Lily Aldridge started modeling for Victoria’s Secret in 2009, and since then she has gotten married and become a mother.
Esquire put it best when they said, “Sex symbol, wife, mother: Aldridge makes this having-it-all business we hear so much about from our own womenfolk look effortless.”
Here’s what you need to know about her career and personal life.
1. She’s a Victoria’s Secret Angel
“Becoming an Angel was a huge achievement, the turning point in my career. It’s made me a household name – very few models get that chance anymore,” she told Net a Porter.
However, the California girl did not have her heart set on modeling. In fact, she told Harper’s Bazaar, “Being a Victoria’s Secret Angel was probably the last thing I thought I’d be when I was younger—I wanted to be a KROQ DJ and a soccer player.”
Besides walking in Victoria’s Secret fashion shows, the brunette has and she also has walked the runway for Rag & Bone and posed for ads for Coach, Clinque and Anthropologie.
Watch the short film above, which shows Aldridge preparing for a dinner party. She has a penchant for cooking and told Men’s Fitness her favorite dish to prepare. “I make really good peas with prosciutto. It’s my go-to.”
2. She’s Married to a Rocker
In May of 2011, she tied the knot with Kings of Leon frontman Caleb Followill.
“We’re so compatible; he’s the coolest guy I’ve ever met, and my best friend,” she gushed to Net a Porter.
The musician gets his own private show prior to Aldridge strutting her stuff on the runway. She told Harper’s how she prepares for a fashion show at home. “I put on music and walk for my husband,” she explained.
3. Her Mother Was a Playboy Playmate
— Candace Jordan (@CandidCandace) December 28, 2013
Her mother, Laura Lyons, was a Playboy playmate in the ’70s.
As a youngster, Aldridge found this out accidentally. She told Esquire, “When I was like 10 or 11, I found a copy of Playboy in my dad’s studio, and I ran to tell my mom! I thought it meant he’d had an affair or something! But my mom was amazing about it – she sat me down and explained that she was one of the Playmates. And I thought it was the coolest thing!”
The women in her family are also involved in the business.
Lily’s half-sister Saffron is an ex Ralph Lauren model and younger sister Ruby also modeled.
4. Her Baby Already Modeled for Vogue
— Victoria's Secret BR (@theangelsvs) July 16, 2013
Her and Followill’s first child, a daughter, Dixie Pearl, was born in 2012, and a year later, already made her modeling debut in Vogue, shown above.
As far as being able to manage her career and being a mother, she told Romy and the Bunnies, “It’s all about balance. I love my career and love to work, but obviously now Dixie is my main priority so I only do jobs that I love!”
She dished to Harper’s that motherhood has made her more fashion forward:
I’ve actually become more excited about fashion since becoming a mom. I just love it so much, before I would just wear t-shirts and jeans everyday, and now i love dressing up. Maybe it’s because you’re pregnant for so long, and limited to what you can wear, that you get excited about it again.
5. She Likes Working Out, But Not Running
She dished to Shape about how she gets her runway-ready body.
“I love Ballet Beautiful. Mary Helen Bowers is my trainer. It’s changed my body in a beautiful way. But I hate running. I can’t get in that zone that people that people talk about. I don’t get it. I’m like, “You’re lying,” she said.