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Princess Salwa Aga Khan

Salwa Aga Khan
Born Kendra Spears
(1988-08-05) August 5, 1988
Seattle, Washington, United States
Spouse(s) Prince Rahim Aga Khan (m. 2013)
Modeling information
Height 5 ft 10.5 in (1.79 m)[1]
Hair color Brown[1]
Eye color Blue/Green[1]
Measurements 33-25-35 (US)[1]
Dress size 2 (US) ; 32 (EU)
Manager NEXT Model Management
Traffic Models

Princess Salwa Aga Khan (born 1988), previously Kendra Spears, is the wife of Prince Rahim Aga Khan and an American fashion model.

Kendra Spears was born on August 5, 1988, in Seattle.[1] She graduated from South Kitsap High School with an Associate's Degree acquired through a dual-credit high school and college program (Running Start).[2] She then attended Portland State University to study Sociology,[2] and obtained a BA in sociology from the University of Washington.[3] In January 2008, Spears began her modeling career in New York City and went on to become a successful fashion model.


In January 2008, Spears participated in the Ford Models Supermodel of the World competition, after winning a modeling contest via MySpace. After the competition ended, she gained a contract with Ford Models of New York and debuted at New York Fashion Week in September 2008. After success in New York, Spears went on to walk for the most prestigious designers in Milan and Paris, including Gucci, Christian Lacroix, Lanvin, Hermès, and Valentino.[4]

Shortly after the show season ended in October, Spears appeared on a succession of covers of the Danish fashion magazine Cover and the Italian magazine Amica.[5] The covers were followed by a Dazed & Confused editorial featuring new faces of the season as well as editorials for V and Vogue Italia.[5]

For the Fall 2009 season, Spears was photographed by Steven Meisel as one of the faces of Prada. Shortly afterwards, she moved back to Seattle to complete her degree at University of Washington. Although the move limited her ability to work, she still managed to shoot advertising campaigns including Stefanel shot by Mario Testino, Calvin Klein shot by Alasdair McLellan, The Limited shot by Patrick Demarchelier, Etro, and Diane von Fürstenberg.[5]

Throughout Spears's career she has been photographed for the cover of a number of Vogue magazines worldwide, including Vogue China, Vogue Nippon, Vogue Germany, and Vogue Mexico. She has also appeared on the covers of international editions of Elle, Allure, and Numero and in adverts for Calvin Klein, Diane von Fürstenberg, Peek & Cloppenburg, Etro, and The Limited.[1]

Spears is currently the face of Armani Code Fragrance and Moschino Pink Bouquet Fragrance.[6]

Personal life

On April 26, 2013 Aga Khan IV announced the engagement of his eldest son, Prince Rahim Aga Khan, to Kendra Spears.[7][8] The couple married on 31 August 2013, at the Château de Bellerive, Geneva. This was formerly the home of Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan and Princess Aliya. [9] The bride has since been known as Princess Salwa.[10]

On October 29, 2014 it was announced that the princess is currently expecting her first child with Prince Rahim.[11]

Titles, styles and honours

Styles of
The Princess Salwa Aga Khan
Reference style Her Highness
Spoken style Your Highness
Alternative style Ma'am
  • August 5, 1988 - August 31, 2013: Miss Kendra Spears
  • August 31, 2013 – Present: Her Highness Princess Salwa Aga Khan


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Fashion model Directory Profile of Kendra Spears".  
  2. ^ a b "Profile of Kendra Spears at".  
  3. ^ p. 1176 at
  4. ^ "Kendra Spears". 
  5. ^ a b c "Kendra Sprears at". Retrieved 2009-10-17. 
  6. ^ 
  7. ^ "His Highness the Aga Khan Announces Engagement of His Eldest Son Prince Rahim to Ms Kendra Spears". 
  8. ^
  9. ^ "The wedding of Prince Rahim and Miss Kendra Salwa Spears". The Ismaili. 
  10. ^ "Multicultural Royal Wedding in Switzerland". Royal Hats blog. 
  11. ^ "Model-turned-princess Kendra Spears pregnant with first child". Hello! Magazine.

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