In today’s world, millennial supermodels are reigning supreme. All you need to do is scroll through your social media feeds to witness some of the most influential figures in the fashion and modeling realms, strutting their stuff like never before.
One such name, being actively spoken about, is that of a supermodel, television star, social media influencer, and a Hollywood feature film writer, Kaki West Swid. We’ve often heard people say that beauty lies in the eye of the beholder, but for this lady, it is evidently in the genes. After spending over a decade in this industry, it’s clear, Swid does not need the famed last name of her supermodel mother, Elizabeth West, to attest her stellar pedigree.
As the daughter of a former supermodel and a New York Times best-selling author and politician in the Ronald Reagan administration, Bing West, Swid was thrust into the limelight from an early age. The then 14-year-old clearly won the genetic lottery in terms of acquiring her mother’s distinct features: tall and thin, sharp cheekbones, almond-shaped eyes, and a lean facial structure that sits perfectly above an elegantly long neck. By default, Swid ticked off all the prerequisites of a model.
With such prominent good looks followed an exciting career journey that was built over a while before she ventured into the new world of screenplay writing. This deviation, however successful, has not taken away Swid’s supermodel status or line-up of projects. While Swid might have vaguely envisioned herself inheriting her father’s writing skills, she has found her calling by juggling multiple roles without falling over.
“I definitely wanted to become a model. I knew I was going to walk the runway. What I didn’t foresee was writing – despite being the daughter and sister of the New York Times best-selling authors. However, both these contrasting careers have introduced me to a whole new world, and I’m prepared to roll with the punches hereon,” says Kaki West Swid.
The supermodel, who’s also a mother of two, holds a lot of weight in the modeling industry, reaching over 25 covers of magazines, ranging from the iconic GQ to Maxim, FHM, and Esquire among many others. Besides gracing several magazines’ covers and walking on runways worldwide, Swid has also joined the SAG actress race. The experience she garnered took Swid on the pathway to the top ranks of the fashion industry. Since making her debut through the New York-based Ford Modelling agency at the age of fourteen, Swid has gone on to be signed by ESPN for ESPY awards as a trophy model in 2007, 2008, and 2009, and internationally coveted magazine, Playboy.
“I always believed in doing what made me happy. And that’s how, modeling happened to me. Even though mom’s legacy inspires me, I have had to walk on a different and separate path to gain respect and trust in the industry. I think the best lesson I have learned from my parents, husband, and experience is to always ensure I’m comfortable with whatever I’m doing,” adds Swid.
Born in Newport and having moved to New York, Swid, when not putting on a show, engages in philanthropy alongside her husband through the means of Wounded Warrior Project, United Service Organization, and Henry Street Settlement.
To move beyond the boundaries, Swid also dabbled into the social media influencer world by starting a blog and getting on to Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Over the years, as she became one of the most celebrated actresses and models in the world, Swid built up an impressive fan following on social media.
Swid’s glittering life can certainly be attributed to a wholesome upbringing and is a reflection of her unwavering passion and positivity.
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