By RICK MANIERA (images below)
Her name is Kim Smith and already she's being touted as the
next IT girl - and that doesn't stand for information
technology, either. Far from computer geekery, this young
Texan has all the makings of a super-duper model - but aren't
One of the biggest questions asked about Smith when she started
appearing in magazines like the US copies of FHM and Maxim
in the year of 2000, was: who is she? People found out soon
enough, thanks in large part to the Internerd, and the next
question they asked was - isn't she too young?
In American, you're a minor until your 21, but then a kilo
is a pound and kilowatt is a horsepower, or something, so
we'll forgive them this time. Doesn't really matter to us
though - 19 years old (as of March 2002) is good enough.
Kim Kay Smith was born in Houston, Texas, on March the 2nd
in 1983. She still lives in the southern state of Texas, in
a town called Odessa, and her major hobby is golf. Most will
recognise her as the lead female starring in two of boy band
N*Sync's music videos as the puppet master in Bye, Bye,
Bye and a giant woman in It's gonna Be Me.
Like a lot of models, she sort of blundered into a modeling
career, when she accompanied a friend who was contesting a
beauty pagent of sorts in Dallas. One of the event's officials
questioned her as why she has a guest tag. She recounted:
"He walked me over to the table, plastered a number on
me, and said, Now youre in it."
The Dallas contest saw her win, and the prize was a signing
with a local modeling agency. Not long after, Smith's agent
sent some of her early photos to a guy called Paul Marciano
- he's the creative big-wig behind clothing label Guess?.
After seeing the photos, reports suggest that he was so impressed
that he flew her to Los Angeles there and then, to offer her
a starring role in the Autumn '99 campaign. With little experience
and of a young age, Smith joined the likes of Eva Herzigova,
Laetitia Casta and Claudia Schiffer - all models who got their
big break working on a Guess? campaign.
After her work with Guess?, Kim became was featured model
for Maxim's Real Swimsuit Issue (as opposed to the
fake one), gracing the front cover and gifted with a six page
spread. Since then, she's done work for Gear magazine, Raygun
magazine, the French magazine Max, Bikini Magazine, Amica,
Marie Claire magazine, German GQ magazine and she is now the
ultimated in American pinup as a Victoria's Secret lingerine
model. Not bad for a 19-year-old.
Her favourite singer is Madonna and she loves the TV show
Friends and professes that she can really sing. Smith is doing
a fairly good job of not getting all bitchy and model-like,
saying she stays grounded thanks to her family and friends
in Odessa. You'd like to think that Kim would be an excellent
role model for teenagers and young women in general, but when
someone without a criminal record states that their hero is
JFK, you have to question their credibility and naïvety.
But, despite that minor blemish, Kim Smith has a rather pearly
record and could go on to do big things for the American modeling
scene. The 5-foot 9-inches tall brunette loves to exercise,
maintains a very healthy diet and is generally an all round
angel. Expect to see much more of this Texan belle in future.