Lisa Snowdon (born Lisa Snawdon on 23 January 1972) is an English television and radio presenter and fashion model. She was the host of the Living TV reality television show Britain’s Next Top Model from 2006 until 2009. She also co-presented Capital Breakfast on Capital London from 2008 until 18 December 2015.
Snowdon was born to insurance salesman Nigel and hairdresser Lydia Snawdon. She has two younger sisters, Joanna and Lesley Anne. Educated at Sir Frederic Osborn School,
she gained a scholarship to the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, where her classmates included Naomi Campbell. She auditioned for the Minipops. After gaining too much additional height, and after her parents split up when she was 17, Snowdon stayed in London and worked briefly as a dance and yoga teacher
A fan of Christy Turlington from age 14, Snowdon never thought about becoming a model. Spotted by a Premier Model Management agent at age 19 while pole-dancing at a rave at London’s MFI club,
she started working with renowned photographers and became one of Britain’s Top Fashion Models, commanding at peak a £100,000 fee per shoot. Snowdon is best known for her beauty commercials and high-fashion cover and spread modelling, including cover shots for Vogue, Marie Claire and Elle;
she was also the face for Gucci. She went on to be the “elevator girl” for Lynx deodorant (Axe in certain countries) in 2003, appeared in advertisements for Mercedes-Benz, Dove soap, and Kelloggs Special K, and was the face of campaigns for Neutrogena and After Eight mint straws, the Taxiwise safety campaign and numerous catalogues.
Her modelling career led to appearances in Maxim, Arena, Loaded and GQ. She featured on FHM’s List of FHM 100 Sexiest Women every year between 1996 and 2007 except for 1998. Snowdon returned to modelling when she became the face and model of Avon lingerie, and was one of the models for the Marks & Spencer autumn 2010 campaign.
From 2010-2014 she was the face of Belvita breakfast biscuits, having appeared in adverts for the biscuits with fellow Capital FM DJ Johnny Vaughan. In 2015 she was appointed the lead-UK model for Triumph International.