Princess Diana’s niece is more than just a pretty face.
Lady Kitty Spencer, a 27-year-old model and philanthropist, has been receiving more and more international attention since she attended the royal wedding of her cousin, Prince Harry.
Through modelling contracts with Italian luxury fashion brands like Dolce & Gabbana and Bulgari, Spencer is establishing herself as a working model, but insists there is more to her than her privileged upbringing.
Spencer, like her cousin Prince William, is an ambassador for Centrepoint, a charity that helps homeless youth find employment.
“The root cause of homelessness is such a serious problem in the UK and these people aren’t much younger than me – in fact, they’re the same age as my siblings,” Spencer said in a recent interview with Harper’s Bazaar. “I just think it’s outrageous. How can it still be that in this country young people still don’t have a safe space to rest their head at night? They’re staying awake at night because they’re scared of what might happen on the streets, then they sleep in the day because they’re exhausted. It’s a reality that shouldn’t exist.”
When asked how she balances living a glamorous life (just check out her Instagram) with seeing the hardships young people are facing, Spencer says it’s all about “balance and perspective.”
“I have immense gratitude for the life I live but it also gives me a platform to talk about issues and causes I feel passionately about,” she said. “That’s a responsibility that I take very seriously. Having awareness and gratitude is important.”
Spencer has become one to watch on the red carpet. Recently, at an event for Bulgari, the U.K. born, South African raised daughter of Earl Charles Spencer, wowed in a ruffled white gown by her go-to label, Dolce & Gabbana.
The blonde beauty has such a penchant for the Italian clothing label, she even sported a printed floral dress that featured a moka pot (espresso pot) emblazoned on the front.
While Spencer is clearly embracing her role as a fashionista, she insists she’s more focused on building her personal character than becoming the biggest supermodel in the world.
“It’s not that I don’t have goals or clarity, but it’s less about what I what I want to be, but more about character – who I want to become,” she said. “As long as I’m compassionate, strong and hardworking, then I’ll be happy. You need to be able to look back on your life and think you were passionate about something and that you did your bit to help or to change a situation no matter how small. That’s ultimately what it means to be alive on this planet; to be compassionate is to be human.”
It looks as though Spencer has definitely inherited her famous aunt’s charitable spirit!