Muses / Lily Cole by 13 big photographers

Lily Cole was born in Torbay, England on May 19, 1988 and raised in London. She and her two siblings were raised by an artistic mother.

A chance encounter began her modelling career when she was fourteen. She was walking through the streets of Soho after a hamburger with friends when scout-turned actor Benjamin Hart approached her.
Lily ran, fearing she was being chased by ‘some dodgey guy’ but after being asked if she considered modelling she accepted and was signed on with Storm Models.

Lily’s big break came almost immediately in 2003 when she caught the eye of photographer Steven Meisel who was captivated by Lily’s long limbs, porcelain skin and fiery red hair. It was on that photoshoot, her first ‘only girl’ story for Italian Vogue that Lily was catapulted into the spotlight as one of the leading new faces of the year.

Since then, Lily has worked with many of the industries most noted photographers.

Simon Emmett @CLM

Karen Collins

Kayt Jones

Olaf Blecker @ Bransch


Mario Sorrenti

Damon Baker @ JedRoot

Juergen Teller

Miles Aldridge

Peter Ashlee

Mark Zibert

Terry Richardson

Solve Sundbo