Societies around the globe have a tendency to think of models, actresses, and other entertainers as people of elite upbringing from the epicenters of entertainment around the world. New York City, London, Paris, and Los Angeles might be the place these famous artists currently call home, so it is a surprise to learn about the humble roots that so many of them possess. Meet Cane River Creole Beauty: KD Aubert!
Actress and international fashion model K.D. Aubert is the perfect example of a high profile citizen with humble roots. In fact, few would probably guess that Aubert is of creole descent, but one look at her birth and everyone would soon realize this international beauty’s looks come from her creole heritage.
KD Aubert – Born on the Bayou
Aubert was born Karen Denise Aubert on 6 December 1978 in Shreveport, Louisiana. Her family’s creole background matches that of most of Louisiana’s long-time residents. Generations of family members growing up on the bayou interacted and intermarried, throwing a dash of Native American, African-American, and French culture in the family bloodlines.
The region of Louisiana that Aubert hails from is home to the Cane River Creole people of Louisiana. Inhabiting the northern regions of Louisiana, centred in Natchitoches Parish just south of Shreveport, the Cane River Creoles developed their own strong culture in the northern part of the state that became distinctly different from those cultures in the southern regions of Louisiana.
Cane River Creoles contain a mixed ancestry that includes predominantly French, Spanish, African, and Native American cultures. However, during the late 18th and early 19th centuries, a number of migrant groups began moving into the area and contributing to the creole culture there. This included other creole people such as those from the New Orleans.
Raised in America’s Largest State
Although Aubert describes herself as an “African-American with a dash of Creole”, the majority of her life was spent outside of Louisiana. Her family eventually moved to California where she grew up and attended San Diego State University. While in school she played in the Aztec softball team, but it would be her stunning natural beauty that got her noticed.
She knew from a young age that a life in front of the camera was her destiny. Throughout high school she participated in school theatrical programs and performed in school plays. When she wasn’t playing for the Aztec softball team in college, she was participating in theatre; it was just something that seemed to draw her in.
Aubert’s beauty was “discovered” while she was working behind the makeup counter at her local Macy’s location. Her modeling career commenced in 2001 with the firm LA Models. She began as a runway model working fashion shows overseas and subsequently broke into print modelling with Elite models (also of LA). Her gig with Elite put her in the spotlight of numerous major campaigns for brands such as Victoria’s Secret, Noxzema, Frederick’s of Hollywood, and Escada.
As the limelight intensified, Aubert found the worlds of television and film opening up to her. While hosting the MTV show “Kidnapped” in 2002, she landed a role in the cult classic film “Friday After Next” on her very first Hollywood audition. This role helped her break-in to Hollywood and led to roles in other films such as “The Scorpion King” alongside the Rock and “Hollywood Homicide” with Harrison Ford and Josh Hartnett.
A Life Outside the Lens
Her life wasn’t all about what the public saw on the big screen or small screen at home. Aubert’s modelling and acting endeavours merely helped to open the door to more important aspects of her life. As a person, she loves to travel and fully immerse herself in the culture of other countries and societies. Her modelling work made the pursuit of that ambition possible.
It also helped Aubert by providing her with a larger media profile that she could use to promote worthy causes. For example, in 2007 (while residing in Chicago) she volunteered her time on the campaign program of Democratic candidate and current President of the United States, Barack Obama. During her time in Chicago she helped spread Obama’s message and was able to meet influential individuals including Arne Duncan and Rahm Emmanuel.
Numerous charities also became close to her heart through the years. As a resident of California, she works closely with the non-profit organization Urban Born in Los Angeles. The program seeks to help mentor young school children in urban areas in regards to making better life choices, avoiding crime, and giving back to their communities. She has also volunteered her time to the Charlie Mack Foundation in Philadelphia.
Work with the Sickle Cell Disease Foundation (California)
Perhaps the cause that is most near and dear to her heart is the Sickle Cell Disease Foundation of California. Growing up, two of her sisters dealt with sickle cell disease, and as an adult who witnessed the battle with the disease first hand it seemed only natural for her to lend her high profile to the cause.
Sickle cell disease affects between 80,000 and 100,000 Americans, and can have a particularly heavy impact on individuals of African-American and creole descent. Those at high risk for sickle cell include people with ancestors from Africa, regions of the Mediterranean, and the Caribbean. The American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that some three million Americans carry the gene for sickle cell and 1 in 400 African-American children are born with the disease.
K.D. has done what an increasing number of famous entertainers and performers do with their high profile: give back to the communities and people that gave to them. Going forward, she has no clear idea of what the future holds for her career and her life, but she definitely possesses the ambition to accomplish whatever goals she sets out to achieve.
Aubert hopes to keep traveling the globe and experiencing the world around her. In addition to continuing the growth of her KD Aubert Brand, she is a stalwart supporter of the fight against Sickle Cell Disease, given how close to home it has struck her. More than anything, she wants to be part of the solution.