Cory Kennedy

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Cory Kennedy
Cory Kennedy Paris 2008-03-02.jpg
Kennedy in Paris, March 2008
Born Cory Kennedy Levin
(1990-02-21) February 21, 1990 (age 25)
Santa Monica, California
Modeling information
Hair color Blonde
Eye color Brown
Dress size 2
Official Website

Cory Kennedy-Levin (born February 21, 1990) is an American model and Internet celebrity.


Kennedy met photographer Mark Hunter (who goes by the alias "The Cobrasnake") at a Blood Brothers concert at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, California in the summer of 2005. He took some photographs of her for his web site and they exchanged phone numbers. In January 2006 Kennedy began an internship at his office, to fulfill a requirement from her high school for graduation.[1] Hunter's web site featured photos of celebrities at various parties, to which he began bringing Kennedy to. Consequently, Hunter and Kennedy began dating with the approval of her parents.

In December 2005, Hunter had posted photos of Kennedy with the title "JFK CORY KENNEDY", which began speculation that she was somehow related to the Kennedy family, which she is not.[1] By April, Hunter claims that he had noticed that every time he posted photos of Kennedy on his site, the web traffic from fashion community sites would spike. Hunter quickly realized that Kennedy had the potential to be a star.[1] That month, as the Kennedy-Levin family visited New York City on vacation, Kennedy and Hunter visited the offices of Nylon magazine, the editor-in-chief of which was a friend of Hunter's. The very next day she was in a photo shoot for an issue focused on music and MySpace, which hit news stands in June.

She was mentioned in a New York Times article about interns[2] and LA Weekly's Caroline Ryder did a short article about her.[3] Then in October, she appeared in a mock music video for Good Charlotte's "Keep Your Hands Off My Girl", directed by Nylon's editor-in-chief Marvin Scott Jarrett. The entire clip is shot from a single camera at a fixed angle, and consists of Kennedy shaking salt and pepper to the beat while eating Indian food and listening to the song on a portable music player. The viral video became one of the most popular videos on the Web.[1]

Her parents had known about her exposure online but had not realized the extent to which it had grown until the June issue of Nylon appeared. Because Kennedy had been previously treated for clinical depression, their primary concern had been her health and well-being. By September 2006, her celebrity life began to conflict with her home and school life. Worrying for her education, her parents had her placed in a boarding school, a "nonpublic therapeutic placement"[1] with limited phone and computer use, although she is free to leave on weekends. Despite this, she has been featured in numerous ad campaigns[citation needed], magazine covers[citation needed], and an editorial in Vogue[citation needed]. .

Career highlights[edit]

  • Kennedy and Hunter both appeared in the first episode of 90210.[9]


Kennedy has a fraternal twin sister named Chris.[10] She also has two younger sisters, Chandler and Cody, and a lizard named Raul Seixas. She currently lives in New York City.


  1. ^ a b c d e Hubler, Shawn (2007-02-25). "The secret life of Cory Kennedy". West magazine (Los Angeles Times). Retrieved 2007-02-25. 
  2. ^ Tkacik, Maureen (2006-07-30). "Interns, the Founts of Youth". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-02-25. 
  3. ^ Ryder, Caroline (2006-08-02). "Cory's World". LA Weekly. Retrieved 2007-02-25. 
  4. ^ Sharaby, Orli (January 29, 2008). "Cory Kennedy Becomes the New Face of Urban Decay". PSFK. Retrieved 2008-04-28. 
  5. ^ Gilewicz, Samantha (May 27, 2008). "WIN CORY'S HAIR STUFF". Nylon. Retrieved 2008-06-09. 
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  9. ^ Krentcil, Faran (August 14, 2008). "AND STARRING MARK AND CORY, AS THEMSELVES". Nylon. 
  10. ^ Kelley, Shanon (October 27, 2006). "Cory Kennedy - A Short And Sweet Lil' Interview". Paper Magazine. 

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