Daisy Rebecca Lowe was born on 27 January 1989 in Primrose Hill, London, is an English fashion model who has modelled for editorial photo shoots and commercial advertising campaigns and has worked as a runway model. She is the daughter of Pearl Lowe, the singer/songwriter turned textile and fashion designer, and Gavin Rossdale, lead singer for Bush.
Lowe began modelling at the age of two, and did some photoshoots when she was 12 and 14 years old. At 15 she was approached by a talent scout in Camden Town and, as a result, she signed with Select, a London modelling agency.
In February 2006, Lowe was featured in Italian Vogue, shot by New York photographer Steven Klein, who also shot her in March 2007 for a W magazine pictorial called “Xurbia”. In September 2006, Lowe modelled for the Urban Outfitters catalogue, appeared in French Connection printed advertisements and was profiled in British Harper’s Bazaar. She was featured in an editorial in Jane magazine alongside fellow model Lydia Hearst-Shaw in March 2007, appeared in Italian Vogue for the second time in May, and in August, posed nude on the cover of i-D magazine with her then-partner, Will Cameron of the band Blondelle, photographed by Terry Richardson. She again shot for Italian Vogue in 2009 at Bancroft’s School in a shoot by Miles Aldridge.
On the runway, Lowe was selected by Karl Lagerfeld to model for Chanel, and has appeared on catwalks in New York, Milan and London for Topshop and designers such as PPQ, Nanette Lepore, Sue Stemp, Charlotte Ronson, Henry Holland, and Vivienne Westwood. She has modelled for Agent Provocateur lingere for the past three years, and has been used by Burberry, Converse shoes, Dr. Martens, Hooch, Wheels and Doll Baby, Ben Sherman, Frost French, Hari, Karen Millen, Diesel SpA and Whistles, as well as for her mother’s recent collection of lace dresses.
Of the Whistles campaign, Lowe said, “was a favourite shoot of mine… Modelling is a cool outlet for me to express myself, and fashion has always fascinated me. I love that fashion crosses into my other passions – music and art.”
Lowe’s magazine work includes editorials and covers of publications such as Tatler, Elle, GQ, Vogue, Paradis, Marie Claire, Interview, Jalouse, Teen Vogue, Dirty Glam, Grazia, In Style, Nylon and The Sunday Times Style amongst many others.
She has recently appeared in campaigns for Marc by Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton, Pringle of Scotland, DKNY, Mango and Esprit.
Lowe has some experience in other media, including being the focus of the BBC Two eight-part fly on the wall documentary series Class of 2008, co-hosting Glamour’s Best Dressed 2008 with Peaches Geldof for Fiver, and a brief contribution to a blog for Elle UK online. Lowe has worked as a DJ, appeared in the music videos NYC Beat by Armand Van Helden and Bloodthirsty Bastards by Dirty Pretty Things, hosted events for Tommy Hilfiger and Dolce and Gabbana, and in April 2008 made a recording in a New York studio with producer Mark Ronson, with whom she had a brief romantic relationship.
2009 also saw Lowe feature in The First Days of Spring, Noah and the Whale’s film accompaniment to their second album.
She was chosen to be in the 2010 Pirelli Calendar photographed by Terry Richardson in Bahia, Brazil. Throughout May 2010 Daisy documented her daily fashion and style choices for Vogue.co.uk’s Today I’m Wearing feature. In August 2010, Lowe became the face of the newly relaunched Sixties label Biba. She is also the face of Stephen Webster’s 2011 jewellery campaign.
In 2011, Daisy went topless for Esquire and nude for Playboy.
Lowe grew up in Primrose Hill, North London, and stayed with grandparents to continue her education at South Hampstead High School when her mother, Pearl Lowe, moved to Hampshire.
Until 2004, Lowe was believed to be the daughter of Pearl Lowe’s ex-husband Bronner Lowe, but a paternity test revealed that her godfather, Bush singer/guitarist Gavin Rossdale, was in fact her biological father. Her mother Pearl Lowe wrote about the situation in her book, All That Glitters. Daisy’s paternity was not questioned early on, and Pearl listed “Bronner Lowe” on Daisy’s birth certificate. At age 14, Daisy found out neither Bronner Lowe nor her mother shared her O-type blood. She mistakenly thought that one parent must share her blood type and that Bronner couldn’t be her father (based on a common misunderstanding of blood type inheritance). Daisy confronted her mother, who admitted to a one-night affair with Rossdale. Daisy and Pearl’s lawyers arranged a paternity test, which Rossdale at first refused. Results confirmed Rossdale was her real father.
In 2011, she featured in Miles Kane’s music video “Come Closer”.
Lowe came out as bisexual in 2011. Lowe previously dated producer Mark Ronson, but broke up after a row. Then, she started dating Matt Smith. After an eighteen month long relationship, Smith permanently broke up with Lowe on November 24, 2011, due to work commitment.