Birthday Style Icon: Lily Cole

In case anyone missed it, today is my birthday!!! It is also the birthday of today’s Style Icon: Lily Cole, model, actress, university undergrad student and humanitarian and environmental campaigner:


She might only turn 23 today but she has not wasted any time in using her celebrity star to its advantage.

Sources: left; and right.

Cole was scouted at 14 and had her break in 2003 when she shot a photo-shoot of Italian Vogue. The following year, in 2004, Lily Cole was named “Model of the Year” at the British Fashion Awards.


Since then Cole has appeared on the covers of many fashion magazines around the world, including the American, Italian, British, Japanese and Korean editions of Vogue.

Lily Cole has appeared on catwalks at Fashion Week’s across the world, including for Chanel, Alexander McQueen, Jasper Conran and Louis Vuitton:


In 2008 Lily Cole commenced her studies at King’s College, Cambridge, reading History of Art. She has embraced student life – even taking to cycling around the city, like many students at Cambridge University. Her easy style proves that there is more to student dressing than sweat pants and baggy tees!

Sources (left to right): #1; #2; #3; and #4.

Lily Cole has utilised her position to gain publicity for numerous charities, particularly those with an environmental or humanitarian angle. She has even used fashion to demonstrate her commitment to these causes:

Sources: left; and right.

What do you make of this student’s style? Who is your Style Icon?

If you have missed the previous style icons featured on the blog, check them out here.

I am seeking for bloggers who would like to write a guest post for this series (see here for previous guest bloggers on this site) about their Style Icon. Please get in touch if you would like to get involved. You can find out more here.

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