Lily Maud Aldridge (born November 15, 1985) used to be one of the lesser known Victoria's Secret models, but that doesn't mean she isn't just as gorgeous as the rest.
|Lily at the after-party for the 2014 Victoria's Secret Fashion in London|
Lily has been a Victoria's Secret "Angel" since 2010, walking the runway with the likes of Sigrid Agren, Candice Swanepoel and all the other top international fashion models.
|Taylor Swift on an April 1, 2016 trip to Disney's California Adventure with pal Lily Aldrige, 30, and the model's daughter, 3-year-old Dixie Followill. Note the stoic bodyguard in the back.|
Like many other top Victoria's Secret models, Lily is friends with Taylor Swift. They hang out together - accompanied by Taylor's rather burly bodyguard.
Thus, Lily is amongst the elite of the elite. Even other Victoria's Secret models are jealous of the Angels, who get prized long-term contracts and are featured in premium advertisements, such as during the Super Bowl.
She broke through big time when she became a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue covergirl, appearing as a rookie alongside Chrissy Tiegen and Nina Agdal for the cover of the issue's 50th anniversary in 2014. That is a rare honor indeed, even if she did have to share the cover.
You don't get better references than that as a model. She's a good looking girl. I realize I didn't have to say that. But she is.
Lily, a 5-foot-9 stunner, met her husband, Kings of Leon frontman Caleb Followill, in 2007 at the Coachella Festival. The couple married on May 12, 2011, at the San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, California. Aldridge gave birth to their daughter, Dixie Pearl Followill, on June 21, 2012, in Nashville, Tennessee.
The birth didn't put Lily out of action for very long.
"I ate so much salmon for the last two months -- you wouldn't believe it!" she recalled. "Literally, I cannot see salmon for like eight months, I ate so much of it." This was all to get back in action for a November fashion show, at which she stunned as usual.
|With husband Caleb Followill of Kings of Leon.|
"I tried to eat really clean foods before the show, and I just had a baby, so I was eating overtime to keep with breast feeding," Aldridge explained. Nearly every day after giving birth, Aldridge said, she "ate really clean foods: all organic fruits and vegetables. I can't wait to eat a burger."
|Doing a little shopping with gal pal Kate Upton.|
Always willing to do good deeds, Lily participated in a charitable ad campaign funded by online retailer Shopbop that involved mother-daughter combinations. Shopbop hired famed photographer Patrick Demarchelier to shoot Lily and her daughter Dixie wore tunics designed by Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump for nonprofit organization Born Free, which has as its goal eliminating mother-to-child HIV transmission in Africa. Among the other models in the campaign were Sasha Pivovarova, Karolina Kurkova and Chanel Iman.
|Lily and daughter Dixie posing for the Born Free campaign (photo by Patrick Demarchelier).|
Lily has good genes. She is the daughter of English artist Alan Aldridge and Playboy Playmate of the month Laura Lyons (February 1976). Her half-sister Saffron also was a model, as was her sister Ruby. Obviously, good looks run in the family.
|A classic Victoria's Secret shot.|
Lily has about 5 million people following her Instagram page. She keeps it up to date, so it is a good follow if you are a fan.
Lily posed for this shot on November 7, 2012 less than five months after giving birth to Dixie, her first child with Kings of Leon frontman Caleb Followill.