At 22 Lydia Hearst is thrilled and excited about everything life has to offer. But also young, and hoping the best is yet to come. At 42 Lydia would like to be happy and long since started raising a family. At 62 she aims to be happy, healthy and wise. A love of Jazz, secret talents of playing the flute and tin whistle as well as embarking on a quest to master the art of baking, Lydia Hearst is anything but predictable.
Her work is motivating by passion and excitement. She loves “working with talented individuals and helping their vision come to life.” A consideration for others and self-belief seem to be the secrets to her success. A very simple philosophy all of us could apply a little more to our lives.
It’s no secret we aspire to physical beauty and we are easily seduced by people who are particularly attractive. We is rare is when you find someone who is not only truly beautiful outside but inside too! She has worked hard, both in terms of hours but also in terms of being a person by not getting caught up in the celebrity fan fare, maintaining her sense of perspective and actively demonstrating get commitment to improving the life of others less fortunate through her involvement with Operation Smile.
With a firm belief that whom you know shouldn’t change who you are or define you she does employ her network and success to benefit others.
Lydia acknowledges “for those of us working in fashion and entertainment, it is very easy to add your name to a committee list, walk a red carpet and claim to care. but taking tangible, hands-on steps to create change speaks volumes.” It’s her commitment of time and resources that makes her admirable. Genuinely.
Lydia explained “operation Smile is a non-governmental organization that works to provide surgery to children suffering from cleft palates and other debilitating medical conditions in developing countries. I had the opportunity to travel with Operation Smile to Cairo in a volunteer mission and under no circumstance would I categorize this mission as having been easy, nor for the faint of heart. But traveling to a foreign country to work with people from around the globe and watching them set aside their differences in the name of saving the lives less fortunate was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.”
Lydia hopes her involvement with Operation Smile helps “raise awareness and funds for this organization as well as continue on my volunteer missions and help save the lives of children one smile at a time.”
Lydia’s ideal job is what she does every day. “For me, I’m living my dream. I’m very fortunate in that.” Some people are dealt a fantastic hand of cards. Lydia Hearst is one of them but what makes her special is the way in which she has chosen to play out her life thus far with them! Her family and loved ones bring a smile to her face on a daily basis and she hopes to help children through Operation Smile have the opportunity to truly smile too, both inside and out.
by Andrea Pfeffer / www.operationsmile.com
Photographer: Justin Hyte
Stylist: Deborah Ferguson