Born Lydia Marie Hearst-Shaw, but known professionally as Lydia Hearst, she is a fashion model and actress, probably best known for her role as a mentor on Oxygen’s “The Face” modeling competition. If her last name seems familiar, it’s because Lydia is the daughter of heiress (and kidnapping victim) Patricia Campbell Hearst. Check out a gallery of Lydia's best shots.
Lydia is now an heiress to the Hearst publishing fortune. You know, William Randolph Hearst, the guy who some say “Citizen Kane” is modeled after.
Lydia grew up in Connecticut and attended Wilton High School and later Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. She was majoring in communications technology when she was “discovered” by a photographer, which led to her first modeling gig on the cover of Italian Vogue. Check her out in her Maxim shoot.
As for her body, Lydia Hearst said, “After so many years of working in fashion…I had to learn…how to create an optical illusion where you’re more slender. I’m extremely petite everywhere – except for my T&A.”
Just don’t call her a socialite. “I am definitely not a socialite.” She added, “I am all business, I am all work. You have to take it seriously – this is a world that will eat you up and spit you out faster than you know what hit you.”
Aside from work, Lydia Hearst practices meditation to remain calm. She prefers cooking at home instead of going out, and would rather hang out than go to parties. In 2012, she trained with a circus, learning hand balancing, trapeze and silks.