Heidi Whitworth was born on April 6, 1987, in Salt Lake City, Utah. She didn’t give much thought to modeling growing up, but like most girls who make it into the realm of the supermodel (Gisele Bundchen and Kate Moss, to name just two), Heidi Mount just happened to be in the right place at the right time. At the age of 12, Heidi Mount was discovered while attending a concert with her mother and sister, which placed her on the radar of several top modeling agencies for the next few years.
In 2003, Heidi Mount signed with the prestigious Ford Modeling Agency and was soon rubbing shoulders with some of the firm’s most high-profile clients, including Bar Refaeli, Carolyn Murphy and Naima Mora. The company quickly put Heidi Mount to work. In September of that same year, she made her public debut with an appearance at famed designer Yohji Yamamoto’s spring show in Paris.
Heidi Mount spent the next several years walking runways across the globe for a succession of celebrated labels, including Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton and Stella McCartney. In December of 2005, Heidi Mount made her debut within the pages of a mainstream magazine in an editorial for Italian Vogue. She followed that up with appearances in Harper’s Bazaar and Italian Marie Claire.
Though her career was taking off, Heidi Mount decided to take a break from the world of fashion toward the end of 2006. In 2007, she married her longtime boyfriend Shawn Mount (and adopted his last name in the process), and gave birth to their son Liam. Breaks, babies and last-name changes generally add up to career suicide in the modeling world when you’re not yet that famous, but Heidi Mount brushed it off and went back to work in September of ’07.
After working several fall shows, Heidi Mount was named one of the faces of Prada Sport alongside Ali Stephens and Sasha Pivovarova. Heidi Mount’s burgeoning profile within the fashion industry quickly made her a favorite among some of the hottest designers around, and she was soon walking the runway sporting the latest garments from iconic figures such as Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent and Donna Karan.
There’s little doubt, however, that Heidi Mount’s biggest break came late in 2008, when it was announced that she’d be taking over for Claudia Schiffer as the new face of Chanel’s resort line. Heidi Mount’s continuing work with the label, especially the spring 2009 campaign, has the industry taking note. She may have changed her name from Heidi Whitworth to Heidi Mount, but it won’t be long before we’re just calling her Heidi. Supermodels, after all, don’t need last names.