Lily Kwong is known for her impeccable style and tireless devotion to multiple causes and charities. Lily’s father is Chinese and her mom Irish-German. She grew up in San Francisco and at age 18, moved to New York to pursue her dreams fresh out of high school.
As a Vogue favorite, Lily has been featured in the American edition of the magazine multiple times on the merits of her style, education and philanthropic activities. Lily was featured in American Vogue’s 120 Anniversary issue, as one of the 120 most important fashion influencers.
Lily recently graduated from Columbia University with honors: both Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa.
Lily Kwong participated in the “Made by Nike” project, a series of videos where different personalities speak on the role that sports play in their lives. Lily talks in the video about growing up an athlete (playing baseball and volleyball) and wanting her lasting legacy to be the fact that she was a positive role model for girls around the world.
Lily formed a nonprofit called Nuvana.org in collaboration with her father. Their newest initiative is sponsored by the Nike Foundation’s Girl Effect. It is a mission-based nonprofit organization which helps at-risk adolescent girls find solutions in their communities via interactive online games focused on financial, saving, and health knowledge, leadership development and building self-esteem.
Lily got an early start in fashion when her cousin and roommate at the time, designer Joseph Altuzarra launched his brand in 2007. “It really was a better education than going to any design university. I absorbed everything like a sponge!” Lily loves to collaborate with Altuzarra, as well as other friends and creatives in the industry.
Lily is also a force to be reckoned with in the social media and blogging world as well. Lily has been featured on the top blogs including Into the Gloss, Jak and Jil, Vogue.com and Style.com. Always attending either fashion shows or major events – Lily is predominant on top best dressed lists and street style candids.
Lily has contributed as a writer to some of the blogs that have featured her including Vogue.it, Style.com, The Last Magazine, GQ and she was short listed for British Vogue’s Young Talent contest for writers in 2009.