Early Life and Texas Roots
Born and raised in the small town of Port Lavaca, Texas, Hope grew up with the strong matriarchal influences of her mother and grandmother. They encouraged her to take a leap of faith when modeling became her passion. She got her chance to make modeling a profession at age 16 when she was crowned Miss Texas Teen America and won a professional modeling contract. Hope took an accelerated program to complete school early and left Texas to begin her modeling career in New York City.
As a part of her first modeling contract, Hope worked with Wilhelmina Models beginning in 2001 and went on to fill her portfolio with work for many high-fashion brands including Balenciaga, Patek Philippe, Elie Saab, and Versace. In 2003, Hope earned her esthetician license, in part, as a complement to her life in the beauty industry but also to feed her drive to learn and explore the world around her. She held this education in her back pocket, and it would come to her aid when her career changed years later.
She expanded her modeling career into appearances and lead roles on television, including as a long-term original host and producer on the Toronto-based weekly program “Inside Fashion” (Canada) from 2006-2009 and as a competitor on the 2011 season of the reality show “Celebrity Apprentice.”
Hope and Motherhood
A mother of four, Hope has two young sons, Hendrix and Legend, and twin daughters Zya and Zuri. Her first two pregnancies were, as Hope says, “rule-breaking” home births, which inspired her appreciation of hiring a dedicated doula. Hope herself is a doula, training she acquired in 2018 to expand her knowledge of pregnancy and delivery. Unable to carry another pregnancy after her second son was born, Hope and Robert turned to a surrogate and were soon parents to twin daughters, bringing their family to a total of six.
Hope is the first to say that motherhood comes in many forms and loves an approach to motherhood that includes self-care at its core. Motherhood, to Hope, is about what you put out into the world. She finds inspiration from mothers in her life, from those who take care of their children, to those who care for their community, and ultimately, themselves, as well.
Hope and Family
Since their whirlwind romance and ultimate storybook wedding on the Amalfi Coast of Italy in 2015, Hope and her husband, Robert F. Smith, have been growing their family, with two sons and twin daughters. Splitting time between their homes and other favorite travel destinations around the globe, the family spends time together, along with their “village” that Hope is always quick to praise for their role in her family’s life.
What Inspires Hope Smith
Hope has often been one step ahead of herself, planning for that next phase of her exciting career. While working as a model, she also earned her esthetician license. For her first business, she opened up a successful medical spa in Texas before moving on to found her own luxury beauty line. What’s next is simply a matter of hard work and dedication: and Hope has proven she has plenty of both.
Founder and CEO of MUTHA™
What was created was the first premier product in the MUTHA™ product line, the luxury body butter, to fight stretch marks and nourish skin every day.
With a clear vision of a beautiful skincare line, Hope was disappointed with meetings she took with potential companies that wanted to change the look or complicate her message. So she created her own company instead. MUTHA™ came to life in 2019 and has grown into a luxury skincare brand for women — and any unapologetic BAD MUTHA™ out there.
but also at home, where important self-care rituals can be a part of the everyday, not a periodic indulgence. Learn more about MUTHA™ and Hope’s role as leader of a luxury skincare revolution in the beauty industry.