Courtney Smith was scouted twice: first, at a shopping center, and then at a festival when she was studying in Cape Town. She grew up in Durban, a city by the beach in South Africa with year-round summer heat. Initially, she hesitated about modeling, but was drawn to the profession for the huge perk of traveling around the world. For her life as a model, she put her university study (for a degree in genetics) on hold, because she can learn more about life and the world through the first-hand experience that only traveling provides.
As a model, Courtney Smith did a major shoot for Swatch, the Swiss watch brand, which included a TV commercial and billboards, while she has been featured in Harrods for their Urban Retreat makeup campaign. Her modeling career has often landed her in Zurich, Switzerland, for quick shoots before boarding the plane again, although she would like to explore the city more when time permits. Besides modeling and finishing her studies, a sense of activism drives Courtney, as she is currently doing treks and other campaigns for a charity in Iceland. Through her social media platform, Courtney Smith would like to use her position to help people around the world.