The More-Than-A-Model: Lily Kwong
Lily Kwong is a philanthropist, a writer, a Columbia graduate, and well, she just happens to be stunning, too. It's no surprise, then, that with her effortless air, quick wit, and fawn-worthy features she's more than just an Elite model, and friend of R29. She's an influencer in art (with video project collaborations for Vogue Italia), female empowerment (with her non-profit, Nuvana), and of course, fashion (as a Nike model, not to mention all-star dresser). We can tell by her selective and successful endeavors, her genuine interest in engaging with the world around her, and of course, her uniquely sophisticatedly downtown style, that she takes her own advice of, "never becoming too influenced by others decisions." And while, "sworn to secrecy," she may not be able to reveal the company she's "over-the-moon excited" to be teaming up with next, we can just imagine that when she takes some time off from developing her writing projects and traveling, traveling, traveling, the model-cum-student-cum-tastemaker's DL undertaking will inevitably blow us away. (Again.) We mean, what else would you expect from a girl who's part of the Altuzarra family, but also whose best-kept motto is "KNOW THYSELF"? Yep, in all caps.
Hair by Sera Sloane Bishop, makeup by Erin Green and Tiffany Patton.