Amber Smith followed in her mother’s footsteps when she began her modeling career at age fifteen. She started out locally with newspaper advertisements and weekly fashion shows at the Holiday Inn.
Just before her sixteenth birthday, Amber left for Paris. For four years, she worked in the international modeling circuits in Europe. Her breakthrough came when her naturally blonde hair was dyed red. What was previously a slight resemblance to the famed movie star Rita Hayworth became a strong likeness.
Amber appeared in back to back issues of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, she was chosen as Esquire’s first Vargas Girl of the 1990s, and she launched a Wonderbra campaign which portrayed her as the first Wonderbra model.
Amber received recognition with high fashion covers in Vogue, Elle, Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire, among many others. The strong editorial coverage led to advertising for L'Oreal, Buffalo Jeans, Camel, Kahlua, Volkswagen, and Panama Jack to name a few.