Lydia Hearst Video Interview, on the Set of Benjamin Kanarek for Harper’s BAZAAR

Lydia Hearst for Harpers BAZAAR en Español © Benjamin Kanarek

As stated on her Twitter account, it is difficult to classify Lydia Hearst in one category only. Heiress? Model? Writer? Philanthropist? Actress?

Some qualities have been acquired by virtue of her inherited social cast and others developed as part of her unique individual talent.

The name Hearst alone brings to mind many images, the Hearst Media Empire founded by her great-great-grandfather George, the gold prospector who became millionaire two centuries ago, his son, William Randolph Hearst, who inspired the Orson Welles film Citizen Kane, the Hearst Castle in California or Patty Hearst her mother, taken hostage by the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) in the 70’s, …

Far from the image of Heiress status where she could have just followed a mapped out career at one of the Magazines from the Hearst Group (Cosmopolitan, Harper’s BAZAAR, Marie Claire, ELLE US, etc), she took the risk with her “Kate Moss stature” to be in the lime light and started a modelling career.

Video Interview of Lydia Hearst

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Lydia Heart‘s first magazine cover was for VOGUE Italia in April 2004, since then she has worked with some of the most renowned photographers in the world including Steven Meisel, Steven Klein, Patrick Demarchelier, Ellen von Unwerth, Mario Testino, Paulo Roversi, Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, Bettina Rheims, Mark Abrams, Peter Lindbergh, Terry Richardson and recently for Harper’s BAZAAR en Español with Benjamin Kanarek.

Surprisingly, she had more coverage with VOGUE Magazine (Covers), Conde Nast Publication Group than with Harper’s BAZAAR Magazines (title owned by the Hearst Group).

Like Millicent Hearst her great-grandmother who founded in 1921, “the Free Milk Fund for Babies” to provide free milk to the poor of New York City for decades, Lydia has been involved and active for few years in a charity called “Operation Smile“. It provides free surgical interventions to repair cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities of children. She just recently returned to a mission conducted by the organization in Panama.

Like her mother Patty did few years ago, she now is embracing an acting career and completed her first feature film this year by Bernard Rose, “Two Jacks“.

Origins are obviously speaking loudly for Lydia and with “sa tête sur les épaules” (her head firmly planted on her shoulders) and her clear vision, ambition and hard work, we can expect a very long and illustrious acting career from her.

Below Lydia’s Portrait written by the Editor in Chief of Harper’s BAZAAR en Español magazine, Toni Salamanca.

Lydia Hearst for Harpers BAZAAR en Español © Benjamin Kanarek
Lydia Hearst for Harpers BAZAAR en Español © Benjamin Kanarek
Lydia Hearst for Harpers BAZAAR en Español © Benjamin Kanarek

The Team

Model: Lydia Hearst at City Paris

Photography by Benjamin Kanarek

Creative Directors, Benjamin Kanarek & Frédérique Renaut

Video Direction and interview, Frédérique Renaut

Styling by Fashion Editor,  Vanessa Naudin

Make-Up by Topolino, at Calliste

Hair by Rita Dell’Orco,

Photo Assistant: Benoît Tremblay

Styling Assistants, Aude Boissou & Faissal El Malak

Hair Stylist Assistant, Silene Tonnello


Video Soundtrack


From Silvouplay’s ” Electric family” album (2010)

Written produced and performed by Silvouplay ( Sebastien Peronnet – Bastien Aubry)

Publishing: osorno publishing P and C osorno records 2010

Special thank to Thomas Sandoval


Special Thanks to

The Mandarin Oriental Hotel of ParisRoyal Oriental Suite, a duplex apartment fit for a King & Queen.


About Frederique Renaut
Born in Paris, France, Fashion & Beauty Director for Frédérique Renaut wears 2 hats: 1/ Consultant in Communication for the Luxury Industry specialized in International Communication, Media & Advertising, 2/ Creative Direction, Video Direction for Fashion and Beauty shoots for publications like VOGUE & Harper's BAZAAR. She has also worked as an International Executive Manager for major cosmetics brands (Jean-Paul Gaultier, Issey Miyake and Narciso Rodriguez fragrances) and Couture Houses (Yves Saint Laurent, Louis Féraud & Givenchy by Alexander McQueen).