The Naples 10: Kate King

Lush landscape, beautiful beaches and pristine settings—that’s what Naples is known for. What can be surprising is who might be lunching on the other side of the restaurant, or dropping by Wynn’s Market for a last-minute ingredient. Many of these notables chose Naples because of its quiet beauty and the ability to fly under the radar. We introduce 10 interesting, and possibly surprising, neighbors.


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   Kate King | Fashion Model
Kate King - fashion model - Dolce & Gabbana

Kate King’s seventeenth year was a great one—the year of her first modeling job for a Tommy Hilfiger ready-to-wear show. Since then, she has been named to’s Top Ten Models for the fall fashion runway shows, hitting the catwalk for Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang, Michael Kors, Proenza Schouler, Moschino, Prada, Yves Saint Laurent and Christian Dior. King is also one of the new faces for the Dolce & Gabbana ad campaign, and “2011 has been the most crazy and life-changing year I have ever experienced,” she says. “I was definitely surprised by how much of your life has to become dedicated to your career in order to be successful.” With little downtime between jetting from one exotic shoot to another from her home in New York, Naples is where she likes to relax. Her grandparents and family have been vacationing in Naples, and her family moved to Naples when she was 12 from Toronto, where she was born. “I went to school [in Naples] for five years; I have many friends to visit,” she says. “I love Naples. It has a quaint small-town charm but with all the conveniences of living in a city. I have always loved the beach, and in town you are never more than a 15-minute drive away from one.” With her modeling career on a skyrocket, a day at the beach is as close to teenage normal as the now-busy career woman can get.  “I do feel like I miss out on normal high school experiences; I didn’t get to go to prom or graduation,” she says. “However, even though I didn’t get to walk for graduation, I did get to walk amazing shows in Fashion Week, and those experiences for me are more special.” While everyone is focused on her looks, King says she continues to look for what’s beautiful about people on the inside. “I would like people to know that I am smart and love to eat, and that the majority of models are really intelligent girls who are completely healthy.”

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