Standing rather tall at 5'8 without heels, Lily is no slouch when it comes to appearances. She is meticulous groomed both in how she takes care of herself and what she wears. Her skin isn't marred by scars or imperfections, and is in between fair and tanned thanks to her time in the sun. Bright blue eyes with flecks of green in them, and surrounded by long lashes, she can give the sweetest doe eyes or the iciest glares with eyes. Her shaped brows rarely ever furrowed to show her stress or displeasure. Her lips never without a shade of one of her own company's lipsticks to show off as she leaves candied kissmarks on the next PR stunt, marking her territory to the next rise in her stocks. Her mid-back length hair a lighter shade of brown than she had as a child, and now styled most often in subtle waves in case there is a camera around trying to catch a quick candid of her hourglass frame.Personality
Her style can only really be described as name brand, and more often than not, it's her own brand she is repping. Since her company has a wide array of items to sell to women, her clothes can change types at the drop of the hat. Especially if she is out for the public to see. When not under the lens of multiple cameras and in the security of her home, she wears a lot more comfort wear than people might expect. Sure, dresses are nice and flaunting the amazing luck she had with genetics and puberty is fun, but sometimes a girl just wants to relax. Not that that means she doesn't choose things without appeal, but you'll be more likely to see her in large sweaters that hang off her shoulders and shorts. A few of them look like they once belonged to a man, well-- multiple ones.
You can't reach the top without conviction and thick skin. No matter what you do, you'll always earn more enemies than allies when you succeed, and that was something Lily had to learn quickly when she was younger. Which is what shaped her to be the seemingly unbothered and confident woman that she is today. She does things how she wants them to be done and on her schedule, that at times her assistant has some trouble following since at times it can almost feel spontaneous.
Her questionable decisions to use her status as a public figure and the flock of paparazzi that has followed her since she was born to her advantage proving that she has a talent and eye for business. Not to mention, knowing well who her clientele are and why they are buying her products, both the expensive and inexpensive ones. It’s a hard take to fulfill, and has drawbacks to it that many might not realize, but being the iconic self-assured woman ideal who’s wanted by many and is thriving in a business she made on her own is something that most women would want to have. Even if only in a smaller capacity, and she knows that.
Does that make her manipulative? Yes. She isn’t naive enough to say otherwise, and neither are the many people who were caught up in her dating scandals. Allegedly, she is a very promiscuous bachelorette who seems to alway being caught with some other star in an intimate moment. Nothing risqué, but whether you could pick out that it is really her or not from the small amount of censoring of her face, her newly released items are always covered well within the shot. Almost as if it was planned from the start— allegedly. Some were just casual flings not meant to last, others spanned a few weeks, very few lasted more than a month. Ranging from popular artists to star athletes, she wasn’t very discern with whom she spent her time with, including their gender as well though she seems to favor males.
Needless to say, she has earned her share of love songs from the more sensitive ones who crossed her path. Maybe they got a better understanding of her than the ones who knew they wouldn’t last more than a week. Outside of a boardroom meeting, she can be warm and some might be inclined to say genuine at times. Her trust isn’t easily won, especially after being burned badly a few times in the early days of her company and having to go about it without any help from her family, but when it is— It’s a sight to behold.
When unafraid of her dirty laundry being aired, she will be more likely to show her faults and insecurities. While she always has a plan, it’s always free forming and adapting, it scares her that one day she might not be as lucky as she is now. All the riches in the world won’t save her if the very castle she built from scratch tumbles down around her. Not to mention that she is getting tired of short “trysts” being her only form of relationships, but they have kept her safe and her stocks high. But is she really ready to settle down, or is this another ploy to sell her newest line of products?
Lily has lived in the lap of luxury since the day she was born in New York City. Her parents were owners of a well known conglomerate named from her surname that picked up downtrodden businesses and built them back up for profit. And as the darling baby girl out of two brothers, she had earned her parents favor for just existing. There were no expectations of her ever taking over the business, so she got to live an incredibly easy and privileged life.
She got whatever her heart desired, from horse riding to fencing lessons and the ability to slide down an indoor slide on a mattress like in that old Princess Diaries movie. But even when she was young, had the same keen sense her father had, that her older brother’s lacked and loathed her for. Though her whole family refused to acknowledge it if it didn’t benefit them somehow. Namely her brothers asking for her help in their endeavors to earn their parents approval, or some girls since they were really hopeless when it came to anything that throwing money at couldn’t solve.
Which she was happy to take portions of their allowance as payment for helping them, tucking it away in her own little savings account she had made for herself. Earning her own money was always a sport for her, and being frugal with it was hardly a challenged since she didn’t have to pay out of pocket for anything. Not that she didn’t understand the importance of it, after all she had to help her brother’s often enough to hear them whine about their father not budging on increasing theirs when she was just within earshot from the library, taking her extra lessons her parents required of her.
Her mother’s interest in fashion influenced her own, because she wanted desperately to spend more time with either of her parents. Having their favor did not translate to having their time or attention, despite the stiff family dinners they held every night where it was more of a business meeting than a get together. Even their vacations were plagued with the lack of care, as she and her brothers were left to do as they pleased. Her mother didn’t even work, but was off galavanting with her friends, only occasionally bringing her along as an accessory. The pretty doll to dress up and show off how her children were so more well behaved.
When she could put together an outfit her mother liked, it became the go to for their strange relationship, where she was the advisor of sorts. At least, she had her attention. Knowing that, had made her pick up sewing and designing. Though that detail was missed, it was a nice feeling to know that from then on that whatever she was complimented for was truly something she had made on her on.
In her teens, things took an inopportune turn as she truly began to spread her wings with fashion, and her family had met with a rival company who had a son that was cutting into the profits of their own, slowly but surely. It wasn’t long before an unfavorable deal was struck so that both companies would benefit, and she was forced to spend copious amounts of time with a guy she couldn’t stand. His entitled attitude to her body being the last straw that had broke the camel’s back. She ask her family to discard the deal and allow her to cover the deficit with her own work.
They didn’t bite, in fact, her refusal to do this one thing for her family after all her years of being babied, had ended up with her being ostracized since she was just as stubborn in her decision. As they never saw pushing her to graduate early and starting college classes when she should have been enjoying high school as a detriment. It was a favor as much as it was an investment, and it was their darling baby girl who was the product this time.
Her eighteenth birthday came, and instead of a wedding, she had used all of her savings to start her own company with a few of her own designs, while she lived with a friend. That friend being very accommodating with her with little asked in return while she was struggling to get out there without using her family’s name. Really, just being able to flaunt helping the down on her luck Reigan from the goodness of her heart was enough. It didn’t matter that she spilled the information about her situation to make herself look better ended up putting Lily’s company in the spotlight.
It was infuriating having her work undermined, and even more so that the effect was increasingly positive. Her family’s terms damaged their reputation and further estranging them from her while putting her on a sympathetic pedestal that woman rallied behind. They started to buy her products at first to support her, but stayed for the quality. It would be a lie to say this wasn’t a defining moment for her, and didn’t pave the way for what she would be doing today in more ways than one.
Branching away from her loose lipped friend with only a thank you and gift bag, she was entirely on her own for the next few years as she scrimped and saved her way through a business degree on her own dime while also funneling money to he business. Expanded slowly with time and researching thoroughly what partners she was outsourcing to while using social media to keep herself from blending back into the scenery.
She didn’t make a good profit until she was twenty three and her tactics changed like how her customers had. They, like her, were independent young women who wanted the best that life could offer. Which became the identity that she put forward since, no longer stuck in her family’s lengthy shadow, her company was its own. As was she, her dating life only became a hot topic after she could finally relax enough to take full advantage the fruits of her labor.
One of those fruits being that she now had the time to date as she pleased and spending more time for herself now that she had people under her to delegate the work to, ones she had grown to trust from working alongside them all this time. Now that she is in her late twenties, her family has reached out to her, despite her various attempts to keep them at arms length away from her. A short visit back home had allowed to hear officially of her father’s impending retirement, and while she stood a foot from the dinner table they were seated at. Her brother’s and their wives bickering about who was going to be the next head of the company when to all of their surprise, their father asked it of her.
Unlike her two brothers, who have been squandering their positions and constantly instigating problems they couldn’t manage on their own, she prove her worth beyond what he needed from owning a company of her own. Knowing it would be safe in her hands, her father made only one condition for her to meet if she wanted to take over despite how it would agitate further her relationship with her mother and brothers.
If she wanted to take over, she needed to be married. She didn’t give a direct answer, but unfortunately for her, the plans to release her latest line of products while she went on the United at Heart cruise now seeming less like a good idea. However the money was paid, and if she canceled now, the alternative of spending her first holidays back at home in years was even less appealing. At least she could enjoy the cruise and whatever eye candy there was if she went.