Kendra Spears weds Prince Rahim in a fariytale wedding
We all know it. Every girl’s dream. Marrying a prince charming and spending the rest of the days of her life as a beautiful princess in a huge mansion and having all her wishes come true. And that is exactly what happened with American supermodel Kendra Spears as she married Prince Rahim Agha Khan in a fairy tale wedding on 31st August. The 25 year old model who is described as “a model, among other things” is now the proud owner of the title “Princess Salwa”. It was indeed a happy moment for her as she was welcomed into the ultra-rich family with a splendid wedding.
The marriage ceremony of Prince Rahim and Kendra took place in the grounds of Chateau de Bellerive, beside the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland. Just family and close friends were invited to the ceremony which took place in accordance with the royal family’s custom i.e. a traditional Muslim ceremony. Before the wedding, Spears had converted to Islam. The brunette beauty looked stunning in her traditional ivory and gold sari embroidered with gold. Her thick diamond earrings and matching necklace were quite prominent due to her elegant hairstyle, her hair in an elegant chignon while her make-up was natural.
The ceremony began with the recitation of a traditional “qasida” in Farsi language, a poem which is used to praise someone. After that, the “nikah” took place and the couple took vows. The whole marriage was overseen by his Eminence Sayyed Muhammad Musawi, a distinguished Shia faith leader. An 18th century piece of Islamic art was then presented to the newly married couple as a wedding gift. This was followed by photographs in the palace garden, first as a couple and later on, with the whole family. The two of them had made public their engagement in April but had not confirmed at that time when they were going to be married. Shortly after the wedding, an excited Kendra Spears tweeted, “Thank you for all the kind tweets! We’re very excited!”
Once dubbed as ‘the next Cindy Crawford’, Spears came into limelight in her modeling career when she participated in the Ford Supermodel of the World 2008 after winning a modeling contest via MySpace sponsored by Ford. She was declared runners-up in that show, losing to Korean fashion model Hyoni Kang. Having reached the final, she instantly became famous and signed a contract with Ford Models after the competition. In September 2008, she took part in New York Fashion Week and also opened the Spring 2009 Trovata show. Soon after, she was chosen as one of the faces of autumn/winter 2009 Prada campaign by Miuccia Prada. She has walked the catwalk for prominent fashion houses such as Calvin Klein, Chanel, Louis Vitton and Dolce & Gabbana. She has also featured in the covers of’ Danish Fashion magazine Cover’, ‘Elle France’, ‘Vogue China’ and Italian magazine’ Amica’. She made the headlines in 2009 when she was sued by Ford Models for changing model agencies. A two year legal battle ensued which result in Spears having to pay over 96000 pounds in royalties after switching to Next.
Meanwhile Prince Rahim Agha Khan is the eldest son of his Highness Prince Karim Agha Khan and his first wife Princess Salimah. He is a graduate of Brown University, USA and Navarra Business School, Spain and helps his father in his economic development projects, the latest being the poverty reduction efforts of the Agha Khan Development Network.
Thankfully for Spears, the transition from model to princess won’t be an uphill task as she has plenty of women to guide her from inside the royal family, which has a long history of marrying models. Prince Rahim’s paternal grandfather was married to Rita Hayworth. His father, (now Kendra Spear’s father-in-law) had married famous supermodel Sarah Croker Poole, later known as Princess Salimah Agha Khan, though they divorced later on in 1995. Prince Rahim’s younger brother, Prince Hussain had also married a model, Kristen White in 2006 in a splendid ceremony at a 14th century Chateau outside ofParis, but they also got divorced later on. And her sister, Princess Zahra, also married British male model Mark Boyden in 1997. This marriage too, ended in a divorce. Well, we wish the latest couple best of luck and hope that their marriage will work out.