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CELEBRITY NEWS | Former SKHS grad and model engaged to prince
Former South Kitsap High School graduate and runway model Kendra Spears will marry royalty, according to US Magazine.
In an April 26 press release from Aga Khan, he said his eldest son, Prince Rahim Aga Khan, 41, and Spears, 24, would wed in a traditional Muslim ceremony. No date has been set.
Aga Khan is the spiritual leader or Imam of the global community of the Shia Ismaili Muslims and currently resides in France.
On her Facebook page, several high school friends congratulated Spears on her engagement.
Spears is best-known for her participation in the “Ford Supermodel Of The World 2008” after winning a modeling contest via MySpace sponsored by Ford. She is also known for her likeness to supermodel Cindy Crawford.
Spears was born on Aug. 5, 1988, in Seattle and graduated from SKHS with an associate’s degree she acquired through a dual-credit program. She went to Portland State University to study sociology and obtained a Bachelor’s of Art in sociology from the University of Washington.
In January 2008, she was discovered via MySpace, by Ford Models, and Spears entered into the Supermodel Of The World competition, becoming a finalist. She lost to Korean fashion model Hyoni Kang.
Spears landed a contract with Ford Models after the competition ended. She debuted at New York Fashion Week in September 2008, opening the Spring 2009 Trovata show, also walking for Isaac Mizrahi, L'Wren Scott, and Ports 1961.
Spears debuted in Milan by opening the John Richmond show, and walking for Gucci. In her first season in Paris, she booked shows such as Shiatzy Chen,Christian Lacroix, Lanvin, and Valentino. Shortly after the show season ended, Kendra landed a succession of covers from Danish fashion magazine Cover and Italianmagazine Amica.
The covers were followed by a Dazed and Confused editorial featuring new faces of the season, including Spears, Sigrid Agren and Anya Kazakova, as well as editorials for V and Vogue Italia.
For the Fall 2009 season, Kendra became one of the faces of Prada, alongside Ymre Stiekema, Anna de Rijk, and Julia Hafstrom, as well as New Man and Hazzy's.
She has been on the covers of Elle France and Vogue China, as well as in ads for Calvin Klein, Diane von Furstenberg, Peek & Cloppenburg, Etro, and The Limited.
According to the release, Spears has a strong interest in arts and architecture.
Her husband-to-be, 41-year-old Prince Rahim Aga Khan, is a graduate of Brown University and currently involved in "poverty reduction efforts, notably micro-credit activities" through the Aga Khan Development Network, in places as far-reaching as Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
According to US Magazine, Spears' soon-to-be father-in-law was married to British model Sarah Croker-Poole and his father (Prince Rahim Aga Khan's grandfather) was married to Rita Hayworth.