Kim McNair Found Strength in Grandmother’s Love


As a young teen, Kim McNair had the looks of a runway model and started getting a few modeling jobs. When she won Miss Teen Dynamic Beauty of Bergen County, New Jersey, Kim felt like she was on top of the world. However, in her junior year of high school, all her dreams seemed to come to a screeching halt when she became pregnant.

“My family was crushed,” Kim says. “It was hard. Everything I was used to was taken away, like dance classes, recitals, and competitions. I thought my life was over. My grandmother, who taught me to always strive for the best, and my mother, told me I was going to do what I had to do … no welfare, continue with school, and move forward.”

Kim was living with her grandmother who, with the help of her mother, babysat her child and supported her so she was able to graduate with her class. Kim got a job, got married, and had another child. She later got a second chance to live out her dreams, when she entered a competition and was discovered by a New York modeling agency. She was even featured in a Diana Ross music video. “I was tall and slim and had a real presence on stage,” she recalls.

After a while, Kim divorced and became a single parent. In 1990, after putting together a successful fashion show, she founded McNair Productions. More phenomenal achievements soon followed.

Kim was selected to be the casting director for NBA basketball star Shaquille O’Neal’s music video, and appeared with other models in the hit movie Passenger 57. She has received numerous awards, worked with celebrities as an event planner, and has helped non-profit organizations raise more than 2 million dollars.

“I’ve loved the journey,” she says, grateful for her grandmother’s help in her younger years. “It’s been a great ride and I’m looking forward to more rewarding adventures in the future!”

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