“I used to think my title would count against me in life, but I now realize it will be a great help.” Lady Victoria Hervey
The elder daughter of the 6th Marquess of Bristol, Lady Victoria Hervey, most famous as Lady V, has been a fashion model for Dior and Elite, a popular cover girl for men's magazines, a columnist for the Sunday Times and a former boutique owner, but it was her social life that made her an essential of the British tabloids in the late 1990s to the present day. As of 2003, she lives in Los Angeles where she wishes to try her hand in acting.
As for her romantic life, Victoria is currently a single, but had been linked to several men. She had a long-running relationship with Danish restaurateur Mogens Tholstrup, who she used to called “Grandpa” due to large age gap (Victoria is 15 years younger than him). Besides, the 5' 11” blonde has been involved with Internet impresario Seb Bishop, rock star Mick Hucknell, F1 driver David Coulthard, designer Scott Henshall, ex-Boyzone member Shane Lynch, TV personality Nathan Roberts and Lord Freddie Windsor, the son of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent. Victoria once had a blind date with Prince Andrew, whom she left after the first course for another appointment at a lap-dancing club.
Childhood and Family:
Lady Victoria Frederica Isabella Hervey was born on October 6, 1976, in France. Her father, Victor Frederick Cochrane Hervey, was the sixth Marquess of Bristol who became the first member of his family to be sent to jail, for felony. Her mother, Yvonne Marie Sutton, worked for Victoria's father as a secretary before becoming his third wife. Victoria has a younger brother, Frederick, the 8th Lord Bristol (born in 1979), a younger sister, Lady Isabella Hervey (born in 1982) and two half-brothers, Johnnie, the 7th Marquess (born in 1955, died in 1999 from flu and Hepatitis B), and Lord Nicholas Hervey (died in 1998 by hanging himself).
For the first two years of her life, Victoria was raised in the family's estate in Sussex named “Ickworth,” but then moved to Monte Carlo, Monaco, where her parents became tax deportee. She returned to Britain to attend Benenden School in Kent for five years, and after working at advertising agencies in London, she was offered a place at Bristol University to study French and Art History, which she subsequently declined. Disagreed with her decision, her mother stopped Victoria's allowance.
After turning down a spot at Bristol University, Lady Victoria worked as a receptionist for the London-born film director and producer Michael Winner. She went on to pursue a career in modeling and found some success as a catwalk model for Dior and a fashion model for Elite. Wanting to broaden her success, the statuesque beauty joined forces with good friend Jayne Blight to open a fashion boutique, Akademi, in Knightsbridge, London. Although the shop was closed in 2001 due to bankruptcy, Victoria's trading company, Mogumbo, still exists. During Akademi's short-lived run, Victoria Beckham, Meg Mathews and Martine McCutcheon were among its avid clients.
Victoria's profile rose after a sexy picture of her leaked in a tabloid newspaper. In addition to appearing in parties almost every night, she emerged as an-in-demand cover girl for men's magazines and was hired by the Sunday Times to pen its “Party Animal” column.
With the hope of launching an acting career, Victoria moved to Los Angeles in the late of 2003. From then, she appeared as herself in an episode of the British reality-TV “The Farm” (2004) and in three episodes of ITV's show “Love Island” (2006), as well as had an uncredited part as a waitress in a diner in the road film “RX” (2005), starring Colin Hanks and Eric Balfour and helmed by Ariel Vromen. In 2007, she appeared in the documentary series “Sally Morgan: Star Psychic” and the game-show “Don't Call Me Stupid.”