Kim Smith was born on March 3, 1983
in Odessa, Texas. She still lives in Odessa, where she practices her
favorite sport of golf, and she played 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 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
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,
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 Elle.
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 ads.
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.
Smith has appeared in several music videos, including 'N Sync's "Bye Bye
Bye" and "It's Gonna Be Me," Maroon 5's "Wake Up Call," and Aerosmith's
"Girls of Summer". She entered the movie business in 2002 with a cameo in
Van Wilder as comely coed Casey, and followed with a small role in 2004's
Catwoman as model Drina.
The July 2005 issue of Maxim magazine, which Smith appeared in was
dedicated to American troops serving overseas and featured Kim posing with
militaria including dog tags and a camouflage hat; the article and
pictures are featured in the Girls of Maxim Gallery. The publication
named her #91 in its 2006 list.
In 2007, Smith played a recurring role in the television series Friday
Night Lights, which was preceded by a film of the same name about the
real-life football team of Smith's old high school, Permian.
[About people burning the
flag] "It offends me. I'm thankful for my right to be free, but
people who burn the flag can leave. I'm not big on politics, but i
respect the soldiers who've died for my freedom and people who have
fought for our freedom. I'm so thankful to be able to travel all
these different places, but the best feeling in the world is to step
off a plane on American soil."
"Pickup lines are a major turn-off, they don't work on me and I tune
them out. It's better to just be honest."