Kim Smith was born on March 3, 1983 in Odessa,
Texas. She still lives in Odessa, and is in her third year
of high school. She practices her favorite sport of golf,
as she plays on the varsity golf team. She hit her first hole-in-one
last year on a par-three course. She is also on the National
Junior Honor Society and is actively involved in her community.
Her classmates voted her most popular last year.
This 5'9", green-eyed
brunette loves to keep fit by exercising, and maintains a
very healthy diet with lots of sleep. She got her start by
attending a Model Search America contest with a friend. She
had no intention of modeling, and was there purely as a spectator.
In fact, when president David Mogul spotted her, he asked
her why her tag said "Guest", and quickly changed
it one that read "Competitor." Shortly after, she
received over a dozen calls from different agencies. She signed
a contract with Clipse management and Ty Kilinic of Dallas.
Some of her test shots
were sent directly to Paul Marciano, President and Creative
Director of Guess? She was an instant success, and he booked
her immediately for the Fall '99 campaign in Hollywood with
photographer Pablo Alfar.
Despite her lack of
experience, Kim showed the self-confidence and poise of a
veteran. She was right at home in front of the camera, and
has been described as "a delight" to work with.
She was featured in Maxim's swimsuit issue, and appeared in
'N Sync's video for their hit song Bye, Bye, Bye.
Gear magazine described
her as the up and coming model to watch. The review said that "She is Guess's next big thing - following in the footsteps
of Laetitia Casta, Claudia Schiffer, and Eva Herzigova."
Besides the Guess?
campaigns in 1999 and 2000, she also worked for Glamour, Neiman-Marcus
and Ambercrombe & Fitch. She did work for Danier leather,
and has made numerous television appearances over the last
year. She was seen on Politically Incorrect, The Late Late
Show, the Fox Report, Access Hollywood, Extra and MTV. She
can be seen in editorials for both Harper's Bazaar and French
In addition to the
Maxim cover, she graced the cover of Gear magazine. She also
was found in Amica and Bikin magazines. She will be featured
in Glamour and Sky this spring, as well as in the Neiman-Marcus
Kim remains well grounded,
despite her rapid rise to stardom. She credits her upbringing,
her brother and her friends who have helped her stay true
to herself. She believes strongly in education, and listens
to the wise words of her parents carefully. Her goal is to
finish her schooling and then continue with her modeling career.