From Seattle student to Princess Salwa – Kendra Spears marries Prince Rahim Aga Khan
American supermodel Kendra Spears is now a Princess!
American supermodel Kendra Spears’s new title has been revealed as Princess Salwa. This comes a day after she married the eldest son of His Highness Aga Khan IV.
It marks the final chapter in a fairytale romance for the Seattle-born beauty who rapidly rose to fame after an online modelling contest. After a short engagement of only four months, she and Prince Rahim Aga Khan, 41, exchanged vows at the Bellerive Castle in Geneva, Switzerland on Saturday.
In an official statement by The Ismaili:
The proceedings commenced with the recitation of a traditional qasida in the Farsi language, in praise of Hazrat Ali. This was followed by the nikah recited by His Eminence Sayyed Muhammad Musawi, a prominent Shia faith leader. To mark the festive occasion, the LIF presented Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa with an 18th century piece of Islamic art.
The pair reportedly met after they were introduced by Naomi Campbell. As a model, she was best known for her participation in the Ford Supermodel Of The World 2008 after winning a modelling contest via MySpace. Known when she began her career as the “next Cindy Crawford” – thanks in part to her distinctive upper-lip mole. Soon after, she was chosen by Miuccia Prada as one of the faces of her autumn/winter 2009 Prada campaign, and has since become a prolific catwalk model – gracing the catwalks of Chanel, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Armani and Gucci to name but a few.
The Seattle-born beauty, 24, wore a stunning ivory sari with gold embroidery to marry her husband in a traditional Muslim ceremony. Here is a picture that she tweeted:
Taking to her Twitter account the day after the wedding, Spears tweeted: “Thank you @ManavGangwani for the beyond-gorgeous sari! And thank you @NaomiCampbell for the introduction Xx.”
Campbell responded by congratulating the couple.
Naomi Campbell: @Kendra_Spears @ManavGangwani your welcome baby Girl Mrs Aga khan . Congratulations to you and Rahim . Xx N
Spears’s new mother-in-law also enjoyed a career as a model; Sarah Frances Croker-Poole was The Aga Khan’s first wife, taking the name Begum Salimah Aga Khan when they were married in 1969.