The Journey of Kaki West Swid from a Cover Model to Philanthropist


In life, we’re all on a journey. When one journey ends, another begins. That’s the point. Life is all about the magic of transformation and evolving into the best possible version of yourself.

There’s an old proverb that reads, “It’s not the destination; it’s the journey.” Kaki West Swid appreciates this more than most. The former cover model has become a ‘model citizen’ thanks to her philanthropic endeavors.

Nowadays, Kaki is more recognizable as the face of such charitable organizations as the Wounded Warrior Project than she is for the actress and glamorous model who has and continues to grace runways and magazine covers worldwide. Yet the Irish American animal activist was destined for an eventful life from day one.

Born in Newport RI, Kaki is the daughter of New York Times bestselling author and former Ronald Regan era politician, Bing West.

Growing up around a father with such an influential role was a real eye-opener for the young Kaki. And she saw firsthand the difference good intentions and hard work could make.

Kaki’s mother was a model, and as a tall and pretty girl herself, it was only natural she would follow in her mom’s footsteps.

At the age of 14, she signed to the prestigious Ford Modelling Agency. Her other passion was, of course, acting, and after graduating in Theatre Arts from Whittier College, she decided to concentrate on her modeling career.

As an in-demand cover girl, Kaki was a regular on the front of such household names as FHM, Maxim, GQ, and Esquire magazine.

Later on in her career, Kaki also found time to pursue her dramatic dreams and appeared in various films, and TV shows such as Entourage and The Bronx is Burning.

After marrying New York mogul Scott L. Swid, son of the late, great business tycoon Stephen Swid, Kaki decided the time was right to start a family.

Becoming the proud mom of boy/girl twins West and Lily West, changed Kaki’s perspective on life. She was still passionate about continuing her modeling career, but she also hungered to try her hand at new things and help others.

Alongside her husband, she founded the Henry Street Settlement, ‘USO,’ and the Wounded Warrior Project. All organizations are about helping to give something back in an attempt to try and make the world a better place.

The hard-won wisdom of a wife and mother had sharpened Kaki’s appetite to not only help others but also to try her hand at new things as well.

As the daughter of famed writer Bing West and sister of bestselling writer, Owen West, it was only natural that Kaki would one day put pen to paper herself.

She has just written her first movie screenplay, which has garnered attention from the executives at the streaming giant Netflix.

The future, as always, is a blank page for Kaki, but one thing’s for sure, based on her story so far, when it is eventually written, it should make for some pretty engaging reading.

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