Friday, April 26, 2013

American model to marry heir to Aga Khan

credit: Gary Otte (Aga Khan's office)
The Aga Khan has announced the engagement of his eldest son, Prince Rahim Aga Khan, to Miss Kendra Spears, an American model. 

Miss Spears was born in Seattle, Washington, on August 5, 1988.  She is a graduate of South Kitsap High School in Washington State.  She studied Sociology at Portland State University.

Prince Rahim Aga Khan was born October 12, 1971.  He is the second eldest child of the Aga Khan and his first wife, Sarah Crocker-Poole, who was a fashion model in the 1960s.

Rahim's younger brother, Prince Hussain, married an American woman, Kristin White.  They met at Columbia University in New York City.   Kristin converted to Islam and took the name Khalyia.  The marriage lasted only five years, and the couple was reported to have separated in September 2011.    The eldest of Aga Kahn's three children by his first wife, Princess Zahra's married to Briton Mark Boyden, ended in 2005.

Prince Rahim and Miss Spears have been a couple for at least a year.

"Aiglemont, France, 26 April 2013 — His Highness the Aga Khan today announced the engagement of his eldest son, Prince Rahim Aga Khan, to Ms. Kendra Spears of Seattle, Washington, the United States.

The Aga Khan, who is the Spiritual Leader or Imam of the global community of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, said he was delighted to announce the engagement.

Prince Rahim Aga Khan holds a BA from Brown University and an executive management degree from the Navarra Business School in Barcelona, Spain. He is involved in the poverty reduction efforts, notably micro-credit activities, of the Aga Khan Development Network – one of the largest private systems of agencies fostering social, cultural and economic development in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Ms. Spears holds a BA in sociology from the University of Washington in her native Seattle. She has a strong interest in arts and architecture. Ms. Spears has had a highly successful career as a model, working with many of the most prestigious fashion houses."

The couple will be married in a Muslim ceremony. The date of the marriage has not been set yet.

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