Model with a Mission: Kim Snyder

By Fabiana Santana

It’s not every day you meet a model who not only earned a degree from Georgetown, but from Oxford too. Or has started her own cosmetics line and is a certified nutritionist, yoga instructor, and raw food chef. Meet Kimberly Snyder.

She’s the face of countless ad campaigns for clients such as Target, Asics, Diesel, and Everlast; she’s also the girl contorting herself into various poses for the current Chelsea Piers Campaign. But Kim’s amazing beauty and physique are not the only reasons we love her. She’s a model with a mission, and she really hopes you come along for the ride.

“Some of the most profound things in the world are simple at their core,” says Kim. That’s a fact of life she learned while traveling around the world not one, but two times. She was living and working as a model in Sydney, Australia, when she made the decision to take off on a trip that would last three years and find her living in tents, bungalows, hostels, and basically out of a backpack. “I had a couple of jobs in Asia, and I got the travel bug in a very bad way. So I took off on a spontaneous journey on my own that took me overland over 50 countries. It was amazing! Though I was alone, I never really felt ‘alone,’ and I always trusted that I would be okay—and I was.” During her travels, Kim studied about natural health and beauty and became fascinated by skincare. “I believe that beautiful skin is the universal sign of beauty all around the world.”

Kim studied local health and beauty practices every step along the way, accumulating in-depth knowledge of indigenous traditions and put it all to use as soon as she returned to the States. She founded Envision Beauty, a beauty company that creates the most effective products sourced from the best ingredients from nature and science. “We don’t use harsh synthetic chemicals, preservatives, or fillers to save money. Every ingredient in our products has an important purpose.” To further the point, Kim partnered with Project Concern International, a charity that focuses on sustainable humanitarian projects here in the U.S. and across the world. Some of their projects include helping women through microenterprises in Africa and India, building clean water wells in Africa, and providing emergency medical relief in Asia and South America. Says Kim, “They keep administrative and fund-raising costs to a minimum, so the maximum of donations goes to the people that need them. I believe in them 1,000 percent.” So much so that 10 percent of all of Envision Beauty’s net proceeds are dedicated to them.

Kim’s lifestyle also reflects her belief in all things natural. She is a highly sought-after yoga instructor (she helped Jessica Biel get her kickass bod) who studied with yoga master Dharma Mittra and a vocal member of the Living Foods Movement, training under Dr. David Jubb, a pioneer in cellular nutrition and natural healing. She is also a certified nutritionist and raw food chef. Her blog chronicles her cooking skills on the sets of TV shows and movie productions. She was a contributing editor for the best-selling book Mario Lopez’s Knockout Fitness (Rodale 2008), has written skincare articles, and has been featured in numerous national publications including Cosmopolitan, Domino, Glamour, and Marie Claire.

Kim’s worldly journeys changed her life in every possible way. “I learned to value what was really important in life, and I learned how little I needed to be happy. Also, I can really feel the innate connection between all beings on Earth. I would travel anywhere, and could instantly feel connected and at home with new people in any place. Because of this, I learned to love others unconditionally.”

Kim and Envision Beauty are partnering with Saks Fifth Avenue’s Fashion Valley location on Thursday, May 7, to celebrate moms; proceeds from the event will go to Project Concern’s programs that support women and mothers worldwide. Photos from Kim’s three-year journey will be on auction, and the evening will also feature in-store shopping discounts, free gifts, complimentary martinis and hors d’oeuvres, desserts by dazzleM desserts, and an Algodon-hosted wine bar as well as a Mother’s Day trend presentation in which mother-daughter teams will model several designer clothing lines.

Visit www.envision-beauty.com for more details.

Watch Kim’s slideshow of photos here.

[Ed note: Kim Snyder is no longer affiliated with Envision Beauty. - 10/4/10]

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