vyalitsyna and Naomi Campbell as a supermodel coach for the upcoming second edition of Oxygen's The Face modeling reality competition. The season premiered on March 5, 2014.

Personal life

Hearst and Chris Hardwick were married on August 20, 2016 in Pasadena, California.


Her family has a tradition of involvement in philanthropic causes which has led to Lydia's involvement in becoming a Smile Ambassador for Operation Smile and receiving the Smile Award for her dedication to the organization in 2012, and to receive a humanitarian Award from Catwalk For Charity June 8, 2014.