Food / Wellbeing

Who is Nara Smith and why can’t we stop watching her videos?

Nara Smith

My TikTok algorithm is fine-tuned to "hot women who cook" (see Gabbriette for further evidence). The latest face that's flooding my feed? That would be South African and German model Nara Smith, who currently lives in LA with her husband, model Lucky Blue Smith, and their two children Rumble Honey and Slim Easy. And, as our Content Director Elyssa Kostopoulos told the RUSSH office, everytime a video from Smith pops up, it slows down the otherwise breathless pace of the app. You could say she's our safe space on the internet.

Below, everything we know about Nara Smith, and why we can't stop watching her cooking videos.

Who is Nara Smith?

Nara Smith (née Pellman) was born in South Africa (where her mother is from) but moved to her father's birthplace, Germany, when she was only three months old. She began modelling at 14 years old and has since signed with IMG. When she was 18 years old, Smith uprooted to the United States alone, where she's lived ever since.

In the last year, Smith has gained a sizeable following thanks to her viral TikTok videos. Scrollers are intrigued by Nara Smith, especially since she is married to fellow model Lucky Blue Smith who was something of an internet sensation when he burst onto the scene in 2015. (Lucky Blue Smith also has a daughter, Gravity Blue Smith, from his previous relationship with model Stormi Bree. Gravity was born in July 2017.)

Both Nara and her husband are Mormon, adhering to the Church of Latter-Day Saints, though in a video Nara said she's not staunch about her beliefs and is still "learning and figuring out" what faith looks like to her.

The pair began dating 2019, before getting married six months later in early 2020 during a beachside ceremony in Los Angeles.

In her videos, Nara, who is pregnant with a third child, cooks for her family wearing cashmere loungewear and feather slip dresses, which is all especially soothing thanks to her soft-spoken narration – sometimes she'll even record the voiceover in German.

How old is Nara smith?

Media outlets have all reported different ages for Nara Smith. However, the model confirmed her age in a TikTok video earlier this month. Nara Aziza Smith was born on September 27, 2001, making her 22 years old. She's also a Libra – all that cashmere makes sense.

@naraazizasmith hi to everyone that‘s new or has been here since the beginning🫶🏽 #grwm #makeup #fypシ #chattygrwm #gettoknowme ♬ Chopin Nocturne No. 2 Piano Mono - moshimo sound design


Best Nara Smith recipes

There's no denying that Nara Smith has a flair for cooking. She even said that it's her love language. If you don't follow along on TikTok, Smith also has a cooking Substack called Paper Pantry.

Her recipes include everything from beef birria tacos to cinnamon buns to lasagne to dal and naan. Naturally, everything is homemade. I mean everything; butter, mozzarella – even cereal. Think trad wife content like @ballerinafarm minus a handful of children and a few hundred million dollars, and set in the city instead of a ranch.

It's this element of Nara Smith's content that's ruffled feathers, with some critics calling it anti-feminist. Although, we always thought the point of feminism was about giving women the opportunity to be stay-at-home mums or corporate girl bosses? Anyway, this feels inconsequential to argue about when women in Gaza are giving birth without anaesthesia and women in the US are fighting for bodily autonomy.

Her videos include meal prep, trips to In N Out, get ready with me beauty and fashion content. Long-standing followers will know Nara cannot go through the day without a midday beverage; sometimes it's an iced tea, other times sparkling apple and grape juice. She's also been candid about her struggles with eczema, and is an overall positive force on the internet.

In any case, below find our favourite recipes from Nara Smith.

Beef Birria Tacos

@naraazizasmith I used 3 Guajillo, 2 Ancho and 2 Arbol chillis 🫶🏽 #birriatacos #easyrecipe #mealideas #tacos #fypシ #cooking ♬ original sound - Nara Smith


Roasted Tomato Soup

@naraazizasmith now this… #easyrecipes #homecooking #tomatosoup #garlicbread #fypシ #homemadefood ♬ La vie en rose (Cover Edith Piaf) - 田东昱


Croissant Breakfast Bake

@naraazizasmith one of my favorite breakfasts lately🫶🏽 #baking #easyrecipes #fypシ #croissant #breakfastideas #dessert ♬ My Love Mine All Mine - Mitski


Cinnamon Rolls

@naraazizasmith slowly getting the hang of baking 🥹 #cinnamonroll #baking #easyrecipe #homecooking #coupletok #fypシ #marriage #dessert ♬ Chill Vibes - Tollan Kim

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Images: @naraaziza